Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract worth $68 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $8.5 million. Draisaitl put up solid numbers in 2015-16 (19 goals, 51 points in 72 games), but he really came into his own last season, as he was second on the Oilers with 29 goals and 77 points in 82 games. The 21-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the best young centers in the NHL, and the Oilers have shown their commitment to him with this huge contract. Draisaitl will carry the biggest cap hit on Edmonton's roster next year, but he'll be passed by Connor McDavid's $12.5 million cap hit two years from now. After McDavid, he's the most dangerous forward on the team.
Aug 16 - 2:15 PM

Edmonton has signed 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Yamamoto was selected 22nd overall back in June. The diminutive forward amassed 42 goals and 99 points in 65 contests for Spokane of the WHL last year. He was also a standout performer at the World Junior Summer Showcase for the United States.
Aug 10 - 7:27 PM

Edmonton has hired Vaclav Burda as their director of European scouting.

Burda has had that position with the Ottawa Senators since 2008. He will report directly to Bob Green, who is the Oilers' director of player personnel. The 44-year-old played for 12 years in Europe before retiring back in 2002.
Source: Sportnet.ca
Aug 5 - 6:29 PM

Ryan Strome is looking forward to getting a fresh start with the Oilers.

He recorded just 13 goals and 30 points in 69 matches with the Islanders last year. "With so many ups and downs in my career, I think I've definitely learned to handle adversity pretty well," Strome said. "I've had a lot thrown at me and I've gone through some stuff. I definitely don't feel like too much of a rookie anymore, it's funny how fast time flies. But being traded now, it's a good opportunity, and people are excited to have me and it's going to be good. It's nothing but optimism from my end." Edmonton intends to take advantage of Strome's versatility by playing him up and down the lineup, but it's probable that he will get a chance to play on the right side with Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.
Aug 5 - 10:06 AM

Connor McDavid has been busy working on his game this off-season as he enters his third year.

McDavid captured the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in just his second NHL season, but he wants to improve in some areas. "You definitely want to keep your game well-rounded, but there are areas you can get better at and shot for me is the first objective," he said. "And then it's rounding out your game. Being solid in your own zone, being a good faceoff guy, those are things that are all important as you go deep in the playoffs." He potted 30 goals on 251 shots last season.
Aug 3 - 1:03 PM

Tyler Benson got back on the ice for Edmonton's development camp this month for the first time since undergoing sports hernia surgery on April 18.

Injuries have held Benson back for the last two seasons. He was limited to 33 games in the WHL last season and he appeared in only 30 contests in 2015-16. The Oilers prospect, who was selected 32nd overall in 2016, feels he will be ready for training camp. He is expected to play in his fourth year with Vancouver of the WHL this campaign and he is eager to put his injury issues behind him.
Jul 31 - 2:53 PM

Oscar Klefbom will likely be leaned on heavily at the start of the 2017-18 season due to an injury to Andrej Sekera.

Klefbom proved he was up to the challenge last year when he logged a team-high 22:22 of ice time per game. He also topped all Oilers defensemen with 12 goals and 38 points in 82 contests. Klefbom will probably be paired with Adam Larsson again because the duo had plenty of chemistry last year.
Jul 27 - 4:13 PM

Edmonton bench boss Todd McLellan expects to have a "very motivated" Ryan Strome this season.

"I think he's focused on coming back and having a very strong year," McLellan said. "He's excited about becoming an Oiler and we can't wait to get him to training camp." Strome can play center or the wing, so McLellan sees him as a versatile option. He could be someone to pick up if he plays alongside Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.
Jul 27 - 4:03 PM

Oilers coach Todd McLellan isn't worried that Leon Draisaitl still needs a new contract.

"I'm confident we're going to see Leon in an [Oilers] uniform," McLellan said. "We want him to be there, he wants to be there, and it's just a matter of getting a few things done over the summer." Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli made signing Draisaitl and Connor McDavid his big off-season priorities and McDavid's extension was completed earlier this month. He is still negotiating with Draisaitl and said he will match any offer sheet.
Jul 27 - 3:44 PM

Connor McDavid is disappointed that the NHL won't be participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year.

Hockey Canada announced the day before that most of the team would come from players in Europe and they were seeking non-NHL talent. "It would have been a special group, and you're just hopeful to be a part of it," McDavid said. "It's disappointing, but that's the way it is. You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible."
Jul 27 - 9:03 AM

Dillon Simpson has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Simpson will come with a $675,000 annual cap hit or a $90,000 in the AHL. He had three goals and 11 points in 53 AHL contests last season.
Jul 16 - 12:17 PM

Andrew Ference has announced his retirement from hockey.

Ference wasn't able to play in the 2016-17 campaign due to a hip injury that he termed as career-ending. It's an unfortunate way to close out his career, but it doesn't change the fact that he had a fantastic run. The defenseman scored 43 goals and 225 points in 907 career games with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Edmonton Oilers. He averaged over 20 minutes in four different campaigns and got at least 19 minutes per game in seven of his seasons. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and served as the team captain in Edmonton. All that was accomplished after being passed on until the 208th overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 13 - 3:50 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Joey LaLeggia to a one-year, two-way contract.

LaLeggia would come with a $700,000 annual cap hit if he plays at the NHL level. He was a restricted free agent that filed for salary arbitration. He had 20 goals and 38 points in 67 AHL games last season.
Jul 12 - 1:13 PM

Markus Niemelainen will reportedly spend the 2017-18 campaign playing in Finland.

Niemelainen scored three goals and nine points in 59 OHL contests last season, which is down from 27 points in 2015-16. Edmonton took him with the 63rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 11 - 11:14 PM

Yohann Auvitu has inked a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Auvitu had two goals and four points in 25 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. He also scored five goals and 13 points in 29 AHL contests.
Jul 10 - 5:56 PM


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