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POSTED ON Monday, 12.29.2014 / 10:02 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have claimed winger Matt Fraser off waivers from the Boston Bruins and have placed forward Steve Pinizzotto on waivers.

Fraser, 24, has registered three goals and seven penalty minutes in 24 games with the Boston Bruins this season.

The 6’1”, 204-pound forward has appeared in 51 career NHL games, recording eight points (6G, 2A) and 17 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in four playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A).

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 5:37 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 4:26 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have taken the ice at Rexall Place for practice.

Forward Line Combinations:

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

Matt Hendricks is not on the ice.

Defensive Pairings:

Klefbom-Fayne
Ference-Petry
Hunt-Schultz
Aulie-Nikitin

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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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