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POSTED ON Monday, 29.09.2014 / 1:57 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
There are several battles for roster spots amongst Oilers players right now. One of the positions, seemingly up for grabs, would be right up the middle. Aside from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Boyd Gordon, the Oilers are still looking to solidify their lineup at centre.

Third-overall pick Leon Draisaitl is one of the possibilities and he’s shown flashes of his playmaking skills in the pre-season so far. 2013 third-round pick Bogdan Yakimov has come in and impressed from the opening face-off in Penticton, BC at the Young Stars Tournament. Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander have NHL experience are locked in that same battle.

So far, it looks like the rookies are pushing to get noticed and when asked on Monday if the Oilers would hesitate in starting the season with two rookies at centre, Head Coach Dallas Eakins says there wouldn’t be any.

“I don’t want to speak for my boss, but we’ve had the talks and I don’t think we’d hesitate at all,” he said. “But we are looking to go with the guys who have earned their spots in camp… You don’t want to play safe all of the time. Safe is okay, he doesn’t need waivers so send him down, keep this guy and see what happens. We want to go with the guys who have earned the spots. Is there a danger with that in waivers? Absolutely. But that’s where the battle is.

Eakins stressed that there is still a battle to be played out here, but whoever has earned a spot will stay with the club.

“There is still lots of time here and I’m not sure that they’ve outplayed those guys, but there are certainly all of these guys in the mix. No one has stepped up way ahead of each other yet. It will be real interesting here over the next few games to see who’s going to step up. My real honest answer, and I will be honest, I don’t think there will be any hesitation. We’ll take the guys who have played well, played the best and who we think are going to help us win our first game.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 29.09.2014 / 1:12 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have assigned Curtis Hamilton, Kale Kessy, Iiro Pakarinen, Jason Williams and Martin Gernat to the Oklahoma City Barons.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Monday’s practice.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 28.09.2014 / 9:42 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers Captain Andrew Ference left tonight’s game with an arm injury and did not return. Head Coach Dallas Eakins provided an update on the defenceman after the game.

“Ference update, he was courageous and blocked shots,” Eakins said. “We need lots of that, more of it. We took him out as a precaution. X-rays are negative, he’ll be fine.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 26.09.2014 / 12:27 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers Entertainment Group Vice-Chairman Bob Nicholson has been inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in B.C. (Vancouver and Penticton), Nicholson is being elected into the builder category of the hall of fame. Nicholson led the Hockey Canada program since 1998. He oversaw all operations for international competitions that Canada participated in. During his time with Hockey Canada, the nation took home 76 medals in those competitions- 44 of them were gold.

Nicholson was introduced in his new role in June. As Vice-Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, Nicholson is a voice for all facets of the organization, from business to hockey operations.

Members of the Oilers organization likened the arrival of Nicholson to the signing of a superstar free agent.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.09.2014 / 4:38 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have assigned Ty Rimmer to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.09.2014 / 3:34 PM
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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.09.2014 / 1:51 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers management, coaches, trainers and players are showing their Edmonton Eskimos pride in advance of their game against Saskatchewan tomorrow. Nearly every Oiler is wearing an Eskimos hat, although there are just a few questionable Roughriders fans.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.09.2014 / 1:42 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice in Leduc and the first group is as follows:

Forward Lines:

Hall-Arcobello-Purcell

Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu

Pakarinen-Lander-Pinizzotto

Moroz-Khaira-Perron

R. Hamilton-Acton-Westgarth

Defensive Pairings:

Ference-Simpson

Nikitin-Fayne

Hunt-Musil

Goalies:

Scrivens/Fasth

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 24.09.2014 / 11:57 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The stat sheet doesn’t record “energy level” but by watching Oilers winger Nail Yakupov, it was clear that he was trying to make things happen on the ice. Head Coach Dallas Eakins was pleased with the things Yakupov brought to the game tonight.

“I thought that line was one pass away from making something happen,” Eakins said. “Pucks were bobbling on him, there were some that went into his feet but I thought he was skating, I thought he was trying. He was energetic on the bench so I thought he had a good game.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 24.09.2014 / 11:56 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers top line started as Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle centred by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. But as the game wore on, Head Coach Dallas Eakins tinkered with the lineup, and third-line winger Curtis Hamilton got bumped to the top with Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins.

Hamilton, a second-round pick in 2010, showed he’s a hard worker and played well in his promotion. After battling adversity with knee injuries, Hamilton deserved the opportunity.

“He needs it,” Eakins said. “You cheer for kids like that because he’s been hurt a lot, he comes in, he’s worked hard over the summer and that’s another one where it’s like, ‘alright, let’s throw him up there with two very good NHL players and see how he responds.’”

“When we shook (the lineup), I felt like everybody started to respond a little bit and I’m sure that’s exciting for Curtis to be able to play with those two guys.”

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