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The Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Ryan Whitney according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. | 10/25/2014 12:26 PM
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The Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Ryan Whitney according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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The St. Louis Blues released Whitney in training camp, so he signed with a Russian team in the KHL. Philadelphia lost two defensemen this week, so they are in dire need of some bodies. They will have to act quickly before Whitney plays a game in Russian, or he will have to go through waivers to return to the NHL.
Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens allowed three goals in a victory on Friday. | 10/25/2014 11:11 AM
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Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens allowed three goals in a victory on Friday.
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Scrivens stopped 27-of-30 shots Friday against the Hurricanes. The Oilers won mostly behind four third period goals, winning 6-3.
Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist on Friday against the Hurricanes. | 10/25/2014 11:06 AM
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Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist on Friday against the Hurricanes.
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Impact
The goals were Eberle's first and second of the season. He is now up to six points with a even rating.
Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth was supposed to have an MRI on his groin Friday, but we haven't heard the results. | 10/20/2014 12:13 PM
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Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth was supposed to have an MRI on his groin Friday, but we haven't heard the results.
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Fasth was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but we have no timetable for his return.
Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens played well in Friday's loss to Vancouver. | 10/18/2014 9:18 AM
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Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens played well in Friday's loss to Vancouver.
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Impact
He stopped 28-0f-29 shots, but is now 0-3 with a 4.10 goals against average, and a .848 save percentage. Scrivens should be on waivers, or at best on fantasy owners' benches.
Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could return for Friday's game against the Vancouver. | 10/17/2014 3:19 PM
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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could return for Friday's game against the Vancouver.
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Impact
He missed the past two games. Nugent-Hopkins put up a career-best 56 points last season and should be back on the top line with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.
Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth will start on Tuesday against the Kings according to the team's play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels. | 10/14/2014 4:56 PM
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Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth will start on Tuesday against the Kings according to the team's play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels.
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Impact
Fasth saved 39-of-43 shots in his first start on Saturday, so the Oilers will stick with him between the pipes. Fasth and Ben Scrivens are expected to split the team's starts at goalie this season.
Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Kings. | 10/14/2014 4:21 PM
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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Kings.
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Impact
He missed practice Monday, so this shouldn't be a big surprise. Nugent-Hopkins put up a career-best 56 points last season.
Edmonton left wing David Perron had two assists in Saturday's loss to Vancouver. | 10/12/2014 10:38 AM
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Edmonton left wing David Perron had two assists in Saturday's loss to Vancouver.
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Impact
After coming off a career-high 57-pont season. Perron now has three points this season. He should continue to be a steady, under-the-radar player, moving forward.
Goalie Viktor Fasth will start in goal for Edmonton on Saturday. | 10/11/2014 12:00 PM
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Goalie Viktor Fasth will start in goal for Edmonton on Saturday.
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Impact
Ben Scrivens started on opening night but Fasth will be between the pipes against the Canucks on Saturday. Fasth had a .914 save percentage and 2.73 GAA for Edmonton last season.
the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play. | 09/22/2014 2:46 PM
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the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play.
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Impact
The 24-year-old Schultz came into the NHL with huge expectations after putting up 48 points in 34 games in the AHL in 2012-13, but he's yet to be that type of guy in the NHL. At TSN we have him posting 52 points (20 goals) in 2014-15 and getting a lot closer to those lofty goals.
Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists. | 09/22/2014 2:40 PM
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Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists.
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Impact
Perron would be a lot more valuable if he were playing on the top line, but he's more likely to be a second line winger with Benoit Pouliot and a question mark. It's the question mark that is the cause for his TSN projections dropping to 20 goals and 26 assists.
Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. | 09/22/2014 2:34 PM
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Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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Impact
Eberle (28 G, 37 A) has been a solid points producer for the last three seasons and as long as he stays on this line should be a viable fantasy option, but he's not trending upward like Hall. Another Oiler with a bad plus/minus rating.
Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points. | 09/22/2014 2:29 PM
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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points.
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Impact
He's only 21-years-old, starting his fourth season, and should be on both the first line and power play unit, so 60-70 points is possible. We'd like him and the Oilers to play better defense as the -12 rating isn't helping his ADP.
Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around. | 09/22/2014 2:25 PM
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Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around.
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Impact
We're primarily concerned about the talent surrounding him. He posted 80 points last season (27 G, 53 A), but could take a step back if his teammates can't play at his level. TSN projections have him with 36 goals and 46 assists.
Draisaitl is staying in Edmonton over summer | 07/21/2014 9:46 AM
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Leon Draisaitl has decided to spend the summer in Edmonton so that he can better prepare for training camp.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
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.
Rocky Thompson will serve as an Oilers coach | 07/16/2014 7:21 PM
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Rocky Thompson has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.
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Impact
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.
Tom Renney is the new CEO of Hockey Canada | 07/16/2014 9:45 AM
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Tom Renney has been selected as the CEO and president of Hockey Canada.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
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."
Edmonton re-signs Curtis Hamilton | 07/16/2014 9:24 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a one-year contract with Curtis Hamilton.
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Impact
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.
Tyler Pitlick signs with the Oilers | 07/16/2014 9:23 AM
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Tyler Pitlick has agreed to a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
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Impact
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.
Oilers hand Andrew Miller an extension | 07/15/2014 9:40 PM
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The Edmonton Oilers have inked Andrew Miller to a one-year extension.
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Impact
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.
Edmonton re-signs Richard Bachman | 07/09/2014 1:53 PM
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Richard Bachman has inked a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
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Impact
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.
Oilers sign Jeff Petry to one-year contract | 07/07/2014 12:28 PM
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Jeff Petry has agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

