INSIDE THE OILERS
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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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.2.2016 / 7:30 AM 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.

Team Finland has announced its first 16 players on their World Cup of Hockey roster. Oilers winger Lauri Korpikoski has made the list.

The Turku, Finland native has played 54 games for the Oilers this season, scoring six goals and adding nine assists.

Korpikoski, 29, has represented his country at various levels, including World Junior U-18s, World Junior Championships, World Championships and even the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Korpikoski has two bronze medals with Finland, at the 2006 World Juniors and in Sochi.

The winger was originally selected 19th overall in 2004 by the New York Rangers. Edmonton acquired him from Arizona on June 30, 2015 in exchange for Boyd Gordon.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.1.2016 / 11:15 AM MT

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 12 assists and 17 points in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February.

McDavid edged Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere (4-9—13 in 15 GP), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (5-6—11 in 9 GP) and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (7-3-2, 2.46 GAA, .922 SV%) for the honor.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, registered at least one point in 10 of his 14 February appearances. That included 1-2—3 in his return from a 37-game absence Feb. 2 vs. CBJ and 2-3—5 – career highs for assists and points – Feb. 11 vs. TOR. At 19 years, 29 days, McDavid became the ninth-youngest player in NHL history to record a five-point game and just the third rookie in Oilers history to accomplish that feat (also Dave Lumley and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins).

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (10-19—29 in 27 GP). He also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7—12 in 12 GP).

McDavid in February
 
Date                Opponent                   G         A         PTS     Result
Feb. 2              COLUMBUS               1          2          3          5-1 win           
Feb. 4              at Ottawa                    0          2          2          7-2 win
Feb. 6              at Montreal                  0          0          0          5-1 loss
Feb. 7              at NY Islanders           1          0          1          8-1 loss
Feb. 9              at New Jersey             0          1          1          2-1 loss
Feb. 11            TORONTO                 2          3          5          5-2 win
Feb. 13            WINNIPEG                 0          0          0          2-1 loss (SO)
Feb. 16            ANAHEIM                   0          1          1          5-3 loss
Feb. 18            MINNESOTA              1          0          1          5-2 loss
Feb. 20            COLORADO              0          1          1          3-2 loss
Feb. 23            OTTAWA                    0          1          1          4-1 loss
Feb. 25            at Los Angeles            0          0          0          2-1 loss
Feb. 26            at Anaheim                  0          0          0          2-1 loss (OT)
Feb. 28            NY ISLANDERS         0          1          1          3-1 win
Total                                                   5          12        17        4-8-2
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 9:03 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It was a late-in-the-game trade that Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli teased the media with, just as the NHL Trade Deadline came to a close.

“We have one trade in the queue, I just can’t comment on it,” he said.

After the dotted lines were signed and the formalities ironed out, the Oilers announced they had traded prospect Martin Gernat and a 2016 fourth-round pick to acquire Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

“I didn’t expect it at all, I didn’t see it coming,” said Maroon. “But it’s a business and it happens. I’m given the opportunity to play in the NHL and I’m excited to start a new journey with the Edmonton Oilers.”

That journey will begin tomorrow morning when he catches his flight to meet the team in Buffalo for their game against the Sabres.

Maroon said that he’s looking forward to building a new rapport with the Edmonton team, eager to be building new relationships off the ice to help with the performance on it.

“I think chemistry off the ice helps with playing with certain guys,” he said. “I’ll be playing with different guys here so it’s going to be different going into that. I’m just really excited to play with new faces and hopefully I start off on the right foot and hopefully there’s chemistry right away, whoever I play with.

“I’m a big power forward… I have pretty good hands, pretty good down low and I bring a big physical game. I just want to come in and provide with anything, if it’s scoring or just being a big presence, just try to get a good name for myself.”

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