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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.1.2015 / 5:52 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Leon Draisaitl met with the media following the first day on-ice at Oilers Orientation Camp Wednesday and the first question he was asked was about his newest teammate, Connor McDavid.

"I've known him for about 24 hours now so there's not much I can say," Draisaitl remarked. "All I can say is he seems like a very nice, very humble guy and obviously everybody knows what he's capable of on the ice. He's a special guy and I think the whole organization should be very excited about him."

Draisaitl was also excited about some of the moves the Oilers have made in the past week, bringing in defencemen Eric Gryba, Andrej Sekera and Griffin Reinhart, goaltender Cam Talbot and forwards Lauri Korpikoski and Mark Letestu.

"It's pretty hard to miss those acquisitions and trades we've made. I think it's good. We're doing the right moves and now it's time to get ready for the season."

As for himself, the goal hasn't changed for Draisiatl as he looks to make the team next season. Being his second Orientation Camp, however, he is taking on a bigger role within the group.

"I have to try and take more leadership than I did last year. Obviously, it's my second year but at the same time I'm coming in with the same mindset as I did last year. I want to be here and I want to play on this team. It's going to be the same mindset as last year."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.1.2015 / 11:13 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Mark Letestu Interview & Highlights | Mark Letestu Interview on 630 CHED

The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent centre Mark Letestu on a three-year contract.

Letestu, 30, has played 318 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Elk Point, AB native has 127 points (58-69-127) in his career and has played 17 playoff games, recording a goal and three assists.

In 2014-15, Letestu posted 13 points (7-6-13) in 54 games for the Blue Jackets. His best NHL season came in 2013-14 when he scored 12 goals and added 22 assists for a career high 34 points.

He was 52.9% on faceoffs this past season.

Letestu played college hockey at Western Michigan University for one season before going pro.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.1.2015 / 11:13 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent defenceman Andrej Sekera on a six-year contract.

Sekera, 29, is a 486-game NHL veteran. He has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings since joining the league as a third-round pick (71st overall) in 2004.

Sekera has 159 points (31-128-159) in his NHL career. In 2014-15, Sekera played 57 games for the Hurricanes, scoring two goals and adding 17 assists. He was traded to Los Angeles on February 25, and played 16 games, scoring a goal and adding three assists.

His best NHL production, point-wise, came in 2013-14 when he recorded 44 points (11-33-44) in 74 games for Carolina.

He is a 6-foot-0, 201-pound native of Slovakia. He represented his country at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 6:30 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have announced they have traded centre Boyd Gordon to the Arizona Coyotes, in exchange for winger Lauri Korpikoski.



Korpikoski, 28, is a left winger from Finland. He was taken 19th overall in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward has played in 469 NHL games over the course of his career and has recorded 68 goals, 91 assists and 112 penalty minutes. He has played 30 NHL playoff games, scoring two goals and adding three assists.

In 2014-15, Korpikoski scored six goals and added 15 assists for 21 points in 69 games with Arizona.

