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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:51 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers have named the team's two alternate captains for the 2014-15 season:
  • Jordan Eberle
  • Taylor Hall
Eberle and Hall will serve as full-time alternate captains for the team.

Read more in the Oilers Press Release.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:47 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are practicing the power play, with the same units as Sunday with the exception of Will Acton in place of Benoit Pouliot on the first power play unit in front of the net. Skating with Acton is Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Schultz.

On the second unit: David Perron, Leon Draisaitl, Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov and Brad Hunt.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2014 / 1:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place today. On defence, Nikita Nikitin is back skating with the team and taking a regular rotation:

The forward units are coloured for power play and Benoit Pouliot is currently not on the ice. Check back for further updates.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.10.2014 / 5:23 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The newest announced tenant for the Edmonton Arena District will be Delta Hotels and Resorts.

“Today we are here to announce the development of a 50-plus storey tower that will feature a fantastic new 362-room, four star hotel and over 200 luxury condominiums,” said Daryl Katz, chairman of the Katz Group of Companies.

Click HERE to read more on RogersPlace.com

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.10.2014 / 12:16 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Keith Aulie, Anton Lander, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick have cleared waivers. They have been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 7:19 PM
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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 7:17 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Selected third-overall in this year’s draft, Leon Draisaitl is set to begin his rookie season in Edmonton. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke on Sunday about what he expects from Draisaitl and what his observations were of the 18-year-old.

“I think his size, he’s not going to get pushed around on the ice, that’s for sure,” Eakins said. “The other thing was his ability to make NHL plays and seem calm to do it. I think he showed us all flashes of what he’s capable of. The challenge for a player coming out of junior is to be able to do it every night. That should be part of the process for him, but that should be his goal that he’s going to have a positive impact on the game every night. Is he going to have hiccups along the way? Absolutely. He’s a teenager. We’re ready to help him right away and, in the end, he was better than our other options right now.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 7:16 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Tyler Pitlick had some successful moments this pre-season. He had a game-changing shift at Winnipeg, he earned time with skilled players like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and a big check by the winger knocked Bo Horvat out of the game against the Canucks and turned up the intensity.

But the Oilers placed Pitlick on waivers Sunday morning, with the purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City.

The decision is a risk, but one that MacTavish says the team was willing to make when they went through their personnel for the opening night roster. Pitlick was joined by Steve Pinizzotto, Keith Aulie and Anton Lander on waivers.

“I think we can debate on the effectiveness of Tyler Pitlick,” MacTavish said. “I think Tyler is at a position right now that we wish he would have been at a year or a year and a half ago. He’s turned himself into a professional. I think that it ended up with Tyler, as well as Pinizzotto, were two difficult decisions. It got down to a positional bias and I thought the 13th forward here would be best served by being a centreman and it was a risk I was willing to take.”

Will Acton is currently the 13th forward the Oilers elected to keep. The team stressed that the moves were not permanent, with the evaluation process ongoing.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 7:15 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It was a bit of a surprise to see Martin Marincin’s name on the list of players assigned to Oklahoma City this morning. The 22-year-old played 44 games with the Oilers last season and, at times, was arguably the team’s best defenceman.

But Marincin struggled to hit his stride in camp and that, coupled with the club wanting to give Darnell Nurse and Brad Hunt their earned opportunity, led to the Oilers making a tough decision.

“I think, throughout training camp, there was a lot of competition for defencemen and I think you’re looking at different areas of strength and a bit of a different mix than having Marty,” General Manager Craig MacTavish said. “Marty is very good and played very well for us last year. Sending Marty down was one of those difficult decisions. It’s not a decision we can’t unwind in a very short period of time. I think, from my perspective, the decision was at what point do we give Brad Hunt the opportunity? At what point do we keep Darnell here and give him some games to see where his development is.

“I think we can all agree that Darnell is just going to continue to get better and better with this experience. Brad Hunt is a guy that we all like for his ability to provide offence. Does Marty Marincin do some things better than Brad Hunt? Absolutely. But Brad Hunt definitely does some things that can help us in an area of need. That’s difficult for Marty, but it is his third year of his entry level deal, it’s the last year that we have to try and test-drive a couple of other players before we have to make a clear decision, because quite clearly if we were going to have to put Marty on waivers we likely would have lost him.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 1:59 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish addressed media regarding Sunday's roster moves, which reduced the team by eight players.

You can watch the MacTavish press conference below:

Dallas Eakins will be also speaking shortly. You can watch it live on YouTube below:

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