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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.19.2016 / 12:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed winger Zack Kassian to a one-year contract.

Kassian, 25, appeared in 36 games with the Oilers last season, posting eight points (3G, 5A) and 114 penalty minutes.

The 6’3”, 217-pound winger has appeared in 234 career NHL games, accumulating 74 points (38G, 36A) and 421 penalty minutes. He has also played in eight playoff games, posting six penalty minutes.

The Windsor, Ontario native was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round, 13th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Kassian was a Memorial Cup Champion in 2010 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, along with current Oilers forward Taylor Hall.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.9.2016 / 10:00 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Patrick Russell to a two-year entry level contract.

Russell, 23, appeared in 41 games this season with the St. Cloud State Huskies in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), posting 41 points (20G, 21A), 14 penalty minutes and a plus 24 rating. He set career highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in his second season with the Huskies.

Russell received several accolades in his time with St. Cloud State, including being named to the 2015 All-NCHC Academic Team and to the 2015 All-NCHC Rookie Team.

The 6’1”, 205-pound forward has accumulated 66 points (30G, 36A) and 26 penalty minutes in 81 career games with St. Cloud State.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.11.2016 / 1:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defencemen Darnell Nurse, Jordan Oesterle and Griffin Reinhart, as well as goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Nurse, 21, appeared in 69 games with Edmonton this season, registering 10 points (3G, 7A) and 60 penalty minutes. The Hamilton, Ontario native has posted one assist and seven penalty minutes in six games with the Condors this season.

Oesterle, 23, appeared in 17 games with the Oilers this season, posting five assists. The Dearborn Heights, Michigan native played in 42 games with the Condors this season, registering 23 points (3G, 20A) and eight penalty minutes.

Reinhart, 22, played in 29 games with the Oilers this season, recording one assist and 20 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has accumulated nine points (2G, 7A) and 14 penalty minutes in 27 games with Bakersfield this season.

Brossoit, 23, appeared in five games this season with the Oilers, posting a 3.61 goals against average and a .873 save percentage. The Surrey, British Columbia native has played in 28 games with Bakersfield this season, recording a 15-9-3 record with a 2.69 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.1.2016 / 10:05 AM MT

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.

McDavid edged Buffalo Sabres teammates Sam Reinhart (4-8—12 in 15 GP) and Jack Eichel (6-4—10 in 14 GP), Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (3-7—10 in 14 GP), and St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri (3-6—9 in 12 GP) for the honor.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, picked up at least one point in 11 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by a seven-game point streak March 14-26 (1-9—10). He also registered five multi-point performances, led by a pair of goals – including the overtime winner – in his first NHL meeting with Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick last year, March 1.

The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies – and ranks third in the NHL – with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (15-30—45 in 42 GP). McDavid also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7—12 in 12 GP) and February (5-12—17 in 14 GP).

Connor McDavid in March
 
Date                Opponent                   G         A         PTS     Result
March 1           at Buffalo                    2          0          2          2-1 win (OT)
March 3           at Philadelphia             0          1          1          4-0 win
March 4           at Columbus                1          1          2          6-3 loss
March 6           at Winnipeg                 0          0          0          2-1 win
March 8           SAN JOSE                 0          0          0          3-0 loss
March 10         at Minnesota               1          0          1          2-1 win
March 12         ARIZONA                   0          0          0          4-0 loss
March 14         NASHVILLE                0          1          1          3-2 loss
March 16         ST. LOUIS                  0          2          2          6-4 win
March 18         VANCOUVER            0          1          1          2-0 win
March 20         COLORADO              0          1          1          3-2 loss
March 22         at Arizona                    0          2          2          4-2 loss
March 24         at San Jose                 0          1          1          6-3 win
March 26         at Los Angeles            1          1          2          6-4 loss
March 28         ANAHEIM                   0          0          0          2-1 loss
Total                                                   5          11        16        7-8-0
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POSTED ON Monday, 03.28.2016 / 4:50 PM MT

The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) has named forward Matt Hendricks as the Edmonton Oilers nominee for the 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey". The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule.

Hendricks, 34, is in his 8th NHL season and his 3rd season with the Oilers. He has registered 12 points (5G, 7A) and a plus three rating in 64 games this season and also leads the team in hits (161), as well as leads all Oilers forwards in blocked shots (68).

