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Taylor Hall didn't get a spot on Canada for the World Cup of Hockey.

Canada named Brad Marchand, Matt Duchene, Joe Thornton and Claude Giroux to the forward group on Friday instead. "Tough decisions," said Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong. "It was nothing Taylor didn't do but we could only name so many guys. Taylor was a strong player at the Worlds as well as Marchand and Duchene." Hall just won a gold medal with Canada at the World Championship and he posted nine points, including six goals, in 10 games.
May 28 - 2:55 PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play for Team North America at the World Championships.

North America will be made up of American and Canadian players 23 years of age and under so Nugent-Hopkins will be their wily old veteran at the age of 23. "Since I’ve played more years than other guys I hoped my experience would get me there (313 games)," said Nugent-Hopkins. "Feels weird but I’ll be one of the oldest guys on the team and be counted on and if I have to play a different role on the team, I hope to have an impact. It’s strange to be one of the older guys (23). I’ll play wherever they want me to go." Nugent-Hopkins is still rehabbing an injured finger that kept him out of the World Championship but he will be good to go in September. He has been a disappointment after going first overall in 2011 and do not be surprised if he is dealt elsewhere during the off-season as the Oilers are loaded down the middle.
May 28 - 9:09 AM

Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal in Canada's 2-0 win over Finland in the Gold Medal Game at the World Hockey Championship.

This is the first time that Canada's won back-to-back gold medals at the worlds since 2003-2004. At 19-years-old, McDavid becomes the youngest player ever to win gold at the U18 World Championship, the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. McDavid finished the tournament with just one goal, but it couldn't have been any bigger. You can watch the goal by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
May 22 - 4:26 PM

Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok had some harsh things to say about Nail Yakupov.

After Russia won the bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship on Sunday, Znarok said that not having Yakupov on the team was "addition by subtraction" for the Russians. Since entering the NHL, Yakupov's numbers have been disappointing and many have questioned his attutide along the way. The former first overall pick scored 17 goals in 48 games in his rookie season, but he hasn't surpassed 14 since then. It's safe to say that Yakupov won't be on Russia's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September.
May 22 - 2:49 PM

Zack Kassian has signed a $1.5 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton acquired Kassian from Montreal on Dec. 28 in exchange for Ben Scrivens. Kassian went on to record three goals, eight points, and 114 penalty minutes in 36 contests. He's expected to be used primarily as a bottom-six forward, but he might occasionally see minutes on the first or second line.
May 20 - 8:59 AM

Zack Kassian and the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly closing in on a one-year contract extension.

Kassian was acquired from Montreal on Dec. 28 in exchange for Ben Scrivens. After the trade, Kassian had three goals, five assists, and 114 penalty minutes in 36 contests with Edmonton. He's coming off a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
May 19 - 8:58 AM

Cam Talbot has done well at the World Championship in Russia.

In five appearances during the preliminary round, he posted four wins along with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. Still, it's unclear if he will start in Canada's quarterfinal round match-up versus Sweden, but he should get the nod. Talbot is getting some great experience in a very good tournament.
May 18 - 6:12 PM

Leon Draisaitl has generated four points in seven games for Germany at the World Championship.

He picked up his third assist of the tournament on Monday in a 4-2 win over Hungary. Draisaitl emerged as a productive player for the Oilers in 2015-16 with 19 goals and 51 points in 72 games.
May 16 - 4:56 PM

Taylor Hall has scored six goals on 16 shots in five games at the World Championship.

He entered this week's action tied for second in the tournament in goal scoring. Hall was great at the 2015 World Championship as well, where he had seven goals in 10 games to help Canada capture the gold medal.
May 16 - 10:53 AM

Andrew Ference may be bought out by the Oilers.

If that happens then Ference could decide to retire. "I'm going by the advice of my good friend Mark Recchi, who said, 'You keep going until they kick you out,'" he said with a smile. The 37-year-old defenseman played in just six games with Edmonton in 2015-16. He has one season left on a contract that carries a $3.25 million cap hit.
May 14 - 3:58 PM

Drake Caggiula explained why he chose to sign with Edmonton over the Philadelphia Flyers, which is coached by his old bench boss, Dave Hakstol.

"He (Hakstol) didn’t put any added pressure on me. He was doing his job, trying to recruit me. I have a good relationship with him and from the get-go he said he’d be proud of me whether I chose the Flyers or not. There was definitely no hard feelings there," said Caggiula. "I just felt comfortable in Edmonton …… it’s a young core in Edmonton and it’s hopefully a young core I can grow with. I think it’s only a matter of time until the team gets over the hump." Caggiula had 25 goals and 51 points in 39 games with the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.
May 10 - 4:30 AM

Patrick Russell has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 23-year-old forward registered 20 goals and 41 points in 41 games with St. Cloud State University in 2015-16. He will probably spend most of next season in the minors.
May 9 - 2:47 PM

Sources say the Edmonton Oilers have signed Drake Caggiula to a two-year contract.

The undrafted free agent was highly regarded after he scored 25 goals and 51 points season in 39 games for the University of North Dakota in 2015-16. He was the NCAA Frozen Four MVP and he scored twice in the championship game. "He's small and a really good skater and he doesn’t shy away from traffic at all. He's really aggressive," stated a Western amateur scout. Look for Caggiula to play part of the season in the AHL to get his feet wet in the professional game, but do not be surprised if he is called up to the Oilers at some point next year.
May 7 - 6:54 AM

Connor McDavid has been named a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

McDavid missed a good chunk of the year because of a clavicle injury, but he still managed to post an impressive 16 goals and 48 points in 45 games. The 19-year-old may not have put up the highest amount of points for rookies in 2015-16, but his point-per-game pace will surely put him in contention for the award.
May 2 - 7:42 PM

Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli is disappointed that Edmonton didn't get a top-three pick for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but owning the fourth overall selection still gives them plenty of options.

"If we'd won the first pick, it would have given us more options because at the time it's the better player (for possible trade) and a player that's able to play in the NHL right away," said Chiarelli. "But we've done that where we put players right in and I'm OK if we keep the (No. 4) pick and we get a player who won't help us for a year or two. We haven't done that for a while. Sometimes, you speed up the development but not to the proper hierarchy (on the team)." The Oilers could take one of the top defensemen in the draft at that spot or grab another talented forward. Edmonton could also look to move the pick.
May 2 - 4:47 PM


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