Impact
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.
Simpson hopes to follow father's footsteps | 07/07/2014 9:40 AM
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Now that he's completed his tenure with the University of North Dakota, Dillon Simpson is getting ready for his first training camp.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
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.
| 07/06/2014 9:38 AM
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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.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
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.
Bogdan Yakimov hopes to crack Oilers' lineup | 07/05/2014 3:14 PM
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Bogdan Yakimov is expected to get a look from the Oilers for an NHL roster spot.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
"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.
MacTavish is happy with the Oilers' defense | 07/02/2014 9:48 AM
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It sounds like Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels far better about his defense now than he did in 2013-14.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
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.
Edmonton re-signs Luke Gazdic | 07/01/2014 4:29 PM
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The Edmonton Oilers have signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year contract.
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Impact
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.
Keith Aulie signs with Edmonton | 07/01/2014 1:22 PM
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The Edmonton Oilers have signed Keith Aulie to a one-year deal.
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Impact
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.
Oilers signs Pouliot signs 5-yr, $20 million | 07/01/2014 12:16 PM
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The Oilers have inked former Ranger forward Benoit Pouliot to a 5-year, $20 million deal.
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Impact
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.
Report: Jeff Petry appearing in trade talks | 06/30/2014 5:03 PM
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Jeff Petry is reportedly surfacing in trade discussions.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter

