Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers have signed Ty Rattie to a one-year contract.

Rattie spent most of the season in the minors before coming up to Edmonton in late February. The 25-year-old had five goals and four assists in 14 games with the Oilers. He may not have much fantasy appeal going forward, but he did gain some value down the stretch alongside Connor McDavid. That will be something to keep an eye on for next year.
Apr 14 - 7:54 PM

Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson has confirmed that Edmonton will carry forward with GM Peter Chiarelli.

The Oilers' failure to make the playoffs this season was a big disappointment, but Chiarelli has also taken heat over some of the trades and signings he's made since he took over in Edmonton. He traded away Taylor Hall, who is now a Hart Trophy candidate, the draft pick that turned into Mathew Barzal, who will likely win the Calder Trophy, and Jordan Eberle, who had 25 goals and 59 points this season. Chiarelli also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract in 2016 and Lucic had 34 points in 82 games this season.
Apr 12 - 2:51 PM

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli voiced his support of Milan Lucic following the player's rough 2017-18 campaign.

Lucic, who Chiarelli signed to a seven-year, $42 million contract in July 2016, had just 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games this season. "He’s got to obviously produce more and there were a lot of areas of his game that were subpar," said Chiarelli. "Finishing, defensive-zone play. But he’s still young (29 turning 30 this June) in the big picture. He’s got tremendous character and I know the work he’s put in in previous summers. He knows where his game has to be as the NHL’s advanced and he’s committed to that. I liked his skating (this year). I thought he worked on that last summer." Lucic also said he expects to be better in 2018-19. Chiarelli certainly needs to hope that he'll improve because right now that contract isn't looking favorable.
Apr 12 - 8:25 AM

Keegan Lowe has returned to AHL Bakersfield.

Edmonton has summoned Lowe on March 30th on an emergency basis, so he'll head back to the minors now that the Oilers' season is over. He ended up playing in two games with Edmonton and had four shots while averaging 13:54 minutes of ice time.
Apr 10 - 5:04 PM

Ethan Bear has been assigned to the AHL.

Bear had a goal and four points in 18 games with Edmonton. Obviously, the Oilers season is over, so he might as well get in some extra work in the minors.
Apr 10 - 5:02 PM

Head coach Todd McLellan blamed himself for the Oilers' failed season.

"The performance of the team is on my head," McLellan said. It sounds like he will be staying on as the bench boss though, so he'll get an opportunity to turn the Oilers around. There was a lot of optimism about Edmonton after they got to the second round in 2017, but they posted a 36-40-6 record in 2017-18. Rather than look towards the coach, there's a lot of people that are going to blame GM Peter Chiarelli for this. Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have both looked good after being traded by him while a draft pick he dealt turned into probable Calder Trophy-winner Mathew Barzal. He also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract and Lucic's second campaign of that deal looked pretty bad.
Apr 10 - 8:49 AM

Connor McDavid won his second straight Art Ross Trophy after leading the league with 108 points in 82 games.

McDavid picked up at least one point in 58 of his 82 appearances, while leading the NHL with 32 multi-point performances and 14 three-point efforts. He amassed 84 of his points at even-strength, which topped his closest competition by 18.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 9 - 5:29 PM

Milan Lucic is determined to bounce back in 2018-19.

Lucic had an underwhelming 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games this season. In terms of points-per-game, that's his worst showing since 2009-10. "I’m a person who has a lot of pride, I’ve always come to the rink and brought my best, never let my teammates down," Lucic said. "This year I felt like I let my teammates down in a lot of situations. I’m not happy or proud of the way that I played. But I’ve been through some rough patches before … I’ve always found a way to come back even stronger. That’s basically where my head is at heading into the off season." The Oilers need to hope that he'll come through. He's still signed with a $6 million annual cap hit through 2022-23.
Apr 9 - 4:47 AM

The Edmonton Oilers confirmed Connor McDavid will be Denmark-bound next month for the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

The NHL's leading scorer will bear the brunt of the responsibility for Team Canada's offensive attack and tournament performance. McDavid is a game-changer who must become the focal point of opponents’ defensive strategy to succeed. Teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will join McDavid on Team Canada at the competition.
Apr 8 - 8:36 PM

Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) expects to be ready for the 2018-19 season.

Klefbom said his shoulder has bothered him for years, but it was nothing structural or a labrum issue. "They went in and basically vacuumed out the shoulder," he said of the surgery. "There was 22 bone fragments. I got great news with only six week recovery so I will be ready and healthy next year."
Apr 8 - 2:26 PM

Cooper Marody has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton.

Marody's rights were acquired from Philadelphia on Mar. 21 in exchange for a 2019 third-round draft pick. He recorded 16 goals and 35 assists in 40 games this season for the University of Michigan.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

Leon Draisaitl scored a power play goal in the Oilers 3-2 win on Saturday.

It was Draisaitl's 25th of the season and only his sixth on the power play as the Oilers were the worst team in the NHL with the man-advantage. The goal also gave Draisaitl 70 points this season. It was an off-year for the winger and expect 80-85 points next season. Draft him accordingly.
Apr 8 - 8:21 AM

Cam Talbot made 36 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Talbot won't get to take his Oilers to the playoffs as he boldly proclaimed partway through the season, but at least he'll end the season with back-to-back victories. Talbot concludes his season with a 31-31-3 record, a 3.02 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 1:41 AM

Connor McDavid picked up two assists in a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

McDavid earned assists on goals by Leon Draisaitl (power play) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the contest. He will more than likely secure a second consecutive Art Ross Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top point scorer at the end of the regular season. He amassed 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games this campaign.
Apr 8 - 1:37 AM

Cam Talbot will start Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Talbot has a 30-31-3 record with a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this season.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 7 - 9:59 PM


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