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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.4.2016 / 9:32 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for an optional morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Forwards on the ice are: Hall, Draisiatl, McDavid, Eberle, Yakupov, Pakarinen and Lander

Not on the ice: Pouliot, Hendricks, Kassian, Letestu, Korpikoski

Defencemen on the ice: Fayne, Gryba, Clendening, Davidson, Schultz, Reinhart and Nurse

Defencemen not on the ice: Sekera

Cam Talbot will start tonight in goal.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 11:27 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 10:00 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have placed winger Luke Gazdic on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Gazdic, 26, has played 28 games for the Oilers this season, recording one goal and 22 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.3.2016 / 9:45 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at Leduc Recreation Centre for practice before flying to Ottawa today.

Justin Schultz, who missed yesterday’s morning skate due to illness, is skating.

Stay tuned for more updates, including interviews.

The lineup in the most recent drill is as follows:

Hall-Draisaitl-Purcell
Pouliot-McDavid-Eberle
Kassian-Letestu-Yakupov
Korpikoski-Hendricks-Pakarinen

Nurse-Schultz
Sekera-Fayne
Davidson-Gryba
Reinhart-Clendening

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.2.2016 / 3:30 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have activated centre Connor McDavid from Injured Reserve.

McDavid, 19, has appeared in 13 games with the Oilers this season, registering 12 points (5G, 7A) and six penalty minutes. He also currently leads the Oilers in shooting percentage (20.8).

The Oilers also announced today they have assigned winger Rob Klinkhammer to the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Klinkhammer has appeared in 14 games with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and six penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 8:36 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 8:35 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers came back to the ice on Monday after an extended all-star break which saw them off the ice for a full seven days -- longer than any other NHL team.

Coming back, Connor McDavid was cleared for play and in a physical practice that saw two separate on-ice sessions he skated with Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot.

“I don’t even think Ebs and I have played a shift together before," said McDavid." This will be a little bit different for us. There’ll be an adjustment period. I’m definitely excited to play with a player like Jordan.”

Eberle was injured in the pre-season and did not return until after McDavid went down in early November with his collarbone injury.

“Everyone knows what he’s like around the net. He’s got quick, great hands and a deceiving shot. You know if you get the puck in a good spot he’s going to finish it.”

Eberle was also excited to play with McDavid.

“I think with Nuge going down, we knew we were getting Connor back and I thought there was a chance me and (Pouliot) would get a chance with him,” Eberle began. “It’s been funny the way the year’s gone, I came back the day he got injured. I haven’t even been on the ice with him, even in exhibition. It’s good to get out there and practice. We had an intense skate today, got our wind back a little bit and hopefully we find some chemistry tomorrow.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 2:09 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at Rexall Place for their first post-All-Star break practice.

Connor McDavid has returned from his conditioning loan in Bakersfield and is on the ice with his teammates. Adam Clendening, claimed off waivers, is also on the ice wearing number 27.

With Taylor Hall not practicing, as he returns from the All-Star weekend in Nashville, the Oilers ran a jumbled mix of lines. Some players rushed as four instead of three.

McDavid took his first rushes between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle. Anton Lander, Leon Draisaitl, Teddy Purcell and Rob Klinkhammer all had a rush together. Zack Kassian was with Mark Letesty and Nail Yakupov. Lauri Korpikoski, Luke Gazdic, Matt Hendricks and Iiro Pakarinen all took a rush together as well.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 10:00 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled defenceman Griffin Reinhart and winger Zack Kassian from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Reinhart, 21, has appeared in 17 games with Bakersfield this season, registering six points (1G, 5A) and 12 penalty minutes.

The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has posted one assist and eight penalty minutes in 13 games with the Oilers this season.

Kassian, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Condors this season, recording three points (2G, 1A) and 16 penalty minutes.

The Windsor, Ontario native has two points (1G, 1A) and 18 penalty minutes in six games with the Oilers this season.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.31.2016 / 7:23 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Midway through the final period of the final game, the NHL announced three options to fans to vote for MVP. One was Johnny Gaudreau, one was Roberto Luongo and one was Taylor Hall.

Hall was glad that in the end it was the write-in candidate that was victorious: John Scott.

“We were all really happy for him and pulling for him. For him to have his family here, his wife and to win MVP. I think they can use that car. Just a great experience,” Hall stated.

The Oilers winger felt that the entire experience was one to remember and in the end the tournament format lent itself to quite a bit of competitive hockey.

“It was a ton of fun. The city of Nashville, their fans were awesome. Just being around the guys and being able to experience the whole all-star event was a whole lot of fun. And to win to top it off is great.

“I thought we were trying pretty hard. We managed to get a few breakaways and two-on-ones. The goalies played huge. It was great to see John Scott score a couple goals and chip in.”

When asked what he'll remember most from his first NHL All-Star Weekend as a participant, Hall didn't hesitate.

“The win. John Scott winning MVP, being around him for the weekend and seeing what that was like. My first all-star game, I don’t think you can ever forget that.”

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