Player News - Oilers

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As expected, Connor McDavid rejoined the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McDavid had three assists in three games with Team North America during the World Cup. Now that he's back with the Oilers, he skated alongside Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. It wouldn't be shocking to see that trio on the ice together in Edmonton's season opener as well.
Sep 28 - 5:03 AM

Scott Allen has been cut from the Edmonton Oilers' training camp roster.

Allen will instead report to AHL Bakersfield. He had 15 goals and 34 points in 42 ECHL games in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 5:00 AM

Joey Benik has been reassigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

Benik has been participating in the Edmonton Oilers' training camp. He's getting ready for his first full pro season after recording 23 goals and 48 points in 41 games with St. Cloud State in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 4:59 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was flanked by Benoit Pouliot and Jesse Puljujarvi at Tuesday's practice.

It was his first session in training camp after returning from the World Cup of Hockey as a member of Team North America. Nugent-Hopkins played well as a two-way pivot at the tournament, but Edmonton will be expecting much more offense from him in 2016-17. He posted 12 goals and 34 points in 55 games last year.
Source: Global News
Sep 27 - 6:17 PM

Milan Lucic skated on the same line as Connor McDavid on Tuesday at practice.

"You have to be ready no matter where you are on the ice because he (McDavid) is really good at getting guys the puck," said Lucic. "That's one thing that I've definitely got to get used to, just being ready for pucks at all times in scoring positions. When you get those chances you've got to make sure you score." Lucic has stated that the opportunity to play with McDavid was a major selling point for him going to the Oilers in free agency, so he should be motivated to make the most of it.
Source: Global News
Sep 27 - 6:11 PM

Tyler Pitlick scored the winning goal in a split squad game played in Edmonton Monday night. His successful third period shot elevated the Oilers over the Calgary Flames and the team never looked back en route to a 4–2 victory.

Pitlick was one of four Oilers to score Monday night. Teammates Iiro Pakarinen, Ryan Vesce, and Kris Versteeg also got on the board. The Flames had a first-period, 2-1 advantage on the strength of goals by Kenney Morrison and Freddie Hamilton. Despite giving up four goals in a losing effort, Flames’ Jon Gillies blocked 35 shots to give him a respectable 0.897 save percentage. The net-minding duties for the Oilers were split between Cam Talbot and Eetu Laurikainen. Talbot gave up the Oilers two goals in period one; the 23-year-old Finn Laurikainen was perfect for one period in his bid to make the team, but needed to block only two shots.
Sep 27 - 12:13 AM

Anton Slepyshev is back for his second training camp with the Oilers.

The Russian inked a three-year deal with Edmonton in the summer of 2015 and was highly regarded coming out of training camp last season. But reality set in during the regular season and he ended up with only one assist in 11 NHL games. But the talent is there and his grasp of the English language has improved dramatically in one year. "Last year I didn’t know what awaited me," said Slepyshev. "Now I know more about North America hockey. It was tough to adjust to the small rink last year. Now? I’m used to it. Last year in camp I had lots of time on the ice but once the games (NHL regular-season) started, not so much. The ice-time went down and it was difficult for me and my confidence wasn’t good. Same in the the AHL when I was first there, my first eight games. I don’t want to go back to Russia. I want to make this team." He could start the season in the minors but don't forget about him when he is recalled by the Oilers.
Sep 26 - 7:48 AM

Connor McDavid will report to Oilers camp on Tuesday.

McDavid shone at the World Cup where his speed and moves had his opponents on their heels the whole game. McDavid is a star and it would not surprise us at Rotoworld if he won the scoring title if he can remain healthy. Look for a 90-plus point season from the superstar who doesn't turn 20 until January 13.
Sep 26 - 7:32 AM

Kris Versteeg is thrilled with his opportunity to play in Edmonton.

