INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Thursday, 27.03.2014 / 1:11 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Jones returns to practice today while Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov and Viktor Fasth remain absent.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.03.2014 / 6:45 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.03.2014 / 6:34 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned goaltender Frans Tuohimaa to the Oklahoma City Barons, General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today.

The goalie prospect comes to North America from Finland.

Tuohimaa has played in 19 games for HPK Liiga, posting a 3.12 GAA and .894 save percentage. He also has a 2.52 GAA and .925 save percentage in five games for Sport Mestis.

He was the 182nd overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and signed a two-year entry level contract with the club in 2013.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.03.2014 / 5:31 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke with the media after practice on Wednesday and provided his update on a few of the injuries to his players.

Goalie Viktor Fasth remains out with a neck injury and Eakins says he is now ‘day-to-day’. He also provided an update on Nail Yakupov (ankle) who should begin skating soon.

“We’re treating it as day-to-day right now,” Eakins said. “Everything seems to be going smoothly so he’s day-to-day. Who else do we got? (Yakupov) is end of the week, probably skating. Belov is good to go.”

Eakins calls Fasth’s injury a sprained neck with a headache.

“Sprained neck, headache so now you get into well which one is it, and until we know which one it is we’ll just stick with ‘we’re not sure’.”

With Fasth out, the Oilers recalled rookie goalie Laurent Brossoit from the Oklahoma City Barons. The Oilers are optimistic his services won’t be needed but depending on Fasth’s progression, Brossoit’s first action would most likely not be until the Oilers play a back-to-back series of games.

“Depending on Viktor, I’d probably just keep running with Ben,” Eakins said. “I haven’t put a whole lot of thought into it because I expect Viktor to be coming back into it. But the answer to your question is, I would probably run Ben until we got to the back-to-back then give the kid a shot.”

The Oilers next back-to-back is April 1-2, in San Jose and Anaheim.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.03.2014 / 4:14 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Former Oiler Steve Staios will serve as the Hockey Canada management staff’s director of player development for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Staios will ‘assist the management group and coaching staff on ice, in addition to working on player development, evaluation and recruitment' according to Hockey Canada’s website.

Staios played with the Oilers from 2001-2010. He played in over 570 games with Edmonton.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 26.03.2014 / 1:08 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are back on the ice for practice this morning with a few non-participants.

Nail Yakupov (ankle), Viktor Fasth (Neck), Sam Gagner and Ryan Jones are not on the ice at the start of practice.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.03.2014 / 6:29 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Oklahoma City Barons on an emergency basis.

Brossoit, 21, was acquired in a trade on November 8, from the Calgary Flames. Since then, Brossoit has had a superb rookie professional season in the ECHL.

With the Bakersfield Condors, Brossoit has a 2.20 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and a record of 19-9-2. He went 2-0-0 with the Alaska Aces prior to the trade. He leads the ECHL in shutouts with seven.

He is a three-time CCM/ECHL Goalie of the Week this season.

Brossoit has played eight games with the Barons in the American Hockey League this season, posting a 3.60 GAA and .888 save percentage.

The recall comes after Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth was injured Monday morning in practice with a possible sprained neck.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.03.2014 / 4:28 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 24.03.2014 / 4:26 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It was a scary moment at Oilers practice on Monday as Viktor Fasth collided with Anton Lander during a rush. Fasth remained still on the ice for quite some time while being attended to by the team’s training staff.

The response by the staff was quick and after several minutes of attention, Fasth was up and being helped off the ice. Despite appearing woozy on his skate off the ice, it is not believed to be a concussion per Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

“I didn’t see it,” Eakins said. “He got driven into the net off a rush and banged his head. He wasn’t concussed or anything but I guess sprained his neck. He’s going to go see the docs and if we have to call someone up, we will.”

The two options in Oklahoma City currently are Richard Bachman and Laurent Brossoit. Bachman has played in 42 games with OKC, posting a 20-17-4 record and a 3.08 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Brossoit, 21, has had a stellar ECHL campaign but has played just eight games with the Barons, recording a 3.60 GAA and .888 save percentage.

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.03.2014 / 4:25 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ben Scrivens set an NHL record the last time the Oilers and San Jose Sharks squared off. He made 59 saves in a 3-0 shootout win for Edmonton, in one of the most impressive goaltending performances in the history of the franchise.

Scrivens says that game was more of an anomaly than anything else, citing ‘puck luck’ as a factor in games like that.

“I look at it as a bit of an outlier, an anomaly,” the goalie said. “You can juxtapose it with the last game. Two shots are going wide and they end up in the back of the net. Whereas that game everything just hit me, two posts and nothing was going in. I said it after the last game, a lot of luck goes into it. The guys played well but, by no means, is that repeatable. Same thing with the last game, that’s just the other end of the spectrum. Those bounces always even out. If you have two posts that go post and out, you know that at some point you’re going to have a couple of them that go post and in. That’s how hockey works, it’s all cyclical. You don’t get too high after the last game and we’ve got to make sure we don’t get too low after our recent game.”

Scrivens says the Sharks are just a good team overall and he doesn’t expect them to come out tomorrow night seeking vengeance for the last game.

“I think they’re a good team. I don’t think that they’re going to try any harder to win because of the last game. I think they’re a good team and they try to win every game. We have to come out and try and match that and get back to playing the way we were on that pretty good run we had and just get back to our good habits and have some onus on ourselves to play the right way.”

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