Impact
He has arbitration rights and can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. The 26-year-old blueliner had seven goals and 17 points in 80 games last season. He also averaged 21:35 of ice time per match, which placed him second on the Oilers.
Teddy Purcell surprised w/ trade to Edmonton | 06/30/2014 8:06 AM
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Teddy Purcell was caught off-guard by his trade to Edmonton on Sunday.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Purcell seemed to be established in Tampa Bay but obviously that was not the case. "It's a bit of a shock and the phone is blowing up, but other than that it's all good," Purcell said. "Steve (Yzerman) left me a voice mail to call him so I figured something was up. Any time you don't see something coming it's obviously a bit of a shock. Once it digests and sets in, I think it's going to be a good opportunity for me to play some good minutes with a lot of good young guys, so it's going to be exciting. I think it's going to be exciting to play in a hockey crazy market and get a taste of what it's like up there. I think it was good for me to start in places LA and Tampa Bay where the media wasn't so big and the (hockey) markets weren't so big. It allowed me to find my way and become an established player. Now I guess I'm going to see what I'm made of, if I can handle it all. It's a true test of what kind of character you have."
Teddy Purcell dealt to the Edmonton Oilers | 06/29/2014 10:21 PM
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Teddy Purcell is on his way to Edmonton in a trade for center Sam Gagner.
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Impact
The Oilers have lots of strength down the middle on their top two lines with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the third overall pick Leon Draisaitl and needed help on the wing so Purcell is now an Oiler. He 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 so a change of scenery could do him a lot of good. Look for Purcell to be a top-six forward in Edmonton next season and get back to the 55-60 point range.
Oilers trade Sam Gagner for Teddy Purcell | 06/29/2014 9:23 PM
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The Edmonton Oilers have traded Sam Gagner to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Teddy Purcell.
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Impact
Gagner, whose future in the NHL is likely as a winger, has two years left on his contract at a cap hit of US$4.8 million. The 24-year-old had long been the subject of trade rumours with Edmonton mulling changes amid a long playoff drought. Purcell, a 28-year-old right-winger, has two years left at a cap hit of $4.5 million. He had 12 goals and 30 assists in 81 games this past season.
Oilers' first choice a great passer: scout | 06/28/2014 9:19 AM
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Leon Draisati, chosen in Friday's NHL draft third overall by the Edmonton Oilers, became the highest-draft German-born player in NHL history mostly because of his passing skils.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
The 18-year-old center has "tremendous offensive upside," Edmonton's head scout Stu MacGregor said. "Maybe not quite as developed at this point as some of the others, having come from Europe and adjusting to the North American game (but) great passer, one of the best passers we've seen in a number of years. He creates offense, used his power and strength to add to his skill package." "I'm kind of speechless right now. This is just incredible. They've had so many great players on their team - Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier. . .and wearing the same jersey as they did is unbelievable," said Draisaitl, who has drawn comparisons to Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.
Oilers select Leon Draisaitl third overall | 06/27/2014 7:31 PM
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The Edmonton Oilers selected center Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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GM MacTavish wants Anton Lander to step up | 06/23/2014 7:18 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers are looking for help on the third line and GM Craig MacTavish thinks that Anton Lander and/or Mark Arcobello are capable of doing the job.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
MacTavish is looking for the Oilers to go with three scoring lines and while he is happy with the top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, as well as the second unit with David Perron, Sam Gagner and likely whoever they select at three this year (Sam Bennett or Sam Reinhart as defenseman Aaron Ekblad will probably be gone at this point), they need someone to play with Nail Yakupov. Lander had only one assist in 27 games with the Oilers in 2013-14 but did manage 18 goals and 52 points in 46 AHL games.
Oilers' head scout has faith in young core | 06/21/2014 4:58 PM
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Edmonton Oilers head amateur scout Stu MacGregor still has plenty of faith in the team's young core.
NHL.com

Impact
He said players the team relies on are just "21, 22, 23 years old, so some of those players are still learning the NHL." Taylor Hall is only 22, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 21 and Nail Yakupov is 20. Jordan Eberle is just slightly older at 24 years of age. "These guys have been able to gain that experience early in their career and hopefully that will be an advantage in the end," MacGregor said. "It's been challenging for them and us to be able to try and produce these players slightly earlier than most." The Oilers have another high draft pick, at third overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and it's believed that they are eyeing German forward Leon Draisaitl.
Oilers acquire pending UFA Nikita Nikitin | 06/20/2014 8:59 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the negotiating rights to Nikita Nikitin from Columbus.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
We don't know what the Blue Jackets will get in return, but it's probably something contingent on Nikitin signing with the Oilers. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency in less than a couple of weeks.
Ference wins King Clancy Memorial Trophy | 06/18/2014 3:55 PM
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Andrew Ference has been named as the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy rewards leadership and humanitarian contributions. Ference was involved in a lot of charitable projects over the 2013-14 campaign, including some of his own like the Hope Mission Shelter, which provides overnight shelter and meals for the homeless or those in danger of becoming homeless in Edmonton. He's also worked on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and serves as a representative for You Can Play.
Report: Ben Eager is heading to the KHL | 06/18/2014 3:30 PM
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Ben Eager will reportedly play in the KHL next season.
Mark Spector on Twitter

Impact
Eager had an assist in seven games with Edmonton in 2013-14. He also recorded eight points and 136 penalty minutes in 44 contests at the AHL level.
Nurse not likely to play for Oilers in 14-15 | 06/17/2014 9:20 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers would like Darnell Nurse to get more seasoning before he plays at the NHL level.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Nurse had 50 points and 91 penalty minutes in 64 games with the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2013-14. He was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Craig MacTavish wants to trade for defense | 06/17/2014 9:16 AM
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Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish's goal is to get a puck-moving defenseman this summer.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
MacTavish is likely to acquire one via a trade rather than the unrestricted free agent market. "This year there are not so many top free agents available," he said. "The guys who would normally be secondary targets are now the primary targets. It's a good year to be a UFA." MacTavish wouldn't mind adding a defensive defenseman as well.
Oilers sign Iiro Pakarinen to 2-year deal | 06/16/2014 3:43 PM
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Iiro Pakarinen has inked a two-year, entry level contract with Edmonton.
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Impact
He was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round, 184th overall, of the 2011 draft. He recorded 20 goals and 10 assists in 60 games with HIFK Helsinki of the SM-liiga last season.
Bob Nicholson joins Oilers as vice chairman | 06/13/2014 3:58 PM
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Bob Nicholson is joining the Edmonton Oilers' new sports & entertainment company, Oilers Entertainment Group, as its vice chairman.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
In other words, Nicholson will be working directly under owner Daryl Katz. That being said, Oilers president Kevin Lowe remains the head of hockey operations, while Nicholson will focus on the business side of things. Nicholson previously served as Hockey Canada's CEO.
Oilers sign Steve Pinizzotto to 1-year deal | 06/12/2014 4:47 PM
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Steve Pinizzotto has signed a one-year contract with Edmonton.
Oilers.nhl.com