Versteeg is on a PTO and has been a solid NHL veteran for the past nine seasons. He played for Carolina and Los Angeles last season and had 38 points so his offense is good enough to see third line time. "He’s not a one-tool player when it comes to position and that’s a valuable thing," said head coach Todd McLellan. "If you have the ability to move and you’re comfortable doing it and willing to do it, it certainly enhances your chances. Versteeg is a veteran player, he’s won Stanley Cups he’s been on some really good teams and some developing teams and he tends to have an impact wherever he goes. You have to find a way to leave a mark on the game every night. Veteran players, the smart ones that last a long time, they can do that. We think he’s one of those players. We think he can challenge for a spot." Chances are that Versteeg will make the Oilers who need a veteran presence in the locker room as well as on the ice. Look for 35-40 points.
Sep 26 - 7:26 AM

The Edmonton Oilers could have trouble placing Darnell Nurse in their lineup.

The 21-year-old blueliner was asked to do too much too soon, with the Oilers last season and ended up playing too many minutes in his 69 NHL games. Nurse is going to be a good one but the Oilers can`t risk losing him by playing him in situations that can hurt his development. "I look at Darnell as a five-tool D-man. His skating ability is exceptional. He’s got a bite and a tenacity to him and there’s more offensively there," said coach Todd McLellan. "We have to let him feel good about that, and defensively, he’ll improve. We have an all-around defenceman who can play any which way. Rugged. Or a skill guy. He has the tools for that. Physically, he’s bigger and stronger, but that’s Mother Nature helping out. In Darnell’s case, it’s not about his strength, it’s about reading and reacting (as a D-man). I think he can have a big year for us." Nurse could be a top pairing defenseman this season but it`s better for his development to be one peg down from there.
Sep 25 - 7:07 AM

Despite the rumors that Nail Yakupov might be dealt over the summer, in the end he has started training camp with Edmonton.

"I’m happy to be wearing this orange T-shirt and a practice sweater tomorrow. I like the city, this is my fifth year," said Yakupov. It will be interesting to see where Yakupov fits into the Oilers' lineup. He skated alongside Patrick Maroon and Anton Lander on Friday, but it's hard to read too much into that, especially given that some of Edmonton's key forwards were absent due to the World Cup. Yakupov was limited to just nine goals and 23 points in 60 contests in 2015-16. More was obviously expected from him when he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but at this point it's hard to feel good about his chances of having a meaningful rebound.
Sep 24 - 6:12 AM

For Milan Lucic, his task is not just performing on the ice, but also assisting in Edmonton's culture change.

Edmonton has endured a brutal decade with season-after-season where they've been unable to even make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Lucic has been a veteran of 101 playoff games and won the Stanley Cup. "You have to build some consistency within the season and it starts with building an identity," Lucic said. "This is a team that hasn’t really had an identity over the last couple of years and I think that’s the first thing we need to establish. You have the right coach, you have the right GM and you have the right superstar to lead the way. It’s just about everyone having the right attitude and mindset in order for that all to come together."
Sep 23 - 10:50 AM

With Taylor Hall traded, Jordan Eberle is the Edmonton Oilers' longest serving active player at 425 games and seven seasons with the squad.

"It is funny to think of that (senior citizen), going back to my first training camp when Taylor (Hall) and I were there," said Eberle. "You always talk about the opening night lineup and by the second game it changes…stuff changes quickly around here. If we’re winning maybe it won’t." Eberle is expected to play alongside Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic on the first line this season. That certainly has the potential to be a superb trio and could help Eberle rebound in a big way from his 47-point 2015-16 campaign.
Sep 23 - 10:46 AM

Oscar Klefbom is completely over the foot infection that plagued him last season.

Klefbom was limited to 30 games last season and hasn't played since Dec. 11. When he was healthy he had four goals and 12 points.
Sep 23 - 10:42 AM

Eric Gryba will attend Edmonton's training camp on a professional tryout.

He recorded six points and 75 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Oilers last season. Gryba has been unable to find a team as an unrestricted free agent.
Sep 20 - 11:38 AM


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