Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a one-year contract with Curtis Hamilton.

Hamilton had eight goals and 16 points in 43 AHL contests in 2013-14. He was originally selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:24 AM

Tyler Pitlick has agreed to a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Pitlick made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and ended up with a goal in 10 games. He also had eight goals and 22 points in 39 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 16 - 9:23 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have inked Andrew Miller to a one-year extension.

Miller made his AHL debut in 2013-14 and finished with eight goals and 34 points in 52 AHL games. Prior to that, he had 13 goals and 41 points in 37 NCAA games with Yale University.
Jul 15 - 9:40 PM

Richard Bachman has inked a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bachman had a 2.99 GAA and .908 save percentage in 52 AHL games in 2013-14. He'll probably start the season in the minors and get called up if Viktor Fasth or Ben Scrivens get hurt.
Jul 9 - 1:53 PM

Jeff Petry has agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

Petry is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so he will be the subject of trade rumors if the Oilers once again struggle to make the playoffs. He had 17 points and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season.
Jul 7 - 12:28 PM

Now that he's completed his tenure with the University of North Dakota, Dillon Simpson is getting ready for his first training camp.

Simpson is looking to follow in his father's footsteps, former NHL forward Craig Simpson. Craig spent parts of six seasons with the Oilers, so Dillon was very familiar with the franchise even before Edmonton drafted him in 2011. "It's amazing to grow up in the Oilers culture with my dad coaching and playing here, knowing what they're all about, then coming in with this new generation of players," said Dillon Simpson. "Seeing how things have changed, how things have stayed the same. It's cool to be a part of it." Dillon had six goals and 23 points in 42 NCAA games in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 9:40 AM

Two years and 20 pounds after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft, the Edmonton Oilers are licking their chops at the thought of what Jujhar Khaira can become in the NHL.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds (so far), the left winger/center, who becomes a full-time professional this year, is everything they want. "He thinks the game really well on the ice and when you couple that with the size and skill he has, it’s going to be a very bright future for him," said Todd Nelson, coach of the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. "He’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he has to do to get better and he works hard at it. With his size and maturity. . .I think the future is looking really positive for him." At 19, Khaira already is an imposing figure and will get a chance to prove his worth at the Oilers' next training camp. He had 43 points and 59 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games with Everett last season. He played for Prince George (BCHL) in 2012, Michigan Tech (WCHA) in 2013, Everett (WHL) in 2014 and is preparing for his first rookie season in Oklahoma City this year but also is hoping to make the Oilers at their next training camp.
Jul 6 - 9:38 AM

Bogdan Yakimov is expected to get a look from the Oilers for an NHL roster spot.

"I really want to play in the NHL and I'm ready," he said. "I'm ready to go." He'll enter training camp behind Anton Lander and Mark Arcobello on the depth chart, but his 6-foot-5 and 200-plus pound frame is intriguing. He's also capable of playing on the power play and penalty kill. However, a year in the AHL is probably more likely as Yakimov may need more time to get accustomed to the North American game.
Jul 5 - 3:14 PM

It sounds like Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels far better about his defense now than he did in 2013-14.

The Oilers have added Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, and Keith Aulie. "When you look at the makeup of our defense now, it looks like an NHL defense, which it didn't always last year," MacTavish said. The Oilers already has a strong core of forwards and goaltender Ben Scrivens is promising. If their defense is solid next season, they might surprising people.
Jul 2 - 9:48 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year contract.

Gazdic had four points and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games before a shoulder injury ended his campaign. There's a good chance he'll start the 2014-15 campaign as a member of the Oilers' fourth line.
Jul 1 - 4:29 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Keith Aulie to a one-year deal.

Aulie had an assist in 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He's just 25 years old, but we doubt he'll ever be much more than a third-pairing defenseman.
Jul 1 - 1:22 PM

The Oilers have inked former Ranger forward Benoit Pouliot to a 5-year, $20 million deal.

Wow! That is a lot of money and long term for Pouliot, who is a very nice player but not a top-line talent. Pouliot had a very strong playoff for the Rangers and he might finally be coming into his own. If he gets a chance to play with Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, as is rumoured, he could be a 55-60 point player.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM


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