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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.08.2014 / 6:51 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Since being drafted 22nd overall in 2008 by the Oilers, Jordan Eberle has seen some turnover at the head coach position. Heading into this season, Eberle is happy to have Dallas Eakins return in that role keeping some consistency on the bench, despite two new assistant coaches.

“I think more than anything this year it’s going to be nice to have some familiarity with the head coach,” Eberle said. “I think for me, and this is my fifth year coming up, I’ve had three new head coaches now. I think it can be a good thing and a bad thing sometimes too. We finally have a guy where we can pick up where we left off and I definitely look forward to that for sure.”

Eberle says that consistency at head coach is huge for the team and not having that turnover means not starting fresh.

“It’s huge. It’s one thing that really hurt us at the start of the year. No knock against Dallas obviously. He was coming in and things change and that’s how it is. I’ve had that a few times. It will be nice to have the same guy come in and we’ll have a lot of familiarity when it comes to practicing, the way he speaks and what he expects so I think that for sure will help.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.08.2014 / 6:50 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced Tuesday that they have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to a three-year entry level contract. Draisaitl spoke to the media at Oilers Hockey School presented by Rogers shortly after the news was announced.

“It’s really exciting,” he said at the Leduc Rec Centre. “First of all, I want to thank Daryl Katz, Craig MacTavish and all of the other people who are part of the Oilers organization for giving me the opportunity to make this happen. It’s really exciting for me and my family for sure.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.08.2014 / 1:29 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers appointed Rocky Thompson as an Assistant Coach on July 16. Thompson had previously spent the past four seasons with the Oklahoma City Barons in the same position.

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said prior to the search for a new assistant that he was looking for a younger coach who would be willing to spend games serving in the eye in the sky role instead of on the bench. It was clear to Eakins when he interviewed Thompson that he was the candidate who best understood and fit those responsibilities.

“I’ll be really honest, I talked to a lot of people about that job,” Eakins said. “The one thing that comes up right away is that person has to be confident enough in their skin to know that they have an equal voice in that dressing room, they’re respected equally by the staff and players but during those games they are going to be upstairs. Some guys have a problem with that and they can’t get their head wrapped around it. Rocky is a really confident guy and he’s hungry. He wants to learn and he’s got a lot of stuff he can provide us. He was totally comfortable with that aspect of it.”

Eakins says that of all of the candidates he spoke with, Thompson clearly made an impression.

“The reality of it is when I sat down with him for the interview he blew my socks off. I knew Rocky a little bit but I didn’t know a ton about his coaching. I had talked to some people inside of our organization that I greatly respect their opinions and guys that are excellent coaches and they spoke so highly of Rocky. I thought he would be good in the interview but he was excellent.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.08.2014 / 1:28 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins chose Rocky Thompson to join his staff as an Assistant Coach. Eakins had a lot of praise for his new assistant, saying that Thompson is the right person for the job.

“I think he’s going to fit in great,” Eakins said. “He’s that bridge between the players’ ages and myself and the rest of our staff. He’s got a hunger to teach, he’s got a passion for the game and he’s got a passion to continue on his career as a coach. I think for him personally, this is a perfect stepping stone. The great thing about Rocky is that he didn’t want to talk about him he just wanted to talk about the team and that’s what Rocky has always been. He’s a guy of high character and the only thing that matters to him is the team. That’s what’s got to be from all of our staff, all of our players, anybody who works for the Edmonton Oilers and any decision that they make, this is about our team first and there can’t be anything else underlying their decisions.”

Thompson will serve as the eye in the sky on game nights, radioing down to the bench information and adjustments. But he will also have a hand in teaching the players in practice and has experience in pre-scouting opponents and developing plans and adjustments for systems.

“He’s going to provide that information during games but that won’t be his most important role. His most important role is going to be on a day-to-day basis with prepping and preparing our players to go out there and play. Hopefully the information coming down is not a lot because we have the game under control all of the time.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.08.2014 / 11:59 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Canada is playing its final game at World Juniors Summer Development Camp and the play of Oilers prospect Greg Chase has been quite good, with a pair of assists in two games so far.

Chase, an Oilers seventh-round pick in 2013, has warranted himself a look in a more offensive role after playing on the fourth line in the first two games. He is on a line with Nick Petan and Max Domi and in the starting lineup.

The game started at 10:00 a.m. MDT.

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.08.2014 / 1:10 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The seventh overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, Darnell Nurse, had an assist in Canada’s 6-3 win over Russia at summer development camp, while Curtis Lazar recorded a hat trick.

The talented Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) put Canada on the board first at 6:29 of the first period. Nurse recorded the assist on the shorthanded breakaway.

Nurse also recorded a head contact minor and a 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the game.

Fellow Oilers prospect Greg Chase finished the game with two penalty minutes.

Russia tied the game at 1:16 of the second period courtesy of a Nikita Cherepanov power play goal but goals by Buffalo Sabres prospects Nick Baptiste and Sam Reinhart, along with a goal from Calgary’s Sam Bennett gave Canada a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Lazar scored his second of the game at 4:49 of the final frame to make it 5-2. Russia pulled within two at the 16:16 mark of the third period.

Lazar finished off his hat trick at 19:32 of the third period with his second shorthanded goal of the game.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.08.2014 / 5:57 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase both return to the lineup for Team Canada tonight as they take on Russia in the third of their four games at summer development camp.

Nurse will be paired with Haydn Fleury while Chase plays once again with Frederik Gauthier at centre. Jayce Hawryluk will be on the right side of that line.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.08.2014 / 6:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Both of the Oilers prospects participating at Canada's World Junior Summer Camp will not be in the lineup tonight as Canada takes on Russia (5:00 p.m. MDT).
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Canada plays again Thursday and Friday. It's expected Nurse and Chase will play in at least one and potentially both of those contests.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 11:09 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In Canada's first exhibition game at Summer Development Camp, Greg Chase impressed with a pair of assists in Canada's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic. Chase also had two penalty minutes. The other Oilers prospect at the camp, defenceman Darnell Nurse, had two PIM as well.

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Oil Kings centre Curtis Lazar scored for Canada along with Nick Paul, Fredrik Gauthier, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair and Haydn Fleury. Chase assisted on Canada's fourth and fifth goals, by Paul and Fleury respectively.

Canada plays three more games this week: Wednesday versus Russia, Thursday versus Russia and Friday against the Czech Republic.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.08.2014 / 7:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase are playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Development Camp in Montreal. All four of Canada's games can be seen live on HockeyCanada.ca.

Nurse and Chase are both in the lineup for tonight's contest, which began at 5:00 p.m. MDT.

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