Impact
He appeared in six games with the Oilers in 2013-14. He mostly spent the campaign in the AHL, where he split 51 matches between San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
Craig Ramsay is happy with given role | 06/11/2014 9:28 AM
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Craig Ramsay, who recently joined the Edmonton Oilers to help their defense as an assistant coach, isn't hoping to eventually get a bigger role.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Ramsay previously served as a head coach and associate coach, but at the age of 63, he's happy just working in a supporting role. "I just want to be somewhere where they understand the kind of team they have, where they want to get to, and how they are going to do it," Ramsay said. "I felt good about that." Ramsay previously worked for the Florida Panthers, but he was fired in November when the Panthers wanted to change up their coaching staff.
Oilers hire Craig Ramsay as assistant coach | 06/10/2014 4:08 PM
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Craig Ramsay has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.
Oilers.nhl.com

Impact
Ramsay was never able to firmly establish himself as a head coach, but he did have the job a few times and ended up with a 50-63-6-12 record in that role. He's also a former player that scored 252 goals and 672 points in 1,070 career games. He won the Selke Trophy in 1985, which goes to the league's best defensive forward.
Report: Philip Larsen signs with KHL squad | 05/28/2014 1:33 PM
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Philip Larsen has reportedly agreed to terms with HC Yugra of the KHL.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Something about spending the 2013-14 campaign with the Edmonton Oilers has made players see the merits of taking their talents to the other side of the planet. He's the fourth player from Edmonton's organization to sign with a KHL club for the 2014-15 campaign after Anton Belov, Denis Grebeshkov, and Roman Horak.
Report: Panthers have interest in Tom Renney | 05/27/2014 6:51 PM
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Tom Renney is reportedly in the running to serve as the Florida Panthers' next head coach.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Renney has a career 260-255-9-68 as a bench boss with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers. His last job as a head coach was in 2011-12, but with Panthers GM Dale Tallon looking for someone with previous experience, Renney might be a good fit. Renney has been serving as an associate coach with Detroit over the last two years.
Coach Eakins denies rift with Nail Yakupov | 05/26/2014 4:22 PM
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Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins insisted again this week that there isn't a rift between him and 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
Sportsnet.ca

Impact
"My relationship with Nail is a great one," Eakins told The Fan 590 on Monday. "That's why I kind of chuckle with the way it gets drawn out in the media. You take a kid out of the lineup and suddenly there's a big fight going on. Well, there's no fight. Nail understood what was going on." Yakupov was a health scratch during his sophomore campaign, mostly due to his defensive struggles. His production also slipped to 11 goals and 24 points after he recorded 17 goals and 31 points during the lockout-shortened season. Eakins said, "I'm very hopeful and fairly confident that he's gonna have a great rebound year."
Anton Belov scores in semifinal win vs. SWE | 05/24/2014 1:32 PM
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Anton Belov scored for Russia in their 3-1 semifinal win over Sweden at the World Hockey Championship on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
His marker was assisted by Alex Ovechkin. Belov skated in 57 games with Edmonton this past season and decided to return to the KHL for next year. He will play for SKA St. Petersburg.
Scrivens to start for CAN in Thursday's QF | 05/22/2014 10:25 AM
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Ben Scrivens will be in goal for Canada's quarterfinal match against Finland on Thursday.
Sportsnet.ca

