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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.4.2016 / 4:27 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Just call him Captain America. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks will don the “C” as captain for the 2016 United States Men’s National Team for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

This is the second year in a row that Hendricks has earned this honour. He captained the Americans to a bronze finish in 2015.

Columbus’ Nick Foligno and Arizona’s Connor Murphy have been named alternate captains for USA. Hendricks is joined by fellow Oilers winger Patrick Maroon as the two Edmonton representatives for Team USA. In total, eight Oilers players are taking part in the 2016 tournament in Russia, and the preliminary round begins Friday, May 6. We will have full coverage of the tournament on edmontonoilers.com.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.2.2016 / 6:02 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The NHL announced today that Oilers forward Connor McDavid is a finalist for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy.

Awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL," McDavid is one of three finalists alongside Chicago Blackhawks Artemi Panarin and Philadelphia Flyers Shayne Gostisbehere.

Though the Oilers centreman missed half of the season due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 12 weeks, he finished the season recording 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points in 45 games.

McDavid recorded multiple points in 12 of his 45 outings, highlighted by a five-point (2G, 3A) game on February 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His average of 1.07 points-per-game led all rookies and ranked third in the entire League.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.1.2016 / 10:58 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

On Friday, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard stopped 34 of 35 shots in Moncton’s 2-1 win over Royn-Noranda in the QMJHL Semi Final.

The Game 5 win extended the series, with Moncton now trailing the Huskies 3-2. Bouchard’s Wildcats hope to once again stave off elimination this afternoon in Moncton.

Should the Wildcats win, Game 7 is on the road Tuesday evening.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.30.2016 / 6:15 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers now hold the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, following Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery.

Of the 14 teams to miss the playoffs, the Oilers came into the night owning the second best odds at winning the first-overall pick. They had a 13.5% chance.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had the best odds at 20.0% and they secured the first-overall pick. The top 14 is as follows:

1. Maple Leafs
2. Jets
3. Columbus
4. Oilers
5. Canucks
6. Flames
7. Coyotes
8. Sabres
9. Canadiens
10. Avalanche
11. Devils
12. Senators
13. Hurricanes
14. Bruins

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.28.2016 / 11:04 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs.

It was a thriller for Bear and the Thunderbirds Wednesday night. Kelowna had a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Bear and his teammates rallied to tie and send it to overtime. It would take until 7:52 of the second overtime for the game-winning goal to be scored by Matthew Wedman, completing the Western Conference Final series sweep for Seattle. The Thunderbirds outshot the Rockets 76-32 in the 5-4 win.

Bear scored with 1:15 left in the third period to pull Seattle within one, and assisted on the equalizer with 2.7 seconds left, sending the game to overtime. Bear’s third-period goal was his second of the night as he turned in a three-point performance. Bear finished the game with two goals and an assist, and the Seattle blueliner now has 15 points in 13 playoff games.

Seattle advances to the WHL Final, where they will play either Brandon or Red Deer. Brandon leads the Eastern Conference Final series 3-1 with Game 5 on Friday.

Also on Wednesday night, Bouchard put forth a valiant effort in net, however Moncton fell 1-0 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Bouchard made 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss. Moncton falls behind 3-1 in the semi final series and will need a road win on Friday to avoid elimination.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.27.2016 / 10:30 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs.

Bear and the Thunderbirds kept it rolling Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Seattle took a 3-0 series lead over their opponent and will try and close them out on Wednesday.

Bear scored a goal 58 seconds into the third period to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. The defenceman, taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, is second on Seattle in scored with 12 points (4-8-12) points in 12 post-season games.

In the QMJHL, Bouchard made 37 saves as his team fell to Rouyn-Noranda 5-1 in Game 3 of their semi final series. Bouchard and Moncton fall behind 2-1 to the Huskies in the series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.25.2016 / 3:35 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Congratulations to Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan’s son Tyson McLellan.

The 20-year-old is one of three freshmen who officially signed their national letters of intent last week to join the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team for the 2016-17 season.

“These young men are great additions to our program and we’re thrilled they’ve decided to come to Denver,” Denver’s hockey coach Jim Montgomery told denverpioneers.com.

“Tyson is an extremely intelligent forward that will fit in well with the culture we’ve created here and will be able to play solid, Denver-style hockey right away for us.”

Tyson played his 2015-16 season with the Madison Capitals in the USHL where he recorded 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 46 games. Prior to being acquired by Madison, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound centre spent two seasons with the Waterloo Black Hawks.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.23.2016 / 10:47 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds went up 2-0 in their Western Conference Final series against Kelowna, courtesy of a 3-2 win Saturday night.

Bear, a fifth-round pick in 2015, finished the game with an assist to give him a total of 11 points in 11 games this post-season (3-8-11). The defenceman has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games.

Seattle heads home to host Kelowna for Game 3 on Tuesday.

In the QMJHL, Oilers prospect Keven Bouchard recorded the win in Game 2 of his series. The Moncton Wildcats goaltender stopped 17 shots in a 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda. The bounce-back game for Moncton tied the series at 1-1.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Moncton.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.22.2016 / 10:53 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear recorded an assist on the game’s opening goal as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat Kelowna 2-1 in Game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Final.

Bear passed the puck to Mathew Barzal and the Thunderbirds forward took it toward the net and sniped the game’s opening goal at 18:34 of the second period, on the power play.

Although the Rockets would score at 19:38 of the third, it was too little too late for the home team, and Bear and the visiting ‘Birds were able to hang on and take a 1-0 series lead.

Bear now has 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games this post-season. He was taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Seattle tries to go up 2-0 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in QMJHL action, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard suffered a 4-1 loss in his playoff series. The Moncton goalie made 23 saves on 27 shots, however Rouyn-Noranda took Game 1 of the semi-final series. The two teams meet again Saturday.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.20.2016 / 2:12 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The dust has finally settled on Round 2 of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds will face-off against the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Conference Championship.

Bear has recorded three goals and added six assists for nine points in nine playoff games.

Defending their 2015 WHL Playoff Championship title, the Rockets look to make the advance once more, this time without Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl in their lineup.

The Rockets alumnus was a pivotal piece in their ranks during the 2014-15 WHL season and 2015 post-season run, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 19 games.

Meanwhile, Oilers goaltending prospect Keven Bouchard and the Moncton Wildcats will take on the Rouyn-Noranda in the QMJHL semi final series.

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