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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.9.2016 / 10:52 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse will have a hearing tomorrow with NHL Player Safety as a result of an altercation with San Jose’s Roman Polak in last night’s game at Rexall Place.

Nurse and Polak were each given fighting majors at 18:20 of the third period, with Nurse receiving the extra two minutes for roughing.

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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 Monday, 03.7.2016 / 4:17 PM MT
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POSTED ON Monday, 03.7.2016 / 4:11 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Size may not matter off the ice, but in the case of Oilers forward Patrick Maroon, it’s made a world of a difference for the team on it.

In just three games with Edmonton, the big forward has recorded two goals and added two assists for four points.

“I just try to come in here and make an impression right away and I didn’t expect to come out and score goals and be getting points right away but it’s going good right now so I’m not complaining,” he said.

“I’ve just got to continue what I’ve been doing to be getting those things and my linemates obviously have a big part in that. I’m playing with two really good linemates so I give them credit too for my good start. I can clean up some areas, I can be better in certain areas too.”

The Oilers acquired Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks, just before the end of the NHL Trade Deadline, announcing they had traded prospect Martin Gernat and a 2016 fourth-round pick to obtain the 6-foot-3 forward.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said the team was already taking steps toward making changes on the ice, with the recent additions amplifying the team’s suddenly assertive transformation.

“I think prior to the deadline we made a commitment, maybe through osmosis there, to play harder and to compete harder. We weren’t happy finishing that homestand,” he said.

“We talked about becoming a scrappier team and leaving it on the ice and not being overly concerned about the result. I think that started in Anaheim, that started in LA — two real tough places to play — and then the trade deadline augmented it with adding some size and some strength and with that comes confidence.”

The addition of Maroon, as well as forward Adam Cracknell and defenceman Adam Pardy who were claimed off waivers on Trade Deadline Day, has made quite the impact on the Oilers lines, which McLellan said he isn’t surprised about.

“I saw Patrick play against us in San Jose numerous times and most of those nights he played with [Corey Perry] and [Ryan Getzlaf] and was effective like he is right now with [Taylor Hall] and [Leon Draisaitl],” said McLellan.

Maroon’s hulking size has proved effective against the opposition and both in and around the blue paint. His, Cracknell and Pardy’s addition to the lineup has seen the Oilers produce a grittier and more aggressive style of play overall.

“We have 15 games left, we’re going to have some ups and downs,” said McLellan. “If we can keep this attitude that we have right now, and that relentlessness and tenacity in our game we have a chance to evolve over the last month of the season and carry that into the summer so we have a little momentum going into training camp next year.”

After all, as Mark Twain once mused, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.7.2016 / 2:20 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It was a cringe-worthy moment as fans saw Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson helped off the ice midway through the first period of the Winnipeg Jets game on Sunday night.

“He’s being tested today, he will get some MRIs and pictures done,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan, who updated the media on Monday.

“Without knowing the results and just listening to the trainers’ talk, I think Davy’s going to be a bit more long-term than short-term. We’re hoping for positive results but we won’t know until later on today.”

It seems as though every time a player returns, another Oiler sustains an unexpected (and un-welcomed) injury. But with each fallen player, McLellan said it presents new opportunities for other individuals to step up.

“We’ve lost big pieces all year. In retrospect it’s probably hurt our team, it’s hurt our record, but it’s also allowed some others to play through,” said the bench boss.

Leon Draisaitl, — we sent him to the minors to start but with injuries he got a chance to come up — Darnell Nurse, those type of players have been able to come in and perform. It’s forced us to pick people up off waivers and trade for people that we get to take a look at and maybe those players will be part of our future.”

As Davidson prepares to exit stage left, Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom may very well be making his return. The blueliner skated with a few players Monday in full equipment. He hasn’t played since Dec. 11 as a result of multiple ailments.

“That’s an exciting sign for us. As we lose Davy, to see Klef in full hockey equipment going through some of the drills, that’s something we’ve all been looking forward to,” said McLellan.

“Now, can he maintain that, are there going to be any setbacks? That’s what the next week to 10 days is for. We’d like to get him back before the season is over, get some games under his belt and just see where he’s at. Let him feel confident in his body heading into the summer so that he can have a real good few months and a strong mental approach [heading] into training camp next year.”

