Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Hendricks will likely not be with Edmonton next season.

The 35-year-old was a valued member of the Oilers the previous three seasons as his tough play and leadership on the ice as well as his presence in the dressing room, aided the young Oilers. But he only played 42 games in the regular season this year as well as not playing at all in the post-season as Edmonton went younger and faster and there was not a spot for Hendricks. He could find work once again in the NHL as a part-timer but with only four goals and seven points this season, his fantasy value is non-existent.
May 21 - 7:11 AM

The Edmonton Oilers signed Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year, one-way deal worth $725,000.

Pakarinen was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. The 25-year-old had two goals and two assists in 14 games with the Oilers in 2016-17. He also suited up in one game during the postseason. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value next season.
May 20 - 8:57 PM

It will be interesting to see how much Connor McDavid signs for once he's eligible to sign a contract on July 1.

Typically players coming off their entry-level contract don't have much in the way of negotiating power as they're restricted free agents without arbitration rights, but obviously McDavid is a unique case. It seems unlikely that Edmonton would risk playing hardball with a player that has already won the Art Ross Trophy at age 20. In fact, this looks like a case where McDavid holds all the cards and can basically set his own price should he be willing to agree to the maximum length, eight-year contract. With that in mind it will be interesting to see if his new deal exceeds the cap hit set by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million each). Of course, if he leaves money on the table then Edmonton will have more cap flexibility to build a team around him, so we'll see how much of a consideration that proves to be.
May 18 - 10:18 AM

Edmonton has signed Dylan Wells to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He posted a 33-15-2 record with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL in 2016-17. Wells also had a 3.07 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. Wells was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Oilers.
May 17 - 1:10 PM

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has been selected as one of the finalists for the NHL's GM of the Year Award.

The Oilers finally put together a solid season after years of mediocrity, and both Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan are up for awards this offseason. Edmonton finished second in the Pacific Division with a 47-26-9 record, which was a 33-point improvement from 2015-16. Ottawa's Pierre Dorion and Nashville's David Poile are the other two finalists.
May 16 - 7:36 PM

Connor McDavid has one more season left on his entry-level contract and an extension is at the top of GM Peter Chiarelli's to-do list.

The 20-year-old Oilers captain led the NHL in assists (70) and points (100) during the 2016-17 season. McDavid has generated 46 goals and 148 points in the first 127 games of his NHL career.
Source: TSN.ca
May 16 - 6:08 PM

A contract extension for Leon Draisaitl is a top priority for Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli this off-season.

He will become a restricted free agent in July after completing his entry-level contract. Draisaitl has a bright future ahead of him after he amassed 29 goals and 48 assists in 82 games in 2016-17. He also had 16 points in 13 playoff contests.
Source: TSN.ca
May 16 - 6:02 PM

Andrej Sekera will have knee surgery this week.

GM Peter Chiarelli believes the procedure will happen on Thursday. In the best-case scenario, Sekera could be back in mid-November. A more conservative outlook on his recovery from knee surgery might be around Christmas. Regardless of when Sekera returns it will probably be a while before he gets back to 100 percent. He suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs and his initial timetable is set for six-to-nine months.
May 16 - 5:26 PM

Andrej Sekera suffered a torn ACL during Edmonton's second-round series against Anaheim.

He is expected to be sidelined for six-to-nine months. Sekera is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday and he will miss a significant chunk of the 2017-18 season if that timetable doesn't change.
May 16 - 12:37 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to struggle on faceoffs in his career.

He has a 43.3 percent success rate on faceoffs during his six-year career and the closest he has made it to the 50-percent mark came in 2014-15 when he won 46.0 percent. Nugent-Hopkins' struggles in the circles and his troubles offensively could result in the Oilers looking for help at center. "Nuge is a tremendous player, a detail player. There's more offense to him and that'll be the message we deliver to him," said coach Todd McLellan. He recorded 18 goals and 43 points in the regular season followed by no goals and four assists in the playoffs.
May 15 - 1:32 PM

Kris Russell would love to re-sign with the Edmonton Oilers.

Russell, who is a native of Alberta and a pending UFA, had a great season with Edmonton as a defensive minded blueliner, alongside Andrej Sekera. He inked a one-year deal with the Oilers in the off-season and both sides were more than satisfied with the results. "They showed faith in me by going out and signing me," Russell said Friday. "I love playing here. It’s a first class organization. They treat you very well. The group inside is great. I think this team obviously has a bright future. I wish we were still playing, but I think this team grew a lot." Stay tuned.
May 15 - 8:43 AM

Drake Caggiula could find himself on Connor McDavid's line next season.

The Oilers are considering moving Leon Draisaitl to the second line as a center and if so, Caggiula may have a spot on McDavid's wing. "He's obviously a world-class player; it's lots of fun to play with a guy with that much speed who makes plays all over the ice. I guess the coaches had trust and faith in me," said Caggiula. "Whatever position they want me to play I will, but I’m most comfortable on left wing. It was my home for four years at school and for most of this season. I’ll come to camp this fall and prove I can play high up in the lineup. I'll stay hungry." If that is the case, then Caggiula deserves to be drafted in the middle rounds of most pools.
May 14 - 7:19 AM

Connor McDavid will benefit from his first taste of NHL playoff action.

"It's tough when you're not getting space. A guy like me needs time with the puck and the ability to come through the middle with speed, and obviously, when they're taking that away, it makes your job pretty tough," McDavid said. "It's not fun playing with a shadow, but it's something you get through. Maybe I'll get used to it. Obviously, it was my first experience in the playoffs. It was a good one, we learned a lot as a team and I learned a lot about myself." He posted five goals and four assists in 13 playoff matches after he led the league in scoring during the regular season with 100 points in 82 games. McDavid wants to improve on faceoffs and he intends to shoot the puck more often when he gets the chance. He should be at the top of everyone's draft board going into the 2017-18 season.
May 13 - 11:02 AM

Jordan Eberle was disappointed with his performance during his first trip to the NHL playoffs.

He had no goals on 22 shots and just two assists in 13 postseason games. "That's the biggest thing, that's the one that really stings," Eberle said. "You take this long to get to the playoffs and you don't perform and play to your standards. That's what hurts." He scored 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games during the regular season. Eberle would like the opportunity to rebound in 2017-18 as a member of the Oilers, but there's a chance he could be traded in the off-season as GM Peter Chiarelli looks for ways to improve his roster. Coach Todd McLellan still has confidence in Eberle though and he stood up for him after Edmonton's playoff elimination.
May 13 - 10:53 AM

Leon Draisaitl took a lot of positives from Edmonton's 2016-17 campaign.

The Oilers made it to the second round before being eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7. That's a big step up after years of finishing at or near the bottom in the league's standings. "(We showed) that we can win," said Draisaitl. "That we can play with any team, it doesn’t matter who it is. We know in here that we can play with any team and we can beat any team. For the players, the fans and the league as well, that’s the most important thing to take away. We know how good we are. We have a bright future ahead if we keep getting better, if we decide to keep going the right way as a group." The Oilers certainly have a lot of promise and they'll be a team to watch closely next season.
May 12 - 10:20 AM


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