Player News - Oilers

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Leon Draisaitl could be seeking an eight-year deal that could push $9 million per season, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug.

Rishaug expects the Oilers to counter with contract in the $7-$8 million range based on other comparable agreements. Edmonton is trying to work out extensions with Draisaitl and Connor McDavid this summer.
Jun 28 - 4:29 PM

Connor McDavid's next contract could be around $13.25 million per season over eight years, according to reports.

McDavid's entry-level deal expires next summer, but the Oilers have prioritized getting an extension done this off-season. The 20-year-old Edmonton captain captured the Art Ross Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Memorial Trophy in his second season in the NHL.
Jun 28 - 10:28 AM

Eric Gryba has signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

The deal is worth a total of $1.8 million, so that is an annual average value of $900,000. Gryba registered six points and 65 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Oilers last season.
Jun 27 - 2:38 PM

Tyler Pitlick is talking contract with the Oilers as free agency approaches.

Pitlick can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He scored eight goals and added three assists in 31 games with Edmonton last season. If he stays with the Oilers then he could be a fourth-line player for the team in 2017-18.
Jun 27 - 1:31 PM

Edmonton has spoken to pending unrestricted free agent Eric Gryba about a new deal.

Talks have reportedly been encouraging, but he has heard from other interested teams as well. Gryba might be looking for a two-year contract, which may be unlikely for a potential sixth or seventh defender on the roster.
Jun 27 - 1:28 PM

Zack Kassian has signed a three-year extension with Edmonton worth $5.85 million.

Kassian was slated to be a restricted free agent on July 1. He produced 24 points and 101 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Oilers last season.
Jun 26 - 3:29 PM

The Edmonton Oilers will not rush their first round pick Kailer Yamamoto to the NHL.

The Oilers have set back if not ruined some of their top prospects by rushing them to the NHL like Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz and it has taken years to recover, if they ever do. But the Oilers can now afford to wait on prospects and the diminutive Yamamoto will go back to the WHL for another season and likely will need AHL seasoning once his junior career is over. Successful organizations to this and the Oilers have started to do so as well.
Jun 26 - 8:20 AM

Edmonton considered moving up in the draft to select Kailer Yamamoto, but he was there for them when they made their pick at No. 22 overall.

"Kailer's skill and grit is a really interesting package. He gets after it on the forecheck, he knocks guys off pucks," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "He is small, but he's strong and he has tremendous heart and skill. To me, he really stood out, especially for where we picked." Yamamoto was also pleased that he went to the Oilers and feels his skill set will fit in nicely with the team.
Jun 24 - 11:04 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Kailer Yamamoto with the 22nd pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers are set down the middle with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl so adding a winger like Yamamoto makes sense for them. Yamamoto has been relatively productive in each of his first three junior seasons. In each year he’s seen his production increase by a good amount, as he went from 57 points to 71 points to 99 points last season. Yamamoto’s been pushed down the draft board because of his size. He’s listed at just 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, which obviously isn’t seen as ideal for the NHL. Even though he’s smaller, it’s impossible to ignore his offensive flare. On top of the success he had in junior, he also led the Americans to gold at the 2016 under-18 World Hockey Championship with his tournament-leading seven goals in seven games. He’ll very likely head back to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs next season.
Jun 23 - 9:14 PM

The Edmonton Oilers and Kris Russell have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

That follows a report Thursday night that Russell and the Oilers were close to inking a trade that was for exactly that length and financial term. The report also suggested that he'd get a full no-movement clause, so we'll see if that part proves to be accurate as well. Russell's deal is a bit of a controversial one as he looks pretty bad from a Corsi/Fenwick perspective and hasn't brought much to the table offensively over the last two seasons. He does block a lot of shots though and averaged 21:13 minutes per game with Edmonton in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 2:05 PM

Ryan Strome is happy to be a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton acquired Strome on Thursday from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle. "Super-excited, honestly, I was at a loss for words," said Strome. "Other than the emotional aspect of missing some teammates, I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Obviously there are a lot of great things going on Edmonton. Just from watching them in the playoffs this year I’m really ecstatic about joining the group. I’ve already had a lot of guys reach out to me from the team, I think that says a lot about them. I’m really looking forward to it, honestly. I’m just super-excited." Strome already has a connection with Connor McDavid as his brother, Dylan Strome, played with McDavid while they were part of the OHL's Erie Otters. Ryan Strome hasn't lived up to his potential yet, so this will be an important season for the soon-to-be 24-year-old.
Jun 23 - 4:18 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to re-signing Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Russell's contract would also come with a full no-movement clause. Russell was limited to a goal and 13 points in 68 games in 2016-17, but he did average 21:13 minutes per game. From an advanced statistics perspective he also leaves something to be desired as his teams tend to do better in terms of Corsi and Fenwick when he's off the ice rather than on it. On the plus side, he does usually block over 200 shots per season, including 213 in 2016-17. His expiring contract was a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
Jun 22 - 11:50 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Ryan Strome from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle.

Eberle had declined somewhat offensively in recent years and he came with a $6 million annual cap hit, so from the Oilers perspective, they're getting a cheaper, younger forward in this exchange. That said, Strome is a gamble. While he does have a lot of offensive upside, the soon-to-be 24-year-old is coming off a campaign where he was limited to 30 points and he only recorded 28 points in 2015-16. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to bounce back. He'll be a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 campaign, so this will be a key season for him.
Jun 22 - 12:52 PM

Connor McDavid has been named as the winner of the Hart Trophy.

The Hart Trophy goes to the league's most valuable player as voted on by the PHWA. McDavid ended up with 1,604 points over Sidney Crosby, who had 1,104. The last time this award went to a member of the Edmonton Oilers, it was Mark Messier claiming it in 1989–90. McDavid shone in his sophomore campaign with 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games. He's the fourth youngest winner of this award. He also claimed the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.
Jun 21 - 10:40 PM

Connor McDavid has been selected as the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Ted Lindsay Award is given to the most outstanding player as judged by his peers in the NHLPA. McDavid is the first Edmonton Oilers player to win the award since Mark Messier (although it was the Lester B. Pearson Award at the time of Messier). McDavid also became the second youngest recipient of the award after Sidney Crosby. Obviously for McDavid to get this honor as a sophomore is very impressive, but it's not surprising after he scored 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 21 - 8:17 PM


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