Impact
He shared the crease with James Reimer during the preliminary round and won all three of his starts. Scrivens posted a 1.31 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage during his previous outings, while Reimer recorded a 2.20 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Brossoit has been great in ECHL playoffs | 05/16/2014 9:24 AM
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Laurent Brossoit has excelled in the ECHL playoffs.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
More specifically, Brossoit has a 1.75 GAA and .934 save percentage in 10 postseason contests. The 21-year-old netminder is likely to start the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.
Denis Grebeshkov is heading back to the KHL | 05/16/2014 9:21 AM
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Denis Grebeshkov has agreed to a one-year deal with the KHL's Vityaz Podolsk.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Grebeshkov attempted to return to the NHL for the 2013-14 campaign, but he ended up spending most of the season in the minors. The 30-year-old has 17 goals and 85 points in 234 career NHL games.
Anton Lander signs one-year contract | 05/12/2014 3:26 PM
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Anton Lander has inked a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
Oilers.nhl.com

Impact
Lander had an assist in 27 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013-14. He also had 18 goals and 52 points in 46 AHL matches.
Roman Horak signs with KHL team | 05/12/2014 1:50 PM
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Roman Horak has agreed to terms with the KHL's Vityaz Podolsk.
hcvityaz.ru

Impact
Horak had a goal in just three NHL games with Calgary and Edmonton in 2013-14. He spent most of the campaign in the AHL where he recorded 55 points in 66 contests.
Denis Grebeshkov set for free agency | 05/08/2014 6:44 PM
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Denis Grebeshkov is expected to test the market as an unrestricted free agent in July.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
The Oilers will reportedly let him walk after he played most of the 2013-14 campaign in the minors. Grebeshkov recorded nine points and a minus-10 rating in 39 games with Oklahoma City and he appeared in seven contests with Edmonton.
Oilers won't bring back Ben Eager | 05/08/2014 6:39 PM
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Ben Eager will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
He reportedly won't be back with the Oilers, which isn't surprising considering he spent most of the 2013-14 season with Oklahoma City in the AHL. Eager skated in just seven games with Edmonton.
Oilers sign prospect Bogdan Yakimov | 05/08/2014 6:34 PM
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Bogdan Yakimov has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
He generated seven goals and 12 points in 33 games with the KHL's Neftekhmik Nizhnekamsk this season. "His skating's improved. He had a good world junior last year," said senior vice-president of hockey operations Scott Howson. "Craig (GM MacTavish) and Stu (chief scout MacGregor) were over watching him, and he played a third-line role on his KHL team. He didn't play a whole lot as a young guy over there but he had seven goals (12 points). He's a big man. We need centers and we need size. He wanted to come over." Yakimov was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Oilers. He's expected to play primarily in the AHL next year.
David Perron pulls out of WHC with hip injury | 05/05/2014 5:06 PM
News
David Perron won't participate in the World Hockey Championship because of a hip injury.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
He apparently aggravated it in training. Perron notched 28 goals and 57 points in 78 games this past campaign with the Oilers. He'll use the off-season to recover.
Dillon Simpson signs entry-level deal | 04/23/2014 9:30 AM
News
Dillon Simpson has inked an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Simpson had seven goals and 23 points in 42 games with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14. He was taken by Edmonton in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Rather than join the AHL Oklahoma City Barons immediately, Simpson will stay in university to finish his degree in finance degree.
Oilers name Bill Scott assistant GM | 04/22/2014 9:55 AM
News
The Edmonton Oilers have hired Bill Scott to serve as the team's assistant general manager.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Scott has spent the last four seasons as the GM of the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons has made the playoffs in each of his four campaigns and they made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2012 and 2013. He'll replace Ricky Olczyk. "Being able to work for the Oilers is tremendous," Scott said. "We've had a great four years in Oklahoma City and I'm looking forward to bringing in the next step of my career and help the Oilers in any way that I can to pursue another Stanley Cup."
Anton Belov didn't want to play for Eakins | 04/22/2014 9:48 AM
News
It sounds like Anton Belov's decision to leave Edmonton was at least partially inspired by a desire to get away from coach Dallas Eakins.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Belov signed with the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg. "There is no one reason that made it an abrupt change," said Belov, per Sovetsky Sports. "It was all building up during the season, especially more so after the Olympics. And the hire of coach (Vyacheslav) Bykov (at SKA) was also an influence. The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn't want to stay with that coach." Eakins came under fire for the Oilers' underwhelming performance in his first season as the team's bench boss, but he is still expected to return for the 2014-15 campaign.
Anton Belov returns to the KHL | 04/16/2014 1:55 PM
News
Anton Belov has left the Edmonton Oilers to join the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
Belov made the move from the KHL to Edmonton for the 2013-14 campaign and had seven points and 34 penalty minutes in 57 games. He also represented Russia in the 2014 Winter Games and scored a goal in five contests.
Oilers probably won't trade 3rd overall pick | 04/16/2014 9:39 AM
News
The Edmonton Oilers aren't likely to trade the third overall pick.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Edmonton is comfortable with the third selection as Oilers GM Craig MacTavish noted that the order of this year's top five is pretty open for debate. Edmonton would probably like to draft defenseman Aaron Ekblad if he ends up sliding to them, but that's far from guaranteed.
Dallas Eakins will stick around for 2014-15 | 04/15/2014 5:26 PM
News
It looks like Dallas Eakins will stick around as the Edmonton Oilers head coach despite a rough first season.
TSN.ca

