Player News - Oilers

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Connor McDavid has been named a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

McDavid missed a good chunk of the year because of a clavicle injury, but he still managed to post an impressive 16 goals and 48 points in 45 games. The 19-year-old may not have put up the highest amount of points for rookies in 2015-16, but his point-per-game pace will surely put him in contention for the award.
May 2 - 7:42 PM

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli is disappointed that Edmonton didn't get a top-three pick for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but owning the fourth overall selection still gives them plenty of options.

"If we'd won the first pick, it would have given us more options because at the time it's the better player (for possible trade) and a player that's able to play in the NHL right away," said Chiarelli. "But we've done that where we put players right in and I'm OK if we keep the (No. 4) pick and we get a player who won't help us for a year or two. We haven't done that for a while. Sometimes, you speed up the development but not to the proper hierarchy (on the team)." The Oilers could take one of the top defensemen in the draft at that spot or grab another talented forward. Edmonton could also look to move the pick.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the top-3 at the NHL Draft Lottery and own the 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Edmonton was bumped to fourth by the lottery victories of Columbus and Winnipeg despite finishing 29th in the overall standings. The consensus fourth-best prospect is Matthew Tkachuk, son of Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk.
Apr 30 - 8:38 PM

Connor McDavid will be glad to be on the other side of the draft lottery equation this season.

"It was so stressful, not just for myself but for my family," McDavid recalls. "It’s going to be so different for me this year, rooting for my own team to win the lottery instead of sitting down waiting to find out how my life is going to be impacted in so many different directions." With the odds extremely high that McDavid would go first overall, he was essentially waiting for an envelope to determine what city and organization he would live and work in for years to come. This year Auston Matthews, the presumptive first overall pick, is going through that process and McDavid feels for him. Of course, if Matthews goes to Edmonton there will be no shortage of other first overall picks that will be able to relate with him.
Apr 29 - 10:35 AM

Edmonton Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson is naturally upbeat about his team's chances of winning the draft lottery.

"We’re certainly going to put things in place," Nicholson said. "It’s a tradition that I always had and it worked last year with the lucky socks. And as you know, I can’t outline what it is, because then it’s not lucky. But we’ll have our things in place for Saturday." While Edmonton only has a 13.5% chance of actually getting the first overall pick, the Oilers are nothing if not lucky when it comes to draft lotteries. If Edmonton wins this one then it will be given the first overall pick for the fifth time in seven years.
Apr 26 - 4:50 AM

Edmonton has returned Laurent Brossoit to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

He made five starts in 2015-16 and he posted a 0-4-1 record. Brossoit has a 15-9-3 record along with a 2.69 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the minors this season.
Apr 11 - 4:48 PM

Jordan Oesterle has been assigned to Bakersfield of the AHL.

He contributed five assists in 17 games with Edmonton this season. In 42 games in the minors, he has posted 23 points this year.
Apr 11 - 4:44 PM

Griffin Reinhart has been sent down to the minors.

He split the 2015-16 campaign between the NHL and the AHL. Reinhart had nine points in 27 games with Bakersfield this year and he earned an assist in 29 matches with the Oilers.
Apr 11 - 4:41 PM

Darnell Nurse will complete the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.

He spent most of the season with Edmonton and will get some extra playing time now that the Oilers' year is over. Nurse picked up 10 points and 60 penalty minutes in 69 games with Edmonton. He has one assist in six appearances with Bakersfield.
Apr 11 - 4:37 PM

Connor McDavid will play for Canada in the 2016 World Championships.

It will give McDavid a chance to extend his campaign after he was limited to 45 games due to a broken collarbone. "There wasn’t much to play for late in the season but I’m definitely excited to play for a championship whether that’s in the worlds or the World Cup (playing for Team North America in September). It’ll be fun," McDavid said. He had 16 goals and 48 points in his rookie campaign.
Apr 11 - 9:06 AM

Cam Talbot has accepted an invitation to play for Team Canada in the 2016 World Championships.

"I’ve never represented my country before, great honor to wear the Canadian crest," said Talbot. He had a 2.55 GAA and .917 save percentage in 56 contests in 2015-16. It's expected that he'll still have his number one spot with the Edmonton Oilers when the 2016-17 campaign starts. Laurent Brossoit should be his understudy.
Apr 11 - 9:03 AM

The Edmonton Oilers think that Leon Draisaitl is an untouchable player.

The Oilers have plenty of depth up front but need to trade one or two of their better players to get a solid and top-notch defenseman. That being said, Draisaitl is not going anywhere as the second year player picked up 51 points including 19 goals in 72 games this season. He slumped near the end as he got off to an unbelievable start with 17 points in his first 10 games but at the tender age of 20, Draisaitl has a very bright future ahead of him.
Apr 10 - 8:27 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins closed his season with his 12th goal of the year.

Nugent-Hopkins played in just 55 games, but managed to post 34 points along the way. His talent is undeniable, which is why he makes such an intriguing trade target to help fill out the rest of the roster.
Apr 10 - 2:41 AM

Nail Yakupov capped his lousy season with a pair of points during Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver.

Yakupov finished with a career worst eight goals and 23 points, and one very publicized trade request. One imagines his time in Edmonton has drawn to a close.
Apr 10 - 2:40 AM

Patrick Maroon capped the season with another goal as an Oiler.

Through 56 games in Anaheim prior to the trade deadline, Maroon posted four goals and 13 points. During 16 games since, he scored eight goals and 14 points. Huge if a true display of his talent.
Apr 10 - 2:39 AM


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