Klefbom has missed 38 games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.7.2016 / 10:00 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.

The netminder recorded three wins on the Oilers road trip this past week, in Buffalo, Philadelphia and Winnipeg. Talbot shut out the Flyers on March 3 with a 35-save performance.

In those three wins, Talbot’s save percentage was .981, stopping 105 shots on 107 faced. He posted a .065 GAA in that week.

The 28-year-old goaltender has a .919 save percentage in 45 games this season.

Jets centre Mark Scheifele was named second star and San Jose Sharks defenceman Brent Burns earned third-star honours.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.5.2016 / 9:34 AM MT
By Ryan Frankson - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Adam Pardy has a bit of a chip on his shoulder when it comes to his former team, the Winnipeg Jets.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a couple of pretty successful seasons with the Jets, playing 60 games with six assists and a +4 rating in 2013-14, and following that up with nine assists and a +9 rating in 55 games last season, also appearing in two of Winnipeg’s playoff games against the Anaheim Ducks.

Pardy had high hopes of continuing to be a semi-regular on the blueline this season, but he was called upon for just 14 games before the Jets placed him on waivers on Sunday. The Oilers claimed the Bonavista, Nfld., native on Monday, immediately slotting him into the lineup Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

It’s not often a player gets to face his former team so soon after being let go, but Pardy will get that chance tomorrow when the Oilers visit the Jets to conclude their four-game road trip. He was asked on Friday how bad he’d like to put forth a strong personal performance and contribute to an Oilers victory.

“Really bad… really bad,” Pardy said. “It was a tough year, personally, for me with the way things went there.”

He admitted he’d be a bit leery facing his former team immediately after starting a new chapter, but he’s already found a groove with the Oilers. Pardy has played 20-plus minutes in all three games, chipping in with a pair of assists and posting a solid +3 rating during Edmonton’s 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

“It’s going to be a treat,” he said of facing Winnipeg. “I’m glad I get a chance to play them in my first week, especially getting a few games under my belt and getting comfortable here with the system, the players and the coaches. I’m excited for Sunday. I can’t wait to go out there.”

At 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds, physicality is a major aspect of Pardy’s game. He said it’ll be a bit odd attempting to force his will upon his former teammates, but that’s not to say he won’t enjoy it.

“It’s going to be a little bit weird,” he said. “You’ve been friends with these guys for three years, so it’s going to be a little tougher to try to hammer some of these guys. But it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s going to be fun at the same time.”

As for his first impressions of his new team, Pardy can see the Oilers potential.

“I like this team,” he said. “We’ve got a good mix here. A lot of young guys, still a lot of things to learn… There’s no doubt there’s a lot of goal-scoring ability that’ll be here going forward for a long time. It’s just a matter of taking care of the defensive side of things and letting those guys play offence.”

Pardy will be one of those players tasked with taking care of the team’s defence for the rest of the season. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and he’s hoping he can make good on his audition over the next month.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 4:58 PM MT
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 3:23 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

As the 2016 World Cup rosters continue to be announced, we’ll have coverage here at edmontonoilers.com.

Oilers rookie centre Connor McDavid has been named to Team North America’s roster as the first 16 players were announced Wednesday.

McDavid, 19, has played 28 NHL games this season and has 12 goals and 19 assists. Internationally, McDavid has represented Canada at the U-18s and World Junior Championships. McDavid helped Canada win gold in 2015 at World Juniors.

McDavid joins Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), Andrej Sekera (Europe) and Leon Draisaitl (Europe) as Oilers players to be named to World Cup of Hockey rosters.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 2:45 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

As the 2016 World Cup rosters continue to be announced, we’ll have coverage here at edmontonoilers.com.

Andrej Sekera and Leon Draisaitl have been named to Team Europe’s roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Team Europe released its first 16 players and both Oilers players were chosen.

Sekera, a 29-year-old defenceman from Slovakia, has played 550 NHL games in his career and has an extensive international background. Sekera has played for Slovakia at the U-18s, two World Junior Championships, multiple World Championships and the Olympic Games in 2010 and 2014.

Draisaitl, 20, is from Cologne, Germany. The centre has skated in 92 NHL games in his career and has 44 points in 55 games this season for the Oilers. Draisaitl has represented Germany at multiple levels, including in junior and at the 2014 World Championships.

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