Impact
The Oilers ended up in the Western Conference basement in a season where the expectation was that they would finally compete for a playoff spot. All the same, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish stood behind his bench boss. "I'm convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times ... he's relentless," MacTavish said.
Oilers have 14.4% shot of first overall pick | 04/15/2014 10:13 AM
News
The Edmonton Oilers have a 14.4% chance of picking first in the NHL draft for the fourth time in five years.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
It's a testament to the Oilers sustain futility. Edmonton had three straight first overall picks from 2010-12 and selected Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov. In 2013 they had the seventh overall pick and took Darnell Nurse. This time around they will at least be back in the top-five.
Taylor Hall excited about the Oilers future | 04/14/2014 7:37 AM
News
Taylor Hall is excited about the future of the Edmonton Oilers.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
The Oilers have yet to make the playoffs during the four year career of Hall but there is optimism according to the young star. "I know I've stood here and said next year has to be the year and there were times this year when we struggled and I lay away at night wondering, `When is this going to stop?' but there are signs I haven't seen in years past." Hall said. "I think it's pretty obvious (coach) Dallas (Eakins) will be back and that continuity for me is great and will be for a lot of guys in terms of just knowing what to expect. There's not that awkward handshake when you come into camp. You know what expect, what he's going to teach, and most of all, you know what he's like. That's important for all of us."
Ryan Smyth unable to score on the power play | 04/13/2014 6:59 AM
News
Ryan Smyth was unable to score on the power play and will end his career tied for first with Glenn Anderson on the Oilers all-time list.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Smyth had 126 power play goals with the Oilers which tied Anderson and was one ahead of Wayne Gretzky. Coach Dallas Eakins gave him every opportunity to break the record as Smyth saw a whopping 7:10 minutes of ice time with the man-advantage but it was not to be. It was quite a career for 'Captain Canada' who retires at the age of 38.
| 04/13/2014 2:42 AM
News
Roman Horak was called up from the minors on Saturday April 12.
Rotoworld.com

