Player News - Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney, and Manny Viveiros to serve as the team's assistant coaches.

The hiring of Gulutzan and Yawney had been previously reported, but now it's official. Additionally, the Oilers bringing on Viveiros is new information. Viveiros had been serving as the head coach of the WHL's Swift Current Broncos, who won a championship this season. Gulutzan and Yawney have both previously served as head coaches in the NHL, with Gulutzan holding that position more recently as the bench boss of the Calgary Flames. There's a lot of experience on Todd McLellan's new coaching staff.
May 25 - 1:24 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly hired Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney to serve as assistant coaches.

If that's the case, then Todd McLellan will have plenty of experience on his coaching staff. Gulutzan spent the past two seasons as the Calgary Flames' bench boss and previously was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for two campaigns. Yawney also has some experience as an NHL head coach as he was in charge of the Chicago Blackhawks for about a year and a half during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns. Yawney has served as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons.
May 24 - 1:18 PM

Darnell Nurse is a restricted free agent this summer.

Nurse finished the final year of his entry-level contract in 2017-18. The 23-year-old defender has some upside, but he hasn't showed that he can be a top-pairing player yet. It's possible he could receive a long-term deal similar to the ones that Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom signed, but a bridge deal could also make sense if he wants to prove that he is worth more than that.
May 22 - 12:48 PM

Adam Larsson won gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championship over the weekend.

Larsson and Team Sweden defeated Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to claim the gold medal. He notched three points and a plus-13 rating in 10 games during the tournament. Larsson earned a spot on the media All-Star team for his efforts along with fellow Swedes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Rickard Rakell and Anders Nilsson.
May 21 - 11:39 AM

Ryan Mantha's hockey career could be over after suffering a blood clot in his eye.

The minor league defenseman was signed a year ago to an entry level contract and had a big final year as a junior with 17 goals and 58 points for Niagara of the OHL. He had three goals and 10 points for Bakersfield in his rookie campaign this season in only 41 games before the injury.
May 20 - 6:12 AM

Markus Niemelainen will likely not be signed by the Oilers and be eligible for the June draft.

The once highly regarded defenseman was thought to be a first rounder at one point before the 2016 Draft after having an outstanding Under-18 tournament for Finland before the draft but he has not progressed at all after being taken 63rd overall two years ago. He played with Saginaw of the OHL but returned to Finland for the 2017-18 campaign and was a bust there with only a goal and two assists in 42 SM-liiga games.
May 20 - 6:08 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will leave defenseman Joel Persson in Sweden this season.

While the Oilers could recall the 24-year-old who inked a one-year deal earlier in the week at any time, they want to him to continue to play in the SHL and develop. That means he will not attend training camp and if the Oilers like what they see, they will sign him to a longer contract. "Joel has progressed rapidly in the last year and has shown a very good offensive side to his game, which is compatible with some of our needs," Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli stated in a press release. "The plan is for Joel to remain with his club team next year. We have the right of recall but want to see him develop his game thoroughly in what will be his second year in the Swedish Elite League." Persson had six goals and 34 points in 51 games and was an offensive force in 2017-18.
May 20 - 6:03 AM

Joel Persson has signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Persson had six goals and 34 points in 51 Swedish league games in 2017-18. He should continue to be strong with the puck, but it will be interesting to see how he does defensively going forward.
Source: NHL.com
May 18 - 4:24 PM

Connor McDavid registered three assists as Canada earned a 5-4 overtime win over Russia in the 2018 World Championships Quarterfinals.

McDavid is up to five goals and 16 points in eight games in the 2018 Worlds. He got the primary assist on the overtime winner, which was scored by Ryan O’Reilly. Colton Parayko also came up big for Canada with a goal and an assist. Canada will now face the winner of Switzerland versus Finland.
May 17 - 12:59 PM

Joel Persson is reportedly close to signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN's Ryan Rishaug tweeted the news Wednesday morning when he wrote: "Sounds like Oilers may have locked up Swedish Defenceman Joel Perrson. 24 year old right shot from the Vaxjo Lakers." Persson registered six goals and 34 points in 51 SHL games last season.
May 16 - 11:46 AM

Stuart Skinner has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Skinner posted a 16-6-2 record with a 2.68 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and two shutouts after he was acquired by Swift Current from Lethbridge. He registered a mark of 16-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA, a .932 save percentage and six shutouts during the playoffs en route to a WHL championship title. He was chosen in the third round (78th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Oilers.
May 14 - 1:39 PM

Glen Gulutzan has reportedly received assistant coaching offers from the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Gulutzan was recently fired from his job as head coach of the Calgary Flames, so he's looking to jump back into the league as fast as possible. The Sabres have since denied that there was any contact made between them and Gulutzan, but Friedman insists that an interview took place. Teams have reportedly contacted him to run their AHL clubs, but it doesn't sound like that's something he'd be interested in for now.
May 11 - 5:46 PM

Connor McDavid had a hat trick in Team Canada's 5-0 win over Norway on Thursday.

McDavid has excelled in the 2018 World Championships with four goals and 10 points in four games. After Edmonton missed the playoffs, the tournament has offered McDavid with the opportunity to end his campaign on a brighter note. So far Canada is 3-0-1-0 with their lone defeat coming in overtime against Team USA in the tournament opener.
May 11 - 5:31 AM

There's a significant chance that Edmonton will trade the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

They'd get a good prospect with that pick, but one that isn't likely to play in the NHL for at least a couple years. With Connor McDavid already playing at an elite level, they want to give him more support right away, especially after missing the playoffs last season. Trading their 10th overall pick is one way to do that, though of course it will all come down to what the return is. At any rate, don't be surprised if that pick does get moved.
May 9 - 7:18 AM

Edmonton has signed Tyler Vesel to a one-year contract.

Vesel registered 11 goals and 32 points in 36 games with the University of Nebraska-Omaha this past season. He also had three goals and three assists in 11 outings with Bakersfield of the AHL at the end of the year. Vesel was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Oilers.
May 8 - 3:06 PM


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