Player News - Oilers

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Stuart Skinner was among 15 players who were assigned to Bakersfield of the AHL on Tuesday.

Mitch Callahan, Braden Christoffer, Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, Logan Day, Luke Esposito, Dave Gust, Cameron Hebig, Jake Kulevich, Colin Larkin, John McFarland, Evan Polei, Ryan Van Stralen, Tyler Vesel and Jared Wilson were also sent to the minors by Edmonton. The Oilers have 45 players remaining on the training camp roster.
Sep 18 - 6:13 PM

Mikko Koskinen didn't look good in his preseason debut.

Koskinen stopped just 16 of 19 shots over two periods. His opponent was the Calgary Flames, but they were essentially Flames in name only as just three NHL veterans were on the Flames' roster for the contest. Those veterans were Logan Shaw, Justin Falk and goaltender David Rittich. It's not a great look for Koskinen, but then again it's only a training camp game so you shouldn't read too much into this result.
Sep 18 - 5:14 AM

Kailer Yamamoto scored a pair of goals as the Oilers beat the Flames 7-4 on Monday night.

Yamamoto scored his first of two goals of the game while the Oilers were short-handed in the first period. On the goal, he went on a breakaway after taking a pass off the boards and snapped a perfect shot over the glove of David Rittich to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead with 4:56 left in the period. He got an assist on Ethan Bear’s powerplay goal to tie the game at three, and then gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead with an even-strength goal at the 13:53 mark of the third period. The 22nd overall pick in 2017 is off to another strong preseason start and is looking to earn a full-time spot in Edmonton after registering three assists in a nine regular season game tryout last season. Evan Bouchard, Kris Russell (2) and Pontus Aberg also scored in the win.
Sep 18 - 12:35 AM

Scottie Upshall (knee) has been given medical clearance to practice with the Oilers.

Upshall failed his physical on Friday, but will continue to work towards playing this season. He's participating in the Oilers' training camp on a PTO.
Sep 17 - 5:51 PM

Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Nurse was a restricted free agent and missed the start of training camp as a result of the contract negotiations. That's all in the past though and what little time he missed isn't likely to have an impact once the regular season starts. He'll could take a moderate step forward offensively this season after finishing 2017-18 with 26 points.
Sep 17 - 2:32 PM

Ryan Mantha (eye) has started to skate once again.

Mantha, a fourth round pick in 2014, suffered a blood clot in his eye and underwent heart surgery to help solve the blood clot problem last season. He has started to skate but their is no timetable for his return. Just an FYI in case you were wondering what happened to Mantha.
Sep 17 - 6:26 AM

Scottie Upshall is hoping to pass his physical on Monday and be back on the ice.

Upshall failed his physical Friday due to a knee injury. He is on a PTO and needs all the time possible to impress the coaching staff. The veteran will likely be a fourth line option if he cracks the Oilers lineup and will have no fantasy value.
Sep 17 - 6:23 AM

Al Montoya is in a serious battle for the backup role in Edmonton.

The Oilers inked KHL standout Mikko Koskinen in the off-season and he looks to have the inside track on backing up Cam Talbot. Montoya was 4-3-2 for the Oilers with a 2.94 GAA and a .904 save percentage so you can understand why Edmonton is looking to improve on their backup netminder.
Sep 17 - 6:20 AM

Tobias Rieder has started training camp on the right side with Leon Draisaitl as his center.

The German-born and raised duo have Milan Lucic on their left side and if Rieder continues to play alongside Draisaitl, it should make for a comeback season offensively from the former King and Coyote who had only 25 points last season. Rieder was originally drafted by the Oilers so it's a return home for the 25-year-old. Look for a 35-40 point season from Rieder.
Sep 17 - 6:14 AM

Oilers forward Ryan Strome believes that teammate Connor McDavid will "torch" the NHL this year.

"He’s going to absolutely torch this league," Strome said. "I thought I was lucky playing with John Tavares (with the New York Islanders), and I was. He’s one of my best friends. And then I got to experience it on another level with Connor." McDavid has posted back-to-back 100-point seasons, racking up 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games last year. Don’t be surprised if the 21-year old surpasses the 100-point mark again in 2018-19. He should be the first overall pick in almost every fantasy draft.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 16 - 11:00 AM

Scottie Upshall reportedly failed his medical testing because of a knee injury.

Sportsnet's Mark Spector notes that this does not automatically end Upshall's PTO with Edmonton Oilers, but it does significantly hurt his chances of earning a contract. He will be unable to participate in sessions for a few weeks.
Sep 14 - 10:32 AM

Alex Chiasson will attend camp with Edmonton on a professional tryout.

Chiasson played in 61 games with the Washington Capitals last season and he contributed 18 points. He also skated in 16 contests during the team's playoff run to a Stanley Cup title.
Sep 10 - 5:08 PM

Connor McDavid wants to get Edmonton back to the playoffs.

In three seasons, McDavid's Oilers have only made it to the postseason once. "You've just got to be sick of losing," McDavid said. "You kind of experience both ends of the spectrum, where we had such a good season and last year we weren't even close. So definitely a lot more fun to be winning games and to experience that culture. I think everyone kind of understands where we went wrong last year, and I think at some point it just becomes a competitive thing." The Oilers will have to get off to a better start if they want to make it back to the playoffs again. If they don't make it, McDavid won't be the reason why.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 9 - 5:52 PM

Milan Lucic has put last season's disappointment behind him as he gets ready for 2018-19.

Lucic was limited to 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season. The second half was especially dreadful for him. He scored just one goal and eight points in his final 46 contests. "Everyone starts with a clean sheet and you have to focus on what’s ahead," said Lucic. "Guys have had tough years for decades and it’s about how you bounce back. Clearing your mind and moving forward. That was the main thing with me … getting mentally healthy." Lucic admitted that he struggled with his confidence last season and that just makes being able to hit the reset button all the more important. The Oilers need him to bounce back given that he has five seasons left on his contract.
Sep 7 - 6:25 AM

Although Darnell Nurse is still a restricted free agent, no contract signing is imminent, according to agent Anton Thun.

That said, it's still entirely possible that Nurse will sign before the start of training camp. "This is an organization I want to be a part of, obviously," said Nurse. "Hopefully, I’m out there first day. I’m not the only guy (restricted free-agent) in this position. There’s (Shea) Theodore and (Josh) Morrissey still waiting too." On top of the ones Neal named, there are some other restricted free agents that still need a contract too like William Nylander and Sam Reinhart. Most, if not all, of the remaining RFAs should end up with a new contract before training camp starts or shortly after its opening.
Sep 6 - 11:00 AM


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