The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned centre Andrew Miller to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Miller, 26, appeared in nine games for the Oilers, posting six points (1G, 5A). He scored his 1st National Hockey League goal on a penalty shot against the Dallas Stars on March 27th; becoming the first player in Oilers history to score his 1st NHL goal on a penalty shot.
The 5’10”, 181-pound centre leads Oklahoma City in points (56), goals (25) and assists (31) in 58 games with the Barons this season.
The Edmonton Oilers also announced they have activated winger Tyler Pitlick off injured reserve.
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The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Richard Bachman has returned to Edmonton, following an absence due to a death in the family this past week. Mark Fayne (shoulder) and Viktor Fasth (knee) are also skating today. Tyler Pitlick is in non-contact yellow.
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The Oilers took the ice at Rexall Place for Monday practice with Mark Fayne joining his teammates. The defenceman has missed time since March 25, with a shoulder injury.
“It feels good getting out there in practice. It felt a lot better once it got warm so we’ll see where it goes,” said Fayne.
Fayne couldn’t provide a timeline for his return to game action, but his head coach seems to think it won’t be long.
“He’s really close,” said Oiler Interim Coach Todd Nelson. “He had a good day today. Both him and Viktor (Fasth) fall in the same category, where they had a good day. We’ll see how everything reacts tomorrow and then we’ll move forward from there.”
Fayne has played 74 games for the Oilers this season, scoring two goals and adding six assists. The Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night.
Injuries have hit the Oilers defencemen as of late. Veteran blueliners Andrew Ference (concussion) and Nikita Nikitin are not practicing with the team. With Mark Fayne, 27, skating with the team today at practice, the average age of the seven Oilers defencemen on the ice was 23.4.
Take him out of the lineup, like he was last game with a shoulder injury, and the average age of the remaining six is 22.8.
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“I think it’s great for those guys, getting experience when they’re that young,” said Fayne. “It’s a tough league for a defenceman to come in right away, every game in the playoff season. I think it’s good that they’re starting to get experience now, playing a lot of different positions and a lot of different match ups. I think, as a team, it might be a little tough of a transition when you have so many but this is the time of year to do it.”
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The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have agreed to terms with centre Kyle Platzer on a three-year entry level contract.
Platzer, 20, has appeared in 68 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Owen Sound Attack this season, posting 81 points (34G, 47A), 46 penalty minutes and a plus 13 rating. He led the team and established career highs in points (81), goals (34), assists (47) and plus/minus (+13). He also played in five playoff games, registering five points (1G, 4A) and four penalty minutes.
The 6’0”, 180-pound centre has accumulated 140 points (61G, 79A) and 87 penalty minutes in 203 career OHL games. He has also appeared in 31 career playoff games, recording 14 points (4G, 10A) and 18 penalty minutes.
Platzer was selected by the Oilers in the 4th round, 96th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Platzer will report to Oklahoma City (AHL) and sign an Amateur Tryout agreement with the Barons.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have assigned goaltender Tyler Bunz to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Bunz, 23, appeared in one game for the Oilers, in relief of starting goaltender Ben Scrivens on April 2nd in the Oilers loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Oilers announced that centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not play tonight against the Flames due to a lower body injury.
The Oilers have taken the ice for morning skate ahead of tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames.
In their first season in the American Hockey League, the Bakersfield Condors will don a new primary logo on their uniforms. At a press conference on Thursday, in California, the Condors unveiled their logo for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
"This is another step in building the excitement for this historic move to the American Hockey League," said Condors Team President Matthew Riley. "The new logo is dynamic, fierce, and incorporates our new blue and orange color scheme. With this logo we are able to further our established brand of the past 17 years, while uniting us in our new chapter with the Edmonton Oilers, a team with great tradition over the past 35 years."
The logo is a modern, updated version of their previous condor logo. The condor now has orange skin, with royal blue colouring in the feathers, helping build association to the Edmonton Oilers brand.
"The new Condors logo is yet another great step in bringing Bakersfield fully into the Oilers family,” said Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott. “The iconic blue and orange colours, bold and vivid, will strike a strong chord with Condors fans and be a great symbol of the importance of the team and the City to the long-term success of the Oilers.”
The Condors will serve as the primary development team of the Oilers beginning this upcoming season. Click here to read more about the creation of the AHL Pacific Division and the Oilers affiliation with Bakersfield.
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