Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (foot) will not participate in the World Championships.

Nugent-Hopkins had interest in joining Team Canada for the tournament, but his doctors advised against it. He should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign though.
Apr 16 - 9:23 AM

Nail Yakupov won't play for Russia at the World Championships because of a hip injury.

He signed a two-year extension with the Oilers this past Monday. Yakupov registered 14 goals and 33 points in 81 games in 2014-15.
Apr 15 - 4:51 PM

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn't making big promises about the Edmonton Oilers for the 2015-16 campaign.

"For me, I would forecast it as another developmental year," MacTavish said. He also suggested that the team would have "modest growth." That's likely going to frustrate fans as Edmonton hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, but it's also likely an accurate prediction of what's to come.
Apr 14 - 11:10 AM

Although Todd Nelson is likely to stay as the Oilers' head coach, GM Craig MacTavish wants to weigh his options.

Nelson seemed to help the team turn a corner after a disastrous start and they ended up with a 17-22-7 record over his tenure. "I'd be crazy not to acknowledge the good job Todd did since he took over," MacTavish said. "I don't want to get into too much about specifics what the next coach will look like, but I've been consistent in what I've said about coaching. I have to let the emotion die down from the season. We're going to give a fixed amount of time going forward to see what that landscape is and then we're going to make a decision. But in my experience, you're better off buying time before we get to that conclusion." There might be a number of desirable coaches on the market this summer, including current Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock, so that might be part of MacTavish's motivation for keeping his options open.
Apr 14 - 11:07 AM

Nail Yakupov has signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

His new contract will carry an average annual value of $2.5 million. Yakupov posted 14 goals and a personal best 33 points in 81 games this past season. He has 88 points in 192 contests over three years with the Oilers.
Apr 13 - 11:48 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (foot) hopes to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships.

Nugent-Hopkins missed the last week of the season with a fractured foot that has been in a walking boot but the center has been told that the chances of worsening the injury aren't great if he plays. Nugent-Hopkins ended the season with 24 goals and 56 points, not too bad considering he got off to a slow start.
Apr 13 - 7:56 AM

Todd Nelson did a good job in Edmonton as he was 17-22-7 this season after taking over from Dallas Eakins.

Nelson did a terrific job in getting a lot out of Nail Yakupov and certainly deserves another chance to see what he can do in Edmonton. But it will be up to GM Craig MacTavish who may like some of the potential coaching candidates a little better.
Apr 13 - 7:52 AM

David Musil was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City to join the Barons in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Musil saw just four games with the Oilers this season, registering two assists and one minor penalty in that time. He recorded a goal and 10 points with 33 PIMs over 62 games with the Barons, making the 22 year old a boon for their blue line.
Apr 12 - 6:21 PM

Brandon Davidson was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City to join the Barons in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Davidson recorded a goal during his five games with the Oilers this season, but produced four goals and 10 points with 41 PIMs over 58 games for the Barons. Making the 23 year old a much appreciated boost to Oklahoma City's blue line.
Apr 12 - 6:16 PM

Martin Marincin was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City to play in join in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Marincin produced just a goal and five points with 16 PIMs for the Oilers over 41 games this season, but the Barons could use the 23 year old to boost their blue line. Marincin scored seven assists with 20 PIMs in 27 games for Oklahoma City this season.
Apr 12 - 6:12 PM

Jordan Eberle will play for Canada at the upcoming World Championships.

Eberle does not want to play in the World Championships any more but the Oilers lack of success during the regular season forces him to play in the Worlds rather than the NHL playoffs. "Yeah, this will be my fifth time playing for Canada," Eberle said. "I’m looking forward to still playing some hockey and developing my game. I’m still a young guy. I don’t want to be there every year (27 games so far at the worlds). I want to be in the playoffs. I've been there four years and haven’t had much success but it’s nice to get the opportunity to have a chance to win." He will be joined on the Canadian squad by Taylor Hall.
Apr 12 - 7:16 AM

Ben Scrivens gave up 20 goals in his last four games.

That is bad but even worse is the fact that Scrivens faced only 100 shots in that time frame for a save percentage of .800. He finished the season with a 15-26-11 record to go with a 3.16 GAA and a .890 save percentage. If he was on your fantasy squad at the end of the season, you were not in contention.
Apr 12 - 7:12 AM

Benoit Pouliot tallied three points in the Oilers’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

Pouliot, who got a goal and two helpers, has been a bright spot amid another disappointing season in Edmonton. He finishes up with 19 goals and 34 points in 58 games. Taylor Hall (goal, assist), Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle and Teddy Purcell netted the other goals.
Apr 12 - 12:56 AM

Ben Scrivens gave up six goals on 23 shots in the Oilers’ 6-5 overtime loss to Vancouver on Saturday night.

Clearly, the Oilers will have to go out and improve their goaltending this offseason. Scrivens, in 57 games, had a 3.16 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. He has $2.3 million remaining on his contract.
Apr 12 - 12:54 AM

Matt Hendricks will tag in for Curtis Hamilton in Saturday's season finale versus Vancouver.

Hendricks comes in looking to finish his best season since 2010-11 with Washington strong. He's posted eight goals, 16 points, 69 blocks, 76 PIMs, and 219 hits over 70 games.
Apr 11 - 8:19 PM

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