Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.

"It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 28 - 9:59 PM

Andrew Ference doesn't believe there are changes coming to Edmonton's captaincy.

"One of the first conversations I had with Todd (McLellan, Edmonton's new coach) was about that," said Ference. "I brought it up ... I like things out in the open. I don't like walking on eggshells or awkward moments, player to coach, player to GM. This isn't a vanity project. We should want everybody pulling on the same rope for the Oilers." Ference has been the captain for the last two seasons and he'll be the oldest player on the team at the age of 36.
Aug 26 - 10:20 AM

Oilers forward Nail Yakupov admitted that Derek Roy scared him when they started playing together last season.

"The first five or six games with Derek I was scared of him," Yakupov said. "He would be yelling or swearing at me, but it was worth it. Sometimes you’re trying to be everywhere on the ice, but you have to be in your spot and listen to the centre." The 21-year-old has a lot of offensive upside, but he's struggled with consistency in his young career. Yakupov finished with 14 goals, 33 points and a minus-35 rating last season.
Aug 22 - 9:03 AM

Taylor Hall feels re-energized going into the upcoming season.

"It has been a tough five years but there's something about the off-season that kind of lets you rewind and get focused again for the (upcoming) season," said Hall. "The changes that have been made are exciting. With Connor [McDavid] coming in, I feel like it's almost like my first year again." Hall took to the ice with McDavid for the first time on Monday at BioSteel's hockey camp in Toronto. He was impressed with McDavid's speed saying, "He seems to glide faster than most guys skate at full speed." The duo are expected to be linemates this year and if Hall can stay healthy then it could easily be a career year for him offensively.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 18 - 10:45 AM

Scrivens has signed a new contract with New York - Jenny Scrivens, that is, with the National Women's Hockey League's New York Riveters.

The wife of Oilers' goalie Ben Scrivens played goaltender in college at Cornell University, and has stayed in the game through coaching and watching her husband play. "I found out there was an opportunity to play and I jumped on it," she said. "I do miss playing competitive hockey and I’m really excited about helping grow the game and getting other girls interested in playing." Jenny and Ben both wear No. 30 on the back of their jerseys, and in a sense, both attempting a comeback this season after Ben was demoted on the Oilers' depth chart with the acquisition of Cam Talbot.
Aug 16 - 10:33 AM

Andrew Ference used a unique approach to garner the attentions of all NHL GMs back in 1997 when he was snubbed by Central Scouting.

After not being ranked for the 1997 NHL draft and not invited for testing by Central Scouting, Ference elected to fax a letter to every NHL general manager asking for an opportunity for a tryout. In that very same draft, he was drafted in the eighth round (208 overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ference ended up debuting for the Penguins in 1999 and played four more years with them. He has played in 901 NHL games to date where he has scored 43 goals and added 182 assists. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Boston bruins in 2011. It turns out the Central Scouting System missed the boat on Ference who is now the captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
Source: CBC sports
Aug 15 - 2:05 PM

Edmonton's power play got much better after the All-Star break and the arrival of Connor McDavid should help it along further.

"With a guy like [McDavid] coming in too, that will ignite us a little more hopefully," said Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "We should be a team with a really strong power play and we've got to get back to that." Edmonton was fourth in the NHL (23.6 percent) after the break, which allowed the team to finish 19th overall.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 14 - 5:51 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins feels he is becoming a much more balanced player.

"I think I was better at finding the balance between the offensive side and the defensive side (last season). If you worry too much about one or the other, it hurts the other one," he said. "If you play more solid at both ends of the rink it creates more offense for everyone, and I started to find that last year." Nugent-Hopkins is expected to be paired with Jordan Eberle and Connor McDavid will be skate with Taylor Hall this campaign. His 45.7 winning percentage on faceoffs will have to improve and he's slated to take a step forward offensively after recording 56 points in each of his last two seasons.
Aug 14 - 3:59 PM

Marc-Olivier Roy agreed to an AHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday.

He has played the last three seasons with Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL. He wasn't signed by the Oilers after he was selected in the second round of the 2013 class. Roy wasn't re-drafted in 2015 even though he had 50 points in 59 games last year.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 12 - 5:30 PM

Philip McRae has signed an AHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors.

The club is owned by the Edmonton Oilers. In 67 games with AHL Chicago last year, McRae registered 15 goals and 33 points. He has three points in 15 NHL contests in his career and all appearances came with the Blues during the 2010-11 campaign.
Aug 7 - 5:21 PM

Derek Roy is still looking for a new team and his agent is surprised that his client doesn't have a contract yet.

"Derek's healthy, in maybe the best shape of his life ... he's been working out with Gary Roberts," said Rob Hooper. Roy isn't thinking about attending camp on a tryout, but that could be an option if he remains unsigned going into the fall. He would prefer to stay in the NHL even though he has received lucrative offers from European clubs, according to his agent.
Aug 6 - 8:58 PM

Jordan Eberle has the potential to turn into a major scoring threat in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

After registering 32 points in the final 32 games of last season, Eberle could be in line for a big year in 2015-16. He is expected be paired up with Taylor Hall and rookie sensation Connor McDavid to form the Oilers top line, which could lead to another 75-plus point season for Eberle. With McDavid's playmaking abilities, Eberle could surpass his career high of 34 goals set in the 2011-12 season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 10:27 PM

Cam Talbot said he's looking forward to battling for the number one job in Edmonton's crease.

The Oilers still have Ben Scrivens and they brought in former Islanders' goaltender Anders Nilsson on a one-way contract, but the job should be Talbot's to lose. "Obviously Ben and Anders are good goalies as well so there will be a battle in the crease. I’m looking forward to the competition," said Talbot. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rangers at the NHL Draft, and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent at season's end.
Aug 1 - 10:55 AM

After unwinding during the 2014-15 campaign - his first since ending his playing career - Ryan Smyth is interested in working for the Edmonton Oilers again.

He's not sure what role he would have, but he hopes to discuss that with the Oilers. Depending on what Edmonton wants, he might end up focusing on helping Edmonton's prospects develop. To that end, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of becoming Connor McDavid's temporary landlord to help as the 18-year-old adjusts to the NHL. However, he denied reports that he has already volunteered or requested that he assume that role. "Haven't been contacted at all (about McDavid) … it’s all rumors. I haven't put my name forward. It's not that I haven't thought about it though," said Smyth. If Edmonton decides to utilize him in any capacity, Smyth would bring 1,270 games worth of NHL experience with him.
Jul 28 - 10:11 AM

Luke Gazdic has lost about eight pounds, bringing him down to roughly 230.

Gazdic plans to be down to about 225 pounds by the time training camp starts as he wants to be a bit more of a leaner, quicker player. "It's made a difference," he continued. "I really feel it on the ice. I won't lose any strength because I do want to be quicker and I want to be more agile but I still have to be able to take on the toughest guys in the league." He had three points and 43 penalty minutes in 40 games with Edmonton last season.
Jul 22 - 9:57 AM


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