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POSTED ON Monday, 02.15.2016 / 2:00 PM MT
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.15.2016 / 1:53 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Laurent Brossoit made 32 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Saturday. The performance was impressive enough that seeing him play again soon would not be surprising.

However, the Oilers are going to “run with” Cam Talbot for the time being, leading to the need to make a decision on Brossoit. Is it better for his development to sit and watch Talbot, or is it better for him to return to the AHL and roll as the number one?

“I thought LB was excellent last game,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I think that he’s got a real bright future in the game. I think he will play in the NHL for a long time, as the years go on. We’ll have to look at his development. Talbs is going to run some games here now for a little while.”

Anders Nilsson has been hot in two games played down in Bakersfield. He made 37 saves in his AHL season debut against Ontario, then followed it up with 21 against San Jose. Both games were wins for the Condors.

“We’re going to play Cam,” said McLellan. “We’re going to play Cam a fair amount, as long as his level of play goes up. Now we’ve got to figure out what do with LB. Do we want him watching Cam, or stopping 35 shots a night? We’ll have to make that decision.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.15.2016 / 1:52 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Laurent Brossoit made his season debut on Saturday night with Cam Talbot feeling under the weather. Talbot came to the rink and observed Brossoit’s performance, in which the 22-year-old goalie made 32 saves.

“He was great,” said Talbot. “Very steady, he was calm, controlled his rebounds, very calm out there and really kept his composure for a young guy. Especially when it was on such short notice when you’re going to get the start. Sometimes that can play with your mind a little bit, but he handled it great mentally and gave us a good outing and gave us a chance to win.”

The Oilers lost the game to Winnipeg 2-1 in a shootout, but Brossoit was solid for the home team and helped them secure a point by keeping them in the game until Matt Hendricks scored the equalizer to send it to overtime.

In limited exposure to Brossoit, Talbot sees the makings of a good NHL netminder.

“He’s just so calm,” said Talbot. “When you’re a young kid, sometimes you want to do a little too much. But he just plays square, plays patient, lets the puck come to him. He’s a big kid, really athletic. He’s able to make those first saves and get to the rebounds when he needs to. I think he’s got all the tools to be a good goalie at this level.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.15.2016 / 1:48 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

As the season has gone on, Brandon Davidson has become an increasingly important piece on the Oilers blueline. The 24-year-old defenceman has gained more recognition in recent weeks due to his steady play and increase in minutes.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan says his role as a penalty killer has bumped up his minutes recently, but that doesn’t mean Davidson hasn’t been impressive.

“When you look at our team and our minute-distribution since the All-Star break, it’s skewed immensely because of the amount of penalties we’ve taken,” said McLellan. “Brandon penalty kills, he penalty kills a lot, so his minutes are going to go up significantly in that area. But over and above that, he’s done a really good job of just being a Steady Eddie. He just gets the job done. He can play the game, a skating game, he can play a passing game, he can play a physical game. He’s got the tools that can be used in any type of environment.”

Davidson took 31 shifts against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, playing 22:38. He’s played 25+ minutes twice since the All-Star break.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.15.2016 / 10:58 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at Rexall Place for practice. Teddy Purcell is absent, so Anton Lander has taken his place with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl.

Line Combinations:

67-97-14
4-29-51
44-55-10
28-23-26

Stay tuned for more coverage.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.12.2016 / 2:43 PM MT
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.12.2016 / 11:08 AM MT

The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place.

The lines appear to be as follows:

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

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.10.2016 / 12:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

Brossoit, 22, has appeared in 26 games with the Condors this season, posting a 14-8-3 record, a 2.70 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and three shutouts. He also represented the Condors at the 2016 AHL All Star Game.

The Surrey, British Columbia native played in his first National Hockey League game last season, making 49 saves as the Oilers dropped a 3-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

A former member of the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings, Brossoit posted a career 88-34-4 record, including a 2.59 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He also led the Oil Kings to the WHL Final in 2013, where they lost the Portland Winterhawks.

The Edmonton Oilers also announced they have assigned goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Bakersfield Condors.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.9.2016 / 12:30 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned defenceman Griffin Reinhart to 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 17 games with Bakersfield this season, registering six points (1G, 5A) and 12 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.9.2016 / 9:25 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Newark, New Jersey as they prepare to play the Devils tonight.

Forward lines are:

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

Defence pairings:

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