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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.07.2014 / 7:03 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

JASPER, AB - Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins is in Jasper with the team’s prospects for Orientation Camp. His goal for this camp isn’t so much with tutoring the players on the ice as it is to get to know the new and young faces in the organization. He didn’t participate Thursday morning in the on-ice session, as Oklahoma City Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson and Oilers Sr. Director of Player Development Rick Carriere appear to be running the drills.

“I like that we’ve pulled back and they’re not on the ice every day,” Eakins said. “Some of these guys have been off the ice for a long time and it is unfair to judge them on the ice right now because some of them haven’t skated at all. For me, it’s more to come in and start those relationships with these players. Not all of these guys will make the NHL but hopefully a lot of them do. I think it’s important for me to be around and, more or less, it’s about me talking and getting to know them and starting those relationships because hopefully these are going to be very fruitful ones down the road.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.07.2014 / 1:31 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers today announced jersey numbers for July 1 acquisitions Mark Fayne and Benoit Pouliot. They also announced that Nail Yakupov will be switching from number 64 to number 10. Teddy Purcell, acquired in a trade on June 29, will wear number 16. Pouliot will wear 67 and Fayne will wear 5. 

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.07.2014 / 2:55 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers


The Oilers have made some changes to their July Rookie Development Camp. It has switched over from a camp for learning and on-ice tutoring to more of an orientation camp where the young future of the Oilers get to know one another and learn what it takes to be a pro.

“We don’t do as much of the on ice curriculum that we have followed in the past,” Oilers Sr. Director of Player Development Rick Carriere said. “It’s more of the culture of the Oilers and the things that we feel are really important to have going away from the camp. That’s 2-3 fundamentals and some cultural things that we feel are really important.”

Carriere added, “We’re downsizing the on-ice part a little bit and emphasize the team building. We’re going to do some activities there. We have a golf tournament, we’re going to be biking around Jasper together and the guys are going to enjoy their time there. Part of the real focus off the ice is strength and conditioning this year.”

It seems like the players are excited for the change. Mitch Moroz, the Oilers second round pick in 2012, says the switch is beneficial and leads to more fun.

“It’s going to be more fun,” Moroz said. “I think they’re trying to let the guys enjoy it more. The last few years there has been a lot of teaching and a lot of work. It’s kind of strenuous in the middle of the summer to put guys through 7 or 8 days on the ice consistently. Guys are going hard so you don’t want to see guys getting hurt, especially at the beginning of July. It’s not a real evaluation camp, it’s orientation. They’ll save the evaluation for September. It’s a chance for guys to come in and feel things out and enjoy it.”

One of the headliner attendees of the camp is this year’s third overall pick, Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers new centre is looking forward to getting to know his potential future teammates.

“I think it’s more about the orientation camp,” Draisaitl said.” That’s what it is called and that’s what is about, getting to know the guys and getting to know the players, get to know the people we’re working with and so I think it’s more of getting to know the players.”

This year’s camp will be held in Jasper and will consist of on-ice and off-ice workouts with some team building as well. The final day of Orientation Camp will see the prospects face off in the second annual Billy Moores Cup at Jasper Arena.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.07.2014 / 1:52 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Bakersfield Condors head coach Troy Mann took a job today with the AHL's Hershey Bears (affiliate of the Washington Capitals) as head coach.

Condors Press Release:

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that Head Coach Troy Mann is leaving the team to accept the head coaching position in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hershey Bears. Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals.

Mann, 44, earns the promotion after a memorable lone season at the helm of the Condors, posting a 36-30-0-6 record and taking the team into the conference finals for the first time in team history. The Condors went 35-20-0-5 after Thanksgiving to overcome a poor start and post one of the best records in the league for the rest of the season.

The New Brunswick native returns to the AHL, this time as the head coach of the team with which he spent four campaigns, from 2009-13. Mann was an assistant coach with the Bears during that time, winning a Calder Cup in 2010 and helping the club post 180 victories in four seasons.

The 2013-14 Condors season was the first as a head coach for Mann since 2007-08, when he coached the Columbia Inferno. In each of his last two seasons as a head coach, he has guided his ECHL clubs into the third round of the playoffs. He was the first Condors head coach to have played for the team, having spent part of the 2000-01 season with the team.

What Troy says:

"Thank you to Jonathon Fleisig, the Edmonton Oilers, Matt Riley, John Olver and the entire Condors staff for providing me with the opportunity to work in Condorstown. It has been a pleasure to be a part of one of the premier organizations in the ECHL. It is bittersweet to depart, but this is an opportunity that I have been working towards my entire coaching career. I wish the organization nothing but the best moving forward."

What Matthew Riley says:

"Troy is on the fast track. He is a great coach and a great person. We wish we could have had him here longer of course, but we're grateful we could be a part of his journey, and in just one season he has had a tremendous impact on our organization. We wish him and Lori all the best.

"Moving forward," Riley continued, "with the Oilers at the helm, we feel very strongly that we will have a number of good candidates, and ultimately a terrific head coach."

Mann has departed for Pennsylvania and will be introduced formally as head coach of the Bears on Thursday. He will be available to Bakersfield media the week of July 14. Details on a press event that week will be announced at a later date.


Former Oklahoma City Barons captain Bryan Helmer was named as the assistant coach. You can read more here on the Hershey Bears website or here on the Bakersfield Condors site.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 4:26 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 4:25 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have agreed to terms with left winger Luke Gazdic on a two-year contract.

Gazdic, 24, recorded four points (2G, 2A) and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games last season. His 15 fighting majors tied him for third in the NHL. Gazdic also scored his first National Hockey League goal on his first shift, in his first NHL game on October 1st, 2013 against the Winnipeg Jets.

The 6’3”, 240-pound forward spent four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, prior to joining the Oilers in 2013-14. Gazdic posted 55 points (27G, 28A) and 447 penalty minutes in 256 AHL games.

Gazdic was Dallas’ 6th round selection, 172nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 4:01 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

A scary situation led a young Keith Aulie to heroics. Aulie had to pull his trapped father out of icy waters on a December day a few years ago.

Watch this video on the Oilers free agent signing.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 1:24 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with 6-foot-6, 228 pound defenceman Keith Aulie on a one-year contract.

Aulie was the 116th overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames. He has played 136 NHL games in his career, scoring 13 points (4-9-13).

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 12:25 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have signed winger Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal.

“Edmonton was really interested in me and I was interested in them,” Pouliot said on TSN. “It didn’t take long to get the deal done.”

Pouliot, 27, spent last season with the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers and scored 36 points (15-21-36) in 80 games. In the playoffs, Pouliot added 10 points (5-5-10) in 25 games.

Pouliot was the fourth overall pick in 2005. He has played 371 career regular season games in the NHL with 160 points (76-84-160).

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 12:24 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have signed defenceman Mark Fayne to a four-year contract.

Fayne, 27, was the 155th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. In 242 career NHL games, Fayne has 48 points (13-35-48) and 99 penalty minutes.

Last season Fayne played 72 games for the Devils and had 11 points (4-7-11) and 30 penalty minutes.

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