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POSTED ON Thursday, 19.09.2013 / 4:25 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish announces the team has agreed to terms with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a seven-year contract extension.

Later this afternoon, MacTavish and Nugent-Hopkins will address the media. We will have more to come on this breaking story.

The press conference will be streamed LIVE on the Oilers mobile app and edmontonoilers.com.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 14.09.2013 / 2:14 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After playing for a year in Switzerland, Linus Omark makes his return to Rexall Place tonight on a line with Mark Arcobello and Nail Yakupov.

"It's going to be fun to have the Oilers jersey on again. I'm looking forward to the game," said Omark, adding that he felt the year overseas was good for him.

"I got to play a lot. I played big minutes in Switzerland. I needed that because my last year here I broke my ankle and I tried to find my game again and I think I did that there. The NHL has always been my goal so I'm happy to be back."

The winger also talked about what he felt he needed to do to crack the lineup here in Edmonton.

"I have to take it one day at a time and do my best out there, try to show the coaches that I'm a good player and hopefully play good in the games too. (I need to) work hard and play simple, too."

Omark also talked about his linemates for the match-up.

"Arco's a really good centreman and Yakupov has a great shot. We played together a little bit yesterday in the scrimmage and I think it was good. Hopefully we can take another step from that."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 14.09.2013 / 2:09 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Several days into camp, Taylor Hall is starting to find his comfort level playing at centre as the experiment is now well underway.

"The centre position is definitely a lot different from what I've experienced at left wing. Just having the puck in the middle of the ice and being able to create on both sides instead of just on my right side is a bit of a change for me but I felt that in the third period (in the scrimmage yesterday) I made a nice play there," Hall began.

"Even though it's a scrimmage you just kind of build your game as it goes along. I didn't really expect to be lights out to start the experiment but I feel it's going along well and we'll see how it goes tonight."

Associate Coach Keith Acton talked further about Hall moving to centre to open the exhibition campaign.

"I thought yesterday in the scrimmage that he did fine. It's a little bit of an adjustment for him. We're going to do some things that are different as far as defensive play in our own zone and as a centreman normally that's a little different than being a winger," Acton said. "The way we're going to play coming back into our own end, it's not always going to be the centreman that's going to be the low forward. It's the first guy back and he's going to stay the low forward.

"That's not completely foreign to him. He has a certain foundation in that area. It's just that as a centreman there's the odd time that there's a switch where you want to be the guy that's down low instead of a winger if there's an opportunity to switch."

Acton added that face-offs were another consideration.

"He's a strong guy and he gets in good hockey position on the face-offs. He seems to have pretty good technique."

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POSTED ON Friday, 13.09.2013 / 4:15 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are back at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park for the second on-ice session of the 2013-14 season. The feature today is a scrimmage between the two Oilers teams which will be playing the Flames tomorrow (one team in Calgary and one team at Rexall Place in Edmonton).

We will be adding video, audio and stories throughout the day. Follow the listings below for multimedia, blog postings and more.

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POSTED ON Friday, 13.09.2013 / 1:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are getting ready to scrimmage.

Players suiting up for the blue team (who will be playing in Edmonton tomorrow night) include:

FORWARDS

4 Taylor Hall
6 Jesse Joensuu
13 Mike Brown
23 Linus Omark
42 Marco Roy
51 Anton Lander
62 Mark Arcobello
64 Nail Yakupov
66 Ryan Martindale
71 Kyle Platzer
83 Ales Hemsky
94 Ryan Smyth

DEFENCE

19 Justin Schultz
21 Andrew Ference
37 Denis Grebeshkov
74 Darnell Nurse
87 David Musil
88 Brandon Davidson

GOALTENDERS

40 Devan Dubyk
38 Olivier Roy

LINES

94 - 4 - 83
23 - 62 - 64
6 - 51 - 42
71 - 66 - 13

88 - 19
74 - 21
87 - 37

The white team (who will be travelling to Calgary tomorrow):

FORWARDS

14 Jordan Eberle
27 Boyd Gordon
28 Ryan Jones
41 Will Acton
47 Tyler Bilcke
48 Ryan Hamilton
55 Ben Eager
57 David Perron
67 Travis Ewanyk
68 Tyler Pitlick
89 Sam Gagner
96 Greg Chase

DEFENCE

2 Jeff Petry
5 Ladislav Smid
15 Nick Schultz
36 Philip Larsen
80 Martin Marincin
81 Taylor Fedun

GOALTENDERS

1 Jason LaBarbera
30 Richard Bachman

LINES

14 - 89 - 48
57 - 27 - 28
55 - 41 - 68
96 - 67 - 47

5 - 2
15 - 81
80 - 36
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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.09.2013 / 7:55 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers skated at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park for the first on-ice session of the 2013-14 season. The three sessions have now wrapped up.

We will be adding video, audio and stories throughout the day. Follow the listings below for multimedia, blog postings and more.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.09.2013 / 3:43 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It's the first on-ice day of camp so certainly Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is going to be doing some experimentation but some of the line combinations used will spark some interest in Oilers fans.

Ryan Smyth skated on the left side with Taylor Hall at centre and Ales Hemsky on right wing. Ryan Jones flanked Sam Gagner with Jordan Eberle on the right side.

Off-season free agent acquisition Boyd Gordon centered David Perron and Nail Yakupov while Jesse Joensuu skated with Will Acton at centre and Mike Brown on the right side.

What are your thoughts on these early line combinations, Oilers fans?

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.09.2013 / 3:49 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.09.2013 / 12:43 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Edmonton Oilers rookies wrap up their four-game schedule with a game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The game can be seen live on edmontonoilers.com.

The Oilers lineup will be as follows:

Platzer - Petryk - Kessy
Bilcke - Ewanyk - Abney
Miller - Roy - Fyten
Chase - Schaber - Baddock

Davidson - Nurse
Leach - Klefbom
Marincin - Betker

Tyler Bunz gets the start in goal for the Edmonton rookies. The most notable player not suiting up for the Oilers tonight is Jujhar Khaira, who did not skate either.

The University of Alberta features three players who had played with the Edmonton Oil Kings before in Jordan Hickmott, Rhett Rachinski and Drew Nichol. Their lineup is as follows:

Dyck - Ringrose - Lazon
Hickmott - Reddick - Koper
Crooks - Ferguson - Dobrowolski
Nichol - Rachinski - Toomey

Rowley - Carr
Joe - Craige
Limdemulder - Barteaux


Kurtis Mucha, who has attended Oilers camps in the past, gets the start in goal.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 12:35 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers took to the ice for the first time at rookie camp on Thursday morning in preparation for today's contest against the Flames rookies.

Here were today's line combinations:

Marco Roy - Andrew Miller - Kale Kessy
Austin Fyten - Jujhar Khaira - Greg Chase
Jackson Houck - Travis Ewanyk - Cam Abney
Brandon Baddock - Chase Schaber - Ty Bilcke

And the defence pairings, with no indication of which pairing will be sitting this one out:

Darnell Nurse - Oscar Klefbom
Martin Gernat - David Musil
Brandon Davidson - Joey Leach
Martin Marincin - Ben Betker

Tyler Bunz gets the start in goal.
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