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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.04.2014 / 2:10 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Brad Hunt (photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
Oklahoma City Barons defenceman and Oilers prospect Brad Hunt has been named to the American Hockey League's second all-star team.

In 62 games played this season, Hunt has 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points. He is also +9. Nine of his goals have come on the power play.

From TheAHL.com:

Second-year pro Brad Hunt has 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points in 62 games with Oklahoma City this season, notching more points in a Barons uniform than any other player in 2013-14. Hunt, who signed his first NHL contract with Edmonton last offseason, has picked up his play in the second half with 31 points and a plus-9 rating in his last 28 games, helping the Barons make a push towards the Calder Cup Playoffs. The 25-year-old native of Ridge Meadows, B.C., made his NHL debut with the Oilers on Jan. 3 and appeared in three contests.

Here's the entire list of AHL All Stars:

2013-14 AHL First All-Star Team

Goaltender - Jake Allen, Chicago Wolves (49gp, 30-16-3, 2.09gaa, .926sv%, 6so)
Defence - T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (70gp, 22+44=66pts., 12 PPG, 4 GWG)
Defence - Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs (70gp, 12+44=56pts., +7, 19 PP pts.)
Left Wing - Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (51gp, 30+37=67pts., +11, 12 PPG)
Centre - Travis Morin, Texas Stars (62gp, 31+50=81pts., +13, 10 PPG)
Right Wing - Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (54gp, 32+31=63pts., +11, 13 PPG, 6 GWG)

2013-14 AHL Second All-Star Team

Goaltender - Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins (30gp, 22-7-1, 2.03gaa, .927sv%, 3so)
Defence - Adam Almquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (69gp, 4+48=52pts., +9, 27 PP pts.)
Defence - Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (62gp, 11+38=49pts., +9, 9 PPG)
Left Wing - Zach Boychuk, Charlotte Checkers (65gp, 35+35=70pts., 17 PPG, 4 GWG)
Centre - Andy Miele, Portland Pirates (65gp, 27+42=69pts., 33 PP pts.)
Right Wing - Spencer Abbott, Toronto Marlies (64gp, 17+52=69pts., +10, 9 PPG)
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.04.2014 / 1:28 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced earlier today that Jujhar Khaira has been assigned to Oklahoma City. The Barons also announced that they have signed three other players to amateur tryout contracts (ATOs): Greg Chase, Mitch Holmberg and Josh Winquist.

Chase is an Oilers draft pick, while Holmberg and Winquist head to OKC on AHL-only deals.

From the Barons Press Release:

Khaira was selected in the third round (63rd overall) by the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and recently completed the WHL season with the Everett Silvertips. In one season with the Silvertips, he registered 44 points with 16 goals and 28 assists. In five playoff games, Khaira had four points, including three goals.

Prior to playing in Everett, the Surrey, B.C., native spent one season at Michigan Tech. He was the third leading scorer as a freshman with six goals and 19 assists.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native was selected in the seventh round (188th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 204 career games for the Hitmen and registered 162 points with 58 goals and 104 assists. He played in 28 career playoff games for Calgary and had eight goals and 13 assists.

Chase joins the Barons after playing four years for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. He scored 85 points this past season with 35 goals and 50 assists in 70 games played. He had nine points (4-5-9) in Calgary’s six-game loss to the Kootenay Ice in the WHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Chase was a member of the 2012 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.

Holmberg recently finished his WHL career with the Spokane Chiefs. He played in 72 games for the Chiefs this season and had 118 points with 62 goals and 56 assists. The Chiefs alternate captain also had one assist for Spokane in the WHL Playoff series against Victoria. He earned the WHL’s Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top scorer and was a first team all-star. Holmberg leaves Spokane as the Chiefs top career goal scorer.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native has spent his entire WHL career with the Chiefs. In 314 career games, he has 296 points with 147 goals and 149 assists. He has played in 41 career postseason games with 20 goals and nine assists.

Holmberg was a member of the 2010 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.

Winquist played with Khaira in Everett, where he was an alternate captain. Winquist appeared in 67 games for the Silvertips and had 93 points with 47 goals and 46 assists. He had four points in Everett’s playoff series this past season.

The St. Albert, Alberta, native has played in 301 career WHL games. He has 216 points (101-115-216) in five seasons with the Silvertips. He’s appeared in 21 career postseason games for Everett, registering 14 points with seven goals and seven assists.
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POSTED ON Monday, 31.03.2014 / 3:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Todd Nelson mentioned on Oilers Now with Reid Wilkins on Monday that centre Will Acton was about to be recalled to the Oilers.

The Oilers have been playing short forwards of late and the season-ending shoulder injury to Luke Gazdic necessitated the recall.

UPDATE: Read the official press release.
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POSTED ON Monday, 31.03.2014 / 3:36 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced Monday that centre Mark Arcobello has been signed to a one-year contract extension. Read the full press release here.

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POSTED ON Monday, 31.03.2014 / 1:15 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that winger Luke Gazdic is undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury this week. As a result, he will be out for the next six months.

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POSTED ON Monday, 31.03.2014 / 1:01 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced today that they have signed free agent college defenceman Jordan Oesterle from the University of Western Michigan.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE >>

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 19.03.2014 / 2:14 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts tweeted a sneak peek at the new mask for goaltender Viktor Fasth.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 19.03.2014 / 12:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Tyler Pitlick from the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons. From the team's press release:

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Tyler Pitlick from the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons on an emergency recall basis.

Pitlick, 22, has appeared in 38 games with the Barons this season, posting 22 points (8G, 14A), 10 penalty minutes and a plus six rating. He has recorded three points (1G, 2A) in his last three games.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has played three games for the Oilers this season, scoring his first career National Hockey League goal on October 26th against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.03.2014 / 7:04 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins was asked after the game about what Matt Hendricks has added to the team with his play since joining the squad in mid-January.

“Hendy’s quietly become the heart beat of our team. He’s come in and led very well and as everybody can see, he lays it on the line every night. This guy is not afraid to sacrifice his body. He is 100% a team player and he’s rubbing off on our group,” Eakins began.

The head coach added that having what Hendricks has contributed to the squad on a nightly basis has been huge for the team’s recent resurgence.

“You can look at all the stats you want, but you have to have players like that on your team. They’re quietly off the stat sheets but they’re very loud in the game. They do a lot of the dirty work but a lot of their dirty work helps the team, inspires the team and it rubs off on the team. And that’s critical to us taking the next step.”

Hendricks talked about the team’s 2-1-1 road trip.

“I think it was a good road trip. We battled back in Minnesota to get two points there. We played 40 good minutes of hockey against a very good St. Louis team and then against Detroit we played the type of road hockey we have to play to win in this league. If you take out the 20 minutes in St. Louis it was a great trip. It shows we’re still trying to complete our game and be a more well-rounded group.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.03.2014 / 1:18 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media several hours before puck drop on Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Eakins said that Sam Gagner will likely play today but he won't 100% commit to it until the Edmonton centre takes pre-game warm-up.

Gagner is encouraged how he feels today. He's going to try in warm up and see how it feels," said Eakins.

If Gagner plays, the question then goes to who sits. Eakins said that Mark Fraser is also healthy and ready to go.

"Fraser is going to play for sure," he said, adding that the odd man out will be Philip Larsen.

Eakins said that Gagner will be back between Taylor Hall and David Perron while Anton Lander will move to the right side to play with Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks.

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