The 6’0”, 207-pound forward was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 475 career NHL games, accumulating 93 points (45G, 48A) and 621 penalty minutes. He has also played in 34 playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation in conjunction with Cenovus, have teamed up with Matt and Kim Hendricks to create ‘Hendricks’ Heroes’, a program to recognize and honour men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Matt and Kim Hendricks host two members of the military at 13 games throughout the 2015-16 season, where the guests are provided with two tickets, a meet and greet with Matt along with two personally signed Oilers jerseys, as well as dinner hosted by Kim.

The nomination marks the fourth time in Hendricks’ career and the second straight year where he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Blaine, Minnesota native was previously nominated by the Colorado Avalanche (2009-10), Washington Capitals (2010-11) and Edmonton Oilers (2014-15).

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.13.2016 / 2:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Jere Sallinen to a one-year entry level contract.

Sallinen, 25, has appeared in 50 games with Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, posting 19 points (8G, 11A), 79 penalty minutes and a plus eight rating.

The 6’2”, 198-pound winger has accumulated 34 points (16G, 18A) and 107 penalty minutes in 98 career KHL games.

The Espoo, Finland native has represented his country several times internationally, including the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship and most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, recording four penalty minutes in nine games.

Sallinen was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 6th round, 163rd overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.9.2016 / 4:14 PM MT
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POSTED ON Monday, 03.7.2016 / 4:30 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Griffin Reinhart from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Reinhart, 22, has appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, posting one assist and 16 penalty minutes.

The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has appeared in 27 games with Bakersfield this season, registering nine points (2G, 7A), 14 penalty minutes and a plus three rating.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.1.2016 / 11:15 AM MT

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 12 assists and 17 points in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February.

McDavid edged Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere (4-9—13 in 15 GP), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (5-6—11 in 9 GP) and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (7-3-2, 2.46 GAA, .922 SV%) for the honor.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, registered at least one point in 10 of his 14 February appearances. That included 1-2—3 in his return from a 37-game absence Feb. 2 vs. CBJ and 2-3—5 – career highs for assists and points – Feb. 11 vs. TOR. At 19 years, 29 days, McDavid became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to record a five-point game and just the third rookie in Oilers history to accomplish that feat (also Dave Lumley and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins).

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (10-19—29 in 27 GP). He also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7—12 in 12 GP).

McDavid in February
 
Date                Opponent                   G         A         PTS     Result
Feb. 2              COLUMBUS               1          2          3          5-1 win           
Feb. 4              at Ottawa                    0          2          2          7-2 win
Feb. 6              at Montreal                  0          0          0          5-1 loss
Feb. 7              at NY Islanders           1          0          1          8-1 loss
Feb. 9              at New Jersey             0          1          1          2-1 loss
Feb. 11            TORONTO                 2          3          5          5-2 win
Feb. 13            WINNIPEG                 0          0          0          2-1 loss (SO)
Feb. 16            ANAHEIM                   0          1          1          5-3 loss
Feb. 18            MINNESOTA              1          0          1          5-2 loss
Feb. 20            COLORADO              0          1          1          3-2 loss
Feb. 23            OTTAWA                    0          1          1          4-1 loss
Feb. 25            at Los Angeles            0          0          0          2-1 loss
Feb. 26            at Anaheim                  0          0          0          2-1 loss (OT)
Feb. 28            NY ISLANDERS         0          1          1          3-1 win
Total                                                   5          12        17        4-8-2
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 10:07 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have claimed winger Adam Cracknell (Vancouver Canucks) and defenceman Adam Pardy (Winnipeg Jets) off waivers.

Cracknell, 30, has played in 44 games with the Vancouver Canucks this season, posting 10 points (5G, 5A) and 14 penalty minutes.

The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 126 career NHL games, registering 27 points (11G, 16A) and 28 penalty minutes.

Pardy, 31, has appeared in 14 games with the Winnipeg Jets this season, posting one assist and eight penalty minutes.

The Bonavista, Newfoundland native has appeared in 329 career NHL games, recording 49 points (4G, 45A) and 257 penalty minutes.

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