INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 3:37 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers held their annual Skills Competition on Sunday. Team White took down Team Blue by a score of 19-12. It was the three-on-three game at the end of the event that helped White run away with the competition, with them scoring seven goals over two six-minute periods.

Things started off with White taking a 3-2 lead through two races in the puck control relay. Jordan Eberle edged Leon Draisaitl one-on-one to give White the point for the individual portion.

Draisaitl had the last laugh, winning fastest skater with a time of 14.537.

Then came the hardest shot competition. Team Blue’s Russian defenceman Nikita Nikitin hammered a shot that went 101.1 mph. Luke Gazdic, who won last year, was clocked at 100.9 and 100.7 mph for Team Blue.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Perron each went 4-for-4 on the shooting accuracy trial. Both skated for Team White.

The Oilers rounded things out with a 3-on-1 event and king of the shootout competition, before finishing the day with the three-on-three game.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.22.2014 / 5:05 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 12.22.2014 / 11:06 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken the ice for practice at Rexall Place. The lines are as follows:

Hall-RNH-Purcell
Perron-Gordon-Eberle
Yakupov-Draisaitl-Pitlick
Hendricks-Arcobello-Pinizzotto (Gazdic)

Defensive Pairings:

Ference-Petry
Klefbom-Fayne
Hunt-Schultz
Aulie, Nikitin (back)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 7:33 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers have assigned forward Anton Lander to the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League. Lander played 16:37 in his season debut for the Oilers. He finished the game -2 with six shots, four hits and was 69% in the faceoff dot. He missed a shootout attempt.

“I thought he played well,” Oilers interim coach Todd Nelson said. “He put some pucks on the net, he was pretty good in the faceoff dot and I thought he felt pretty comfortable out there tonight.”

Lander returns to an OKC team where he is not only the captain, but one of the top scorers. In 26 games, Lander has 27 points (8-19-27).
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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 2:34 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 1:51 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Two Oilers have changed their jersey numbers.

Tyler Pitlick will now wear number 15. Brad Hunt has switched to 24.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:27 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken to the ice at Rexall Place for practice. Freshly recalled Anton Lander could see some work on the power play.

Power Play Units:

Hall-RNH-Eberle-Purcell-Hunt and Perron-Lander-Yakupov-Schultz-Petry

The team is working on zone entry.

Nikitin (back) is skating with the team.

Forward Lines:

Hall-RNH-Purcell

Perron-Gordon-Eberle

Yakupov-Lander-Pitlick

Hendricks-Arcobello-Pinizzotto

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 11:27 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers top defensive prospect Darnell Nurse, the seventh overall pick in 2013, has been named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Nurse has played 19 games for Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL this season, registering 19 points (6-13-19) and 34 penalty minutes.

The World Junior Championship will take place from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015 in Toronto and Montreal.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 2:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled centre Anton Lander from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Lander, 23, has registered 27 points (8G, 19A), 16 penalty minutes and a plus five rating in 26 games with the Barons this season.

The 6’0”, 186-pound centre has appeared in 94 career NHL games with the Oilers, posting eight points (2G, 6A) and 18 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 11:39 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken to the ice in San Jose for practice. The lineup remains unchanged.

Forward Lines:

Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Purcell
Perron-Gordon-Eberle
Yakupov-Draisaitl-Pitlick
Hendricks-Arcobello-Pinizzotto

Defensive Pairings:

Ference-Petry
Klefbom-Fayne
Hunt-Schultz

Davidson has been assigned to Oklahoma City.

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