G Ben Scrivens makes 40 saves in Oilers' win | 04/13/2014 1:24 AM
News
Ben Scrivens was outstanding Saturday night, helping the Edmonton Oilers end their regular season with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Scrivens stopped 40 Vancouver shots. He finishes the season with a record of 16-16-4, a GAA of 2.55 and a save percentage of .922. He started the season with the Los Angeles Kings and was dealt to Edmonton before the March trade deadline. The Oilers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention some time ago but looked strong in dominating the Canucks Saturday night.
Oilers' Ryan Smith retires on winning note | 04/13/2014 1:17 AM
News
Ryan Smyth's farewell to the NHL was upstaged by the Edmonton Oilers' new guys Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
First-year Oilers Roman Horak, Will Acton and Steve Pinizzotto combined for five points in a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, bringing Edmonton's eighth consecutive non-playoff season to an end on a winning note. Horak scored his first goal with the Oilers, Acton has his first two-point game in the NHL with a goal an assist, and Pinizzotto earned his first two NHL assists. Jeff Petry, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers. Taylor Hall had three assists to finish the season with 80 points. Smyth, named captain for the night, didn't get onto the scoresheet in his 1,270th and final regular-season game, but took seven shots, only one on net. The Alberta native received a standing ovation late in the game and received another one after the final horn as he skated around Rexall Place before standing by the glass with his family and waving. Smyth is retiring after 19 NHL seasons, 15 of them spent with the Oilers, who paid tribute to him throughout the night.
Ryan Smyth will retire after Saturday's game | 04/11/2014 4:11 PM
News
Ryan Smyth has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season.
Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Smyth will play in his final game on Saturday. He has 386 goals and 842 points in 1,269 career games. The Edmonton Oilers selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and although Smyth also played for the Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles along the way, he will retire as a member of the Oilers.
Justin Schultz was minus-three on Thursday | 04/11/2014 6:52 AM
News
Justin Schultz was on the ice for all three of the Los Angeles Kings' goals on Thursday.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Schultz's plus/minus rating has fallen to minus-21. That negates some of his offensive value, but it's something that should improve in the years to come, in part because the Oilers are likely to eventually start getting moving further away from the NHL's basement.
Report: Ryan Smyth will announce retirement | 04/11/2014 6:48 AM
News
It's believed that Ryan Smyth will announce his retirement on Friday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
The 38-year-old forward has played in 1,269 career games, including 970 with the Oilers. He has 386 goals and 842 points with the Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Fasth and Oilers lose | 04/11/2014 4:28 AM
News
Viktor Fasth stopped 45 of 48 shots in Edmonton's 3-0 loss to Los Angeles Thursday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fasth played a good game, but the Oilers failed to score. Fasth now has a 3-3-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .914 save percentage with the Oilers.
Anton Lander will play as third line center | 04/10/2014 9:50 AM
News
Anton Lander will serve as the Oilers' third-line center on Thursday.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Lander has an assist in 25 games this season. He will slide into that role because Boyd Gordon (shoulder) is done for the season.
Ben Scrivens won't play against former team | 04/10/2014 9:49 AM
News
Ben Scrivens won't get a chance to play against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
That's assuming that Viktor Fasth doesn't need to be pulled from his start due to his performance or an injury. Scrivens will start in the Oilers' season finale instead as the team finishes the season with a goalie rotation. "I talked to Ben about it," said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. "He's played against his former team and he was totally OK with just keeping the rotation going, keep both guys fresh."
Ben Scrivens will start Saturday | 04/09/2014 1:57 PM
News
Ben Scrivens will get the nod in the Oilers' season finale on Saturday.
Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Scrivens and Viktor Fasth have been rotating starts lately and that will continue until the end of the season. Scrivens has a 2.57 GAA and .921 save percentage in 39 contests in 2013-14.
Edmonton will start Viktor Fasth on Thursday | 04/09/2014 1:56 PM
News
Viktor Fasth will start on Thursday against Los Angeles.
Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
It will be Fasth's last start of the 2013-14 campaign. He has a 2.81 GAA and .897 save percentage in 11 games this season.
Boyd Gordon has a shoulder injury | 04/09/2014 1:54 PM
News
Boyd Gordon is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Gordon will miss what little is left of the 2013-14 campaign. He has eight goals and 21 points in 74 games this season.
Philip Larsen picks up an assist Tuesday | 04/09/2014 10:15 AM
News
Philip Larsen recorded an assist for Edmonton on Tuesday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Larsen has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last four games. He's matched his career-high with 11 points in 28 contests in 2013-14.
Sam Gagner records an assist Tuesday | 04/09/2014 10:13 AM
News
Sam Gagner had an assist in the Oilers' 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Gagner is on a three-game point streak. It's a rare bright spot in what has been a largely disappointing season for him as he has 10 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Scrivens and Oilers lose | 04/09/2014 2:52 AM
News
Ben Scrivens allowed four goals on 33 shots in Edmonton's 4-1 loss to Colorado Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Scrivens now has a 8-11-0 record with the Oilers and a 3.06 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He will battle Viktor Fasth next season for the number one job in Edmonton and Fasth could start the next game for the Oilers.
Perron scores in loss | 04/09/2014 2:49 AM
News
David Perron scored a lone goal in Edmonton's 4-1 loss to Colorado Tuesday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Perron has already set a new career-high in points with 28 goals and 29 assists in 76 games this season. On the other hand he has a minus-15 rating, which is a new career-low for him. Sam Gagner and Philip Larsen assisted the lone goal for the Oilers.
Taylor Hall enjoys being back with linemates | 04/08/2014 8:56 AM
News
Taylor Hall has certainly played well since being reunited with Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the top line four games ago.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Hall celebrated by picking up nine points last week as the was named the NHL's first star. Jordan Eberle had eight points while RNH had four. "Playing with good players seems to be the key to getting up there (points parade), whether that's a pass through a couple of sticks or a shot," said Hall who is seventh in the NHL scoring race. "With the Top 6 on our team (David Perron, Sam Gagner and the injured Nail Yakupov) there are always good guys to play with and there are always positions (power play) to put up points. I know the last four games (RNH and Eberle), it's been a lot of fun."
Ben Scrivens likely to get the start Tuesday | 04/08/2014 8:50 AM
News
Ben Scrivens is likely to get the start in goal for the Oilers on Tuesday according to the Edmonton Journal.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Scrivens is 15-15-4 this season with a 2.53 GAA and a nice .922 save percentage. He will battle Viktor Fasth next season for the number one job in Edmonton.
Nail Yakupov likely won't play this week | 04/08/2014 8:32 AM
News
Even though he is likely healthy enough, the Edmonton Oilers will not let Nail Yakupov play this week.
Edmonton Sun

