Player News - Oilers

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Adam Larsson has been dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Taylor Hall.

In 82 games last season, Larsson recorded three goals and 18 points, which was down from his personal best of 24 over 64 contests in 2014-15. Larsson was the fourth overall pick in 2011 and he hasn't developed his two-way game the way New Jersey hoped he would.
Jun 29 - 3:55 PM

Luke Gazdic didn't get a qualifying offer from Edmonton.

Adam Clendening wasn't tendered a qualifying offer either, so both of them will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Gazdic had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 29 outings with the Oilers last season. Clendening dressed in 20 matches with Edmonton.
Jun 27 - 5:34 PM

Iiro Pakarinen has agreed to a one-year contract with Edmonton.

He posted five goals and 13 points in 63 games with the Oilers in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 3:08 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are in talks with UFA-to-be Eric Gryba.

Gryba suffered a knee injury on February 16 and did not return the remainder of the season. Talks to re-sign the defensive defenseman are on-going but took a bit of a break as Gryba was married on Saturday. Congratulations to the blueliner on his nuptials. He had only a goal and six points in 53 games with 75 penalty minutes so his fantasy value is limited at best.
Jun 26 - 7:27 AM

There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned.
Jun 26 - 7:21 AM

Markus Niemelainen has been drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 2016 class.

The Oilers made him the 63rd overall selection. Few have seen their stock plummet like Markus Niemelainen's over the last year, as he was originally expected to be a first rounder. He collected 27 points in 64 games for Saginsaw, but 13 came in the first 16 games, and closed the final 11 games (including four playoff matches) off the scoresheet. That said, the 6'4" 200-pounder already has a man’s body and was experiencing his first taste of life in North America. The Finn has done in all internationally, twice, and perhaps simply needs a new and greater challenge to ease his boredom with the ailing Spirit. Of those who praise Niemelainen, he's seen as a wise, quick-thinking, and well-rounded defender without any weaknesses in his own zone.
Jun 25 - 1:12 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Tyler Benson with the second pick in the second round.

The left winger was ranked a middle second round pick after a nine goal and 28 point performance in 30 games. He was the first overall selection in the WHL draft a couple of seasons ago so his value has dropped. The Oilers hope he can regain his status as a top player.
Jun 25 - 10:15 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Jesse Puljujarvi with the fourth selection.

The Oilers must have been thrilled when Puljujarvi was available at number four. They need a defenseman but will now likely deal Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov or possibly Taylor Hall to fill that hole. Puljujarvi posted 13 goals and 28 points in 50 games for Karpat of the SM-Liiga, an excellent mark considering he’s just 18-years-old. However it’s his sparkling international play that gets the highest regard. Puljujarvi, more of a playmaker than a scorer, managed to pot a hat trick for Finland in the U-18 gold medal. Then took home Best Forward honors at the U-20’s after winning the scoring title. In 19 combined games internationally over the last year-plus, Puljujarvi nine goals and 23 points. Already standing at 6’4" and 205 pounds, the winger simply needs to sharpen his defensive game and his shooting ability to maximize his potential. He could crack the Oilers lineup as early as this season.
Jun 24 - 7:44 PM

Laurent Brossoit is expected to challenge for the backup job during training camp.

Edmonton might bring in a goalie with NHL experience to compete with him for that role, but it sounds like Brossoit will at least have a shot at winning the job. He had a 3.61 GAA and .873 save percentage in five games with Edmonton last season. At the AHL level he posted a 2.66 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 contests.
Jun 23 - 12:15 PM

Jordan Oesterle has inked a one-year contract with Edmonton.

He split time between the Oilers and Bakersfield of the AHL in 2015-16. In 17 NHL appearances, he posted five assists and he had 25 points over 44 matches in the minors.
Jun 20 - 6:09 PM

Tyler Pitlick has inked a one-year extension with the Edmonton Oilers.

Pitlick had seven goals and 21 points in 37 AHL games last season. The 24-year-old forward has appeared in 27 career NHL contests, but didn't play for Edmonton in 2015-16.
Jun 17 - 5:17 PM

Niklas Lundstrom has agreed to play for IF Bjorkloven next season.

The team plays out of the Allsvenskan, which is the second-highest league in Sweden. Lundstrom was on the roster of a handful of minor-league teams in 2015-16 and he struggled in the AHL/ECHL after he was acquired from St. Louis in the Anders Nilsson trade.
Jun 15 - 4:34 PM

Andrew Ference can't be bought out by Edmonton because he hasn't been cleared medically after hip surgery in early March.

"He's not cleared to play ice hockey and a cartilage repair takes a long time," said agent Kurt Overhardt. "He's nowhere near being cleared so it's not even an issue. If you are hurt, you're hurt. He has to be able to run, he has to be able to skate." Ference played just six games last season, while serving as a depth defender.
Jun 15 - 4:28 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play for Team North America at the World Championships.

North America will be made up of American and Canadian players 23 years of age and under so Nugent-Hopkins will be their wily old veteran at the age of 23. "Since I’ve played more years than other guys I hoped my experience would get me there (313 games)," said Nugent-Hopkins. "Feels weird but I’ll be one of the oldest guys on the team and be counted on and if I have to play a different role on the team, I hope to have an impact. It’s strange to be one of the older guys (23). I’ll play wherever they want me to go." Nugent-Hopkins is still rehabbing an injured finger that kept him out of the World Championship but he will be good to go in September. He has been a disappointment after going first overall in 2011 and do not be surprised if he is dealt elsewhere during the off-season as the Oilers are loaded down the middle.
May 28 - 9:09 AM

Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal in Canada's 2-0 win over Finland in the Gold Medal Game at the World Hockey Championship.

This is the first time that Canada's won back-to-back gold medals at the worlds since 2003-2004. At 19-years-old, McDavid becomes the youngest player ever to win gold at the U18 World Championship, the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. McDavid finished the tournament with just one goal, but it couldn't have been any bigger. You can watch the goal by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
May 22 - 4:26 PM


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