Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Mark Arcobello might end up as a second-line center option for the Oilers this season.

He's expected to compete with Leon Draisaitl and Anton Lander for the spot. Jordan Eberle thinks Arcobello could be a good fit there. "I've played with Arco when he was in the AHL and when he was up here last year," said Eberle. "I think he's showed that he can play here when he was up here. He performed very well. With contract issues and guys stepping in, he kind of got pushed out of the way. Now that there is a spot open, I know for him he’s probably training hard and looking to take over that. It should be interesting." Arcobello got off to a good start last season with 10 assists in his first 10 outings, but he finished the year with 18 points in 41 contests.
Aug 20 - 5:05 PM

Nail Yakupov will look to put last year's troubles behind him and find a way to help the Oilers this season after a sophomore slump of major proportions.

A promising rookie season in 2012 brought on high hopes for the teenage Russian star, but Yakupov failed to find the net often last year and was a major liability on defense. To go with his meagre 24 points and -33 rating, a cold war raged throughout the year with his coach Dallas Eakins. Trade rumors, negative comments in the media and visits from Yakupov’s agent to Edmonton created an off-ice circus to go along with Yakupov's on-ice troubles. But considering the elite, breathtaking skill level of the 5'11, 184 pound forward, a bounce back season is more likely than not.
Aug 17 - 4:34 PM

TSN 1260's Dean Millard suggested that Leon Draisaitl could play in Europe next season if he doesn't make the Oilers.

"If for some reason Leon Draisaitl isn't good enough to play on the Oilers, I have been told by a couple of sources that he's not going back to Prince Albert," Millard said. "That if for some reason he doesn't make the Oilers he'll be going to Europe." Draisaitl talked about returning to the WHL in a recent press release from the Raiders, but the decision will likely come down to a joint one between Edmonton and Draisaitl when the time comes. If the Oilers can acquire a veteran center then they could wait on Draisaitl, but their current lack of depth down the middle makes it close to a certainty that he'll start in the NHL.
Aug 15 - 5:03 PM

Jordan Eberle is glad to be starting training camp with coach Dallas Eakins in charge.

"More than anything this year, it's going to be nice to have some familiarity with the head coach," he said. "This is my fifth year coming up and I've had three head coaches. We finally have a guy where we can pick up where we left off. I'm definitely looking forward to that." The Oilers did bring in Craig Ramsay and Rocky Thompson to serve on Eakins' staff during the off-season. Eberle thinks having the same head coach will help the team get off to a more comfortable and better start, largely because they know what to expect and they understand the system.
Aug 13 - 12:13 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Leon Draisaitl to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He tallied 38 goals and 105 points in 64 games with the Prince Albert Raiders to tie for fourth in the WHL scoring race last season. He spent the summer training in Edmonton and he'll participate in the Oilers' Young Guns prospect tournament in Penticton, B.C., from Sept. 12-15. After that, he'll try to make an impression at training camp and land an NHL roster spot after being taken third overall in the 2014 draft. He has a chance at landing a center position on the second or third line.
Aug 12 - 1:54 PM

The Edmonton Oilers hired analytics whiz Tyler Dellow on Tuesday.

Known as, @mc79hockey on Twitter and on his blog, which has gone dark after his NHL promotion, his addition has been one of many this off-season to help big-league teams in advanced stats.
Aug 6 - 4:39 PM

Nail Yakupov will switch from No. 64 to 10 in 2014-15.

Yakupov has traditionally worn No. 10 in honor of Pavel Bure, but he couldn't use the number when the Oilers' drafted him because Shawn Horcoff had it. When Horcoff was traded to the Dallas Stars, he gave Yakupov his blessing to take his number, but Yakupov wanted to allow some time to pass before taking him up on that offer. "I said, 'Horc, no offense, but the fans are going to miss you and they know you played with No. 10 for a long time, so I'll wait a little bit and then I'll take it,'" Yakupov said.
Jul 30 - 9:32 AM

Nail Yakupov has returned from Russia to spend some time training in Edmonton before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Yakupov's sophomore season went so poorly that it led some to question if the 2012 first overall pick would be able to last in the NHL. "I'm going to be doing some different things this year," Yakupov said. "I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come." He's still just 20 years old and it's way too early to give up on him. It wouldn't be shocking if he takes a significant step forward in 2014-15.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 29 - 10:07 PM

Right winger Teddy Purcell said he got "yelled at a lot" for not taking more shots with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

He recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season. In 400 career NHL games, he has taken 776 shots. His new teammate in Edmonton, Taylor Hall, has taken 797 shots in only 246 games. But Purcell said it's different with the Oilers than it was with Tampa Bay. "There are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I’ll shoot more," he said. Purcell will be either the second- or third-line right-winger, depending on where Nail Yakupov is slotted. "I spoke to Dallas (coach Eakins) the day I got traded, and from what he says, he’ll give me lots of opportunities," said Purcell, who was also on the power play in Tampa. Purcell had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points.
Jul 27 - 10:10 AM

Defensive defenseman Mark Fayne is excited that he has jumped from the New Jersey Devils to Edmonton because the Oilers are in the West and the West features bigger forwards.

"The tougher thing for me is playing against the smaller, fast guys, but I’m actually looking forward to the West," Fayne said. "My style and build (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) might be better against the bigger guys." He was referring to West forwards such as Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, Joe Thornton, David Backes and Jonathan Toews. Fayne had 11 points with the Devils last season.
Jul 26 - 9:41 AM

Jason Williams has agreed to terms with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.

The Barons' are affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. He had eight goals and 18 points in 32 games with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league last season. The 33-year-old forward is a veteran of 455 NHL games.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 25 - 4:27 PM

Benoit Pouliot sees himself as a top-nine forward and will probably end up on the Oilers' third line.

Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with Edmonton over the summer. He played for the Rangers last season and had 10 playoff points in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Glen Sather, who has been serving as the Rangers' general manager, was previously the Oilers GM/coach during their glory years. "Glen called, left a message and said 'good luck, you'll enjoy it.' He said it was a good place to be. Coming from Glen, that was big. He's a great man and treated me very well," Pouliot said.
Jul 23 - 9:47 AM

Leon Draisaitl has decided to spend the summer in Edmonton so that he can better prepare for training camp.

Draisaitl isn't a lock to make the Oilers' opening game roster, but he's working hard to avoid getting cut. He's worth keeping an eye on because there's a chance that he'll serve as a top-six forward if he makes the squad. He has a ton of offensive upside and has been compared favorably to Anze Kopitar.
Jul 21 - 9:46 AM

Rocky Thompson has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.

Thompson had a lengthy career in the AHL as an enforcer, but he only appeared in 25 NHL games before finally hanging up his skates following the 2006-07 campaign. He served as an assistant coach with the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings from 2007-10 and then the AHL Oklahoma City Barons for the following four campaigns.
Jul 16 - 7:21 PM

Tom Renney has been selected as the CEO and president of Hockey Canada.

Renney had a 260-255-9-68 record as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers. More recently, he had been serving as a member of the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff under Mike Babcock. "I know other candidates for this position were above and beyond anything I've ever experienced in my life," said Renney. "From talking to my peer group, they all said this was a fabulous hockey job. A no-brainer."
Jul 16 - 9:45 AM


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