Impact
Since the season will end on the weekend for the Oilers, the very disappointing season is over for the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Yakupov has just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games as his season has been cut short by an ankle injury. "I'm going to work hard and do my best and see what happens. I can't say anything special, like 'You gotta wait to see this.' And 'I'm going to do this.', Yakupov said when asked about next season. "That's not for me and I'm not talking that way. I'm going to work hard. And that's it." Expect more from Yakupov next season as he had 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games as a rookie.
League names Taylor Hall as star of the week | 04/07/2014 4:32 PM
News
Taylor Hall was selected as the first star of the week for the period ending April 6.
NHL.com

Impact
He racked up nine points, including seven assists, in four matches. Hall has 77 points in 72 games this campaign to place him seventh in league scoring.
Justin Schultz has a two-point night | 04/07/2014 10:02 AM
News
Justin Schultz has a goal and an assist in the Oilers' 4-2 win on Sunday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Schultz has 11 goals and 32 points in 71 games this season. He should build on those numbers in 2014-15.
Jordan Eberle is on a four-game point streak | 04/07/2014 10:01 AM
News
Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist in Edmonton's 4-2 win over Anaheim on Sunday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
That extends Eberle's point streak to four games. He has 27 goals and 64 points in 77 contests in 2013-14.
Viktor Fasth impressive in win over ex-mates | 04/06/2014 10:51 PM
News
Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth emerged with a first-rate performance against his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, during a 4-2 triumph in Edmonton Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fasth saved 34 of the 36 shots he faced. He beat his former team for the first time since being traded to Edmonton a day prior to the March 5 NHL trade deadline. Fasth now has a GAA of .289 and a save percentage of .891. The Oilers have finished out of the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season but are determined to finish the season strongly. They have three remaining games, all at home.
Oilers' Taylor Hall continues great season | 04/06/2014 10:35 PM
News
Taylor Hall scored a goal and assisted on two others in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 upset win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hall's goal, a power-play effort in the first period, was his 27th of the season. His assists were his 49th and 50th. Defenseman Justin Schultz also turned in a two-point game for the Oilers. Schultz scored his 11th goal of the season and picked up his 21st assist. The Oilers' other goals were notched by David Perron and Jordan Eberle (empty net). Both Perron and Eberle now have 27 goals on the season.
Laurent Brossoit ties ECHL shutout record | 04/06/2014 6:48 AM
News
Laurent Brossoit tied the ECHL record for most shutouts in a season with eight.
Calgary Herald

Impact
Brossoit tied the mark on Friday. He was sent down from the Oilers earlier this week as he had replaced Viktor Fasth who suffered a neck injury. Brossoit never got into an NHL game during his recent callup but he has certainly improved his stock with his play this season.
Nail Yakupov isn't likely to return in 13-14 | 04/04/2014 2:55 PM
News
Nail Yakupov (ankle) is probably done for the season.
Oilers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
That would bring the end to his disappointing sophomore campaign. The 2012 first overall pick had just 11 goals and 24 points in 63 games last season. He's worth gambling on as a late round pick in standard league drafts next season.
Ryan Smyth working to set Oilers' PPG record | 04/04/2014 9:58 AM
News
Ryan Smyth is just one marker shy of setting a new Edmonton Oilers' record for most power-play goals in an Oilers' uniform.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
With 126, Smyth is tied with Glenn Anderson for first place on the list. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and at the age of 38, he might not have another campaign with the Edmonton Oilers.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins adds an assist Wednesday | 04/03/2014 10:07 AM
News
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an assist in the Oilers' 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Nugent-Hopkins has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has 18 goals and 53 points in 75 contests in 2013-14.
Philip Larsen finds back of the net Wednesday | 04/03/2014 10:06 AM
News
Philip Larsen scored a goal in Edmonton's 3-2 defeat on Wednesday.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Larsen has three goals and nine points in 25 games this season. He also has seven points in seven AHL contests.
| 04/03/2014 5:11 AM
News
Steve Pinizzotto was called up from the minors on Wednesday April 2.
Rotoworld.com

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