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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.7.2016 / 9:49 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves down 2-0 in their WHL Final series with Brandon following a 3-2 loss Saturday night. Both of the losses for Seattle have come in overtime.

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear tallied what would have been the game-winning goal had Seattle been able to hold on. Bear made it 2-1 for the T-Birds at 10:30 of the third, on the power play.

Brandon got the equalizer from Tyler Coulter at 14:40 of the final frame, sending things to overtime.

In OT, Jayce Hawrluk potted the winner for Brandon to put his team up 2-0 as the series shifts to Seattle. Game 3 is Tuesday.

Bear finished Game 2 -2 with a goal. The 18-year-old defenceman, taken 124th overall by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft, has seven goals and 10 assists in 15 post-season games for the Thunderbirds.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.7.2016 / 12:00 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have landed a highly-regarded NCAA free agent, agreeing to terms with forward Drake Caggiula on a two-year, entry-level contract.



Caggiula played four years at the University of North Dakota, scoring 25 goals and adding 26 assists as a senior this year, finishing second in team scoring behind Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser.

The talented and speedy 21-year-old is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound Pickering, ON native who helped UND capture the NCAA title last month, scoring two goals in their 5-1 national championship win over Quinnipiac.

He was an assistant captain with the team and was lauded for his leadership, character and competitiveness.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.6.2016 / 10:28 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear recorded an assist in the Seattle Thunderbirds’ 3-2 overtime loss to Brandon in Game 1 of the WHL Final.

Brandon’s Reid Duke scored at 17:36 of the first on the power play to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Seattle scored shorthanded at 8:55 of the second to tie the game at one.

In the third, Ryan Gropp scored a power-play goal, assisted by Keegan Kolesar and Bear to give Seattle their first lead of the night.

Brandon tied things up shortly after with a goal from Nolan Patrick, which sent the game to overtime.

In OT, Tanner Kaspick scored to lift Brandon to victory and give them a 1-0 series lead.

Bear, taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 16 points (6-10-16) in 14 playoff games for the Thunderbirds.

Game 2 takes place Saturday in Brandon.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.4.2016 / 4:28 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Just call him Captain America. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks will don the “C” as captain for the 2016 United States Men’s National Team for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

This is the second year in a row that Hendricks has earned this honour. He captained the Americans to a bronze finish in 2015.

Columbus’ Nick Foligno and Arizona’s Connor Murphy have been named alternate captains for USA. Hendricks is joined by fellow Oilers winger Patrick Maroon as the two Edmonton representatives for Team USA. In total, eight Oilers players are taking part in the 2016 tournament in Russia, and the preliminary round begins Friday, May 6. We will have full coverage of the tournament on edmontonoilers.com.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.1.2016 / 10:58 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

On Friday, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard stopped 34 of 35 shots in Moncton’s 2-1 win over Royn-Noranda in the QMJHL Semi Final.

The Game 5 win extended the series, with Moncton now trailing the Huskies 3-2. Bouchard’s Wildcats hope to once again stave off elimination this afternoon in Moncton.

Should the Wildcats win, Game 7 is on the road Tuesday evening.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.30.2016 / 6:15 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers now hold the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, following Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery.

Of the 14 teams to miss the playoffs, the Oilers came into the night owning the second best odds at winning the first-overall pick. They had a 13.5% chance.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had the best odds at 20.0% and they secured the first-overall pick. The top 14 is as follows:

1. Maple Leafs
2. Jets
3. Columbus
4. Oilers
5. Canucks
6. Flames
7. Coyotes
8. Sabres
9. Canadiens
10. Avalanche
11. Devils
12. Senators
13. Hurricanes
14. Bruins

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.28.2016 / 11:04 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs.

It was a thriller for Bear and the Thunderbirds Wednesday night. Kelowna had a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Bear and his teammates rallied to tie and send it to overtime. It would take until 7:52 of the second overtime for the game-winning goal to be scored by Matthew Wedman, completing the Western Conference Final series sweep for Seattle. The Thunderbirds outshot the Rockets 76-32 in the 5-4 win.

Bear scored with 1:15 left in the third period to pull Seattle within one, and assisted on the equalizer with 2.7 seconds left, sending the game to overtime. Bear’s third-period goal was his second of the night as he turned in a three-point performance. Bear finished the game with two goals and an assist, and the Seattle blueliner now has 15 points in 13 playoff games.

Seattle advances to the WHL Final, where they will play either Brandon or Red Deer. Brandon leads the Eastern Conference Final series 3-1 with Game 5 on Friday.

Also on Wednesday night, Bouchard put forth a valiant effort in net, however Moncton fell 1-0 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Bouchard made 28 saves on 29 shots in the loss. Moncton falls behind 3-1 in the semi final series and will need a road win on Friday to avoid elimination.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.27.2016 / 10:30 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Two Oilers prospects are participating in the 2016 CHL Playoffs. Defenceman Ethan Bear is skating for Seattle in the WHL Playoffs, while goaltender Keven Bouchard is starting for Moncton in the QMJHL Playoffs.

Bear and the Thunderbirds kept it rolling Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Seattle took a 3-0 series lead over their opponent and will try and close them out on Wednesday.

Bear scored a goal 58 seconds into the third period to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. The defenceman, taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, is second on Seattle in scored with 12 points (4-8-12) points in 12 post-season games.

In the QMJHL, Bouchard made 37 saves as his team fell to Rouyn-Noranda 5-1 in Game 3 of their semi final series. Bouchard and Moncton fall behind 2-1 to the Huskies in the series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.23.2016 / 10:47 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds went up 2-0 in their Western Conference Final series against Kelowna, courtesy of a 3-2 win Saturday night.

Bear, a fifth-round pick in 2015, finished the game with an assist to give him a total of 11 points in 11 games this post-season (3-8-11). The defenceman has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games.

Seattle heads home to host Kelowna for Game 3 on Tuesday.

In the QMJHL, Oilers prospect Keven Bouchard recorded the win in Game 2 of his series. The Moncton Wildcats goaltender stopped 17 shots in a 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda. The bounce-back game for Moncton tied the series at 1-1.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Moncton.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.22.2016 / 10:53 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear recorded an assist on the game’s opening goal as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat Kelowna 2-1 in Game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Final.

Bear passed the puck to Mathew Barzal and the Thunderbirds forward took it toward the net and sniped the game’s opening goal at 18:34 of the second period, on the power play.

Although the Rockets would score at 19:38 of the third, it was too little too late for the home team, and Bear and the visiting ‘Birds were able to hang on and take a 1-0 series lead.

Bear now has 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games this post-season. He was taken 124th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Seattle tries to go up 2-0 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in QMJHL action, Oilers goalie prospect Keven Bouchard suffered a 4-1 loss in his playoff series. The Moncton goalie made 23 saves on 27 shots, however Rouyn-Noranda took Game 1 of the semi-final series. The two teams meet again Saturday.

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