The Edmonton Oilers announced today that winger Luke Gazdic is undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury this week. As a result, he will be out for the next six months.
Luke Gazdic will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery this week and will be sidelined approximately six months.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 31, 2014
The Oilers announced today that they have signed free agent college defenceman Jordan Oesterle from the University of Western Michigan.
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.
Brossoit, 21, has split time this season between the Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors (ECHL), since being acquired from the Calgary Flames on November 8th.
The Surrey, British Columbia native has appeared in eight games with the Barons, posting a 2-5-0 record, including a 3.60 goals against average and a .888 save percentage.
The Edmonton Oilers held an optional skate on Saturday morning in which many faces were absent. Head Coach Dallas Eakins says the team is trying to give their players, who are banged up, some rest.
“Exactly and mostly guys banged up where we just thought it was better to keep most of the guys off the ice, put a few guys on and go from there,” Eakins said. “We’ve got a ton of guys right now that are banged up and some guys that have been playing big minutes and we’ve got to do our best to get them ready for the games.”
“Pitlick took a shot through his pads, on the knee. There’s nothing in the x-ray so we’re fairly confident he should be able to suck it up and play and Jones is out for the season. He’s got a torn PCL, which I don’t know much about but it’s in his knee.”
Fasth skated this morning and appears to be nearing a return from his sprained neck.
“Viktor is progressing and that’s good news. But there’s never a timeline on that other than he came off the ice yesterday and was good, today he’s had another good day so that all looks very well going forward.”
Nail Yakupov (ankle) also skated and, although it’s a good sign, he needs some more time to heal.
“He’s been out just over a week so he’s going to need some practices for sure but I know he still has some discomfort in there.”
The Oilers do not plan on recalling anyone from Oklahoma City, according to Eakins, and will dress defenceman Philip Larsen in Jones’ place.
#Oilers Fasth (neck) is on the ice this morning.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) March 29, 2014
Optional skate for #Oilers this morning. Only the three goalies, Belov, Klefbom, Fraser, Yakupov, Gazdic & Larsen on the ice.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) March 29, 2014
Oilers 20-year-old rookie defenceman Oscar Klefbom had a good day. He moved up the depth chart to be paired with Justin Schultz, the Oilers beat the Anaheim Ducks and he scored his first National Hockey League goal.
It was a lot for the rookie to process and he says that he can’t really remember the goal when it happened.
“It’s a lot of emotions right now,” Klefbom said. “I don’t remember the goal even, it’s just like a blackout. It will take a little bit of time to sink in of course but it was very fun to do it tonight when we won a game like this too. It feels amazing.”
Klefbom played 16:40 tonight and finished the game with two shots on goal.
Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins had nothing but good things to say about his goaltender tonight as Ben Scrivens made 48 saves on 51 shots, leading his team to a 4-3 overtime win.
What made Scrivens’ performance even better for Eakins was how, even though he allowed a goal just 35 seconds into the game, the goalie battled through ice that seemed off and posted a great performance.
“The ice tonight seemed to be off a little bit, at least from my vantage point,” Eakins said. “The way both of the teams were moving the puck, that puck was bouncing all over the place tonight for some reason and I thought that was part of it back there for Ben. I’ve just seen Ben do it so many times. I’ve got a great history with this young man and that’ s Ben. If it’s not great right off the bat, he finds a way to battle through it and settle in. Again, I loved his leadership with our bench on the timeouts, always talking. Massive reason why we’re able to grab those points.”
Rookie defenceman Oscar Klefbom scored his first National Hockey League goal tonight and he continues to get better and show more confidence on the ice, just nine games in to his NHL career.
“I think that’s exactly what it is,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “You hit it right on the head perfectly. He’s settling in to his own skin and he’s getting to know the guys. Once you play against those big players, again tonight he’s out there against the two big boys so now the next game, it’s oh hey who do they have? Well, I already played against Getzlaf and Perry. It turns into a little bit of a numbing effect for him. I like how he settled in. He’s learning lots in the short amount of games we have left.”