BLOGS & FEATURES
- FUTURE WATCH: Laurent Brossoit
- FEATURE: Pouliot, McDavid & Eberle have productive debut as a line
- BLOG: Wednesday Updates from Leduc
- BLOG: Gazdic placed on waivers
- PRACTICE | On the Road Again
- PRACTICE RAW | Connor McDavid
- PRACTICE RAW | Justin Schultz
- PRACTICE RAW | Teddy Purcell
- PRACTICE RAW | Todd McLellan
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.
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:
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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- PRACTICE RAW | Todd McLellan
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.
“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.”
The Oilers have hit the ice at Rexall Place for their first post-All-Star break practice.
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.
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.
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.”
One of the more interesting storylines of the day was the three-man unit that Pacific Division head coach Darryl Sutter designed which had Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano and Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau skating with Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
“It’s funny that Darryl put us together. Two great players," said Hall after the game. "Gaudreau makes everyone around him better and Giordano was just as competitive as a real game. It was a lot of fun playing with those guys. To score a couple goals in an all-star game was pretty cool.”
Hall had two goals and an assist while Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two helpers. Gaudreau also enjoyed playing with Hall.
“It was cool. We get to play against each other all the time with the Battle of Alberta and how exciting that is. It’s just nice to have him on our side for once because you can see how skilled he is,” said Gaudreau.
Mark Giordano had an assist as well as the third man on the unit. He talked about Hall and Gaudreau playing together.
“It was pretty impressive how much chemistry him and Johnny seemed to have right from the first shift. I don’t know how the fans reacted to it back home but it was pretty cool for tonight, to get the win.”