Gordon returns to the Coyotes where he played from 2011-2013.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2002-2003 TPS Turku U18-Fin-U18 21 7 4 11 10
2003-2004 TPS Turku U18-Fin-U18
2003-2004 TPS Turku Jr.-Fin-Jr. 36 12 8 20 20
2003-2004 Finland-WJ18-A 6 5 6 11 2
2004-2005 TPS Turku Jr.-Fin-Jr. 3 3 0 3 0
2004-2005 TPS Turku-Finland 41 0 6 6 12
2004-2005 Finland-WJC-A 5 2 0 2 6
2005-2006 TPS Turku Jr.-Fin-Jr. 1 1 0 1 2
2005-2006 Suomi U20-Finland-2 3 1 3 4 0
2005-2006 TPS Turku-Finland 51 3 4 7 16
2005-2006 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 5 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
2005-2006 Finland-WJC-A 7 1 5 6 4
2006-2007 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 78 11 27 38 8 23 3 1 2
2007-2008 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 79 23 27 50 20 71 6 2
2008-2009 Rangers 68 6 8 14 -10 14 0 0 1 63 9.5
2008-2009 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 4 4 2 6 7 0 1 0 1
2009-2010 Coyotes 71 5 6 11 -10 16 0 0 1 68 7.4
2009-2010 Finland-WC-A 7 0 0 0 0
2010-2011 Coyotes 79 19 21 40 17 20 0 2 4 103 18.4
2011-2012 Coyotes 82 17 20 37 3 14 0 3 3 146 11.6
2012-2013 Coyotes 36 6 5 11 -3 12 1 0 0 83 7.2
2012-2013 TPS Turku-Finland 11 6 11 17 10
2012-2013 Finland-WC-A 8 3 2 5 1 4 1 0 0
2013-2014 Coyotes 64 9 16 25 -7 24 1 0 0 109 8.3
2013-2014 Finland-Olympics 6 2 2 4 3 2 0 0 1 11
2014-2015 Coyotes 69 6 15 21 -27 12 5 0 1 82 7.3
NHL Totals 469 68 91 159 -37 112 7 5 10 654 10.4
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2003-2004 TPS Turku U18-Fin-U18 4 5 3 8 0 16
2003-2004 TPS Turku Jr.-Fin-Jr. 4 0 2 2 0 4 0 0.0
2004-2005 TPS Turku-Finland 6 1 0 1 0 0
2005-2006 TPS Turku Jr.-Fin-Jr. 0 0 0.0
2005-2006 TPS Turku-Finland 2 0 1 1 0
2005-2006 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 11 1 0 1 -4 2 1 0 0
2006-2007 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 7 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0
2007-2008 Rangers 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0
2007-2008 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 5 1 1 2 -5 0 0 0
2008-2009 Rangers 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0
2009-2010 Coyotes 7 1 0 1 -4 2 0 1 0 4 25.0
2010-2011 Coyotes 4 0 1 1 -6 2 0 0 0 3 0.0
2011-2012 Coyotes 11 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 0 13 0.0
NHL Totals 30 2 3 5 -12 6 0 1 0 27 7.4

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.29.2015 / 4:33 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today the club has issued qualifying offers to defencemen Brandon Davidson and Justin Schultz, as well as winger Tyler Pitlick.

Schultz, 24, is the most experienced of the three. He has played 203 NHL games, recording 91 points (25-66-91), for the Oilers since the 2012-13 season. In 2014-15, Schultz played 81 games, posting six goals, 25 assists, 12 penalty minutes and a -17 rating.

Davidson, 23, was taken 162nd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut this past season on December 10, 2014. He scored his first NHL goal on March 30, 2015. Davidson played 55 games this season for the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League, recording 10 points (4-6-10) and 43 penalty minutes and a +10 rating.

Pitlick, 23, played 17 NHL games this season, scoring two goals. He has played 27 NHL games in his career since being taken 31st overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He had nine points (3-6-9) in 14 AHL games this season with the Barons.

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.29.2015 / 4:24 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Former Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pronger joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley as the four players in the Class of 2015.

On August 2, 2005, Pronger was traded to Edmonton for Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka.

Pronger played just one season for the Oilers in 2005-06, recording 56 points (12-44-56) and 74 penalty minutes. In the Oilers ’06 Cup run, Pronger posted 21 points (5-16-21) in 24 games.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound defenceman has played 1,167 NHL games in his career for the Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers. Pronger won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Pronger, 40, won the 1997 World Championship with Canada. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won gold at the 1993 World Junior Championship.

Pronger was a workhorse, averaging more than 30 minutes per game in two seasons with the Blues and more than 25 minutes per game every season from 1998-99 to 2009-10.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 5:03 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers made Caleb Jones the 117th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Sports run in the family.

His father, Popeye Jones is a retired NBA player. His older brothers play hockey and one of them, Seth, was the fourth overall pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Needless to say, they’re a competitive bunch. Caleb enjoyed the thought of maybe one day playing against Seth. What is the first thing he’d do?

“Ask him to fight probably,” Jones laughed. “No, but it will be good. We’ve always had battles. Even in basketball, 1-on-1, or on the ice when we were just practicing together. Maybe seeing him on the other side of the blue line one day would be pretty fun.”

Caleb compares his style of play to Seth.

“I think I play a bit like my brother,” said the 6-foot-0, 194-pound defenceman. “I think we’re both two-way defencemen. I think I’m more of a physical and aggressive player than he is but I say, in sense of the whole entire game, we’re pretty alike.”

Seth helps his younger brother train in the off-season.

“He’s been really big for me,” said Caleb. “I’ve trained with him the past three summers and he’s really pushed me. He’s consistent with his work ethic every day. It has really taught me what it takes to get to the next level and be a pro.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:38 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Cam Talbot says the Oilers expressed interest in him as soon as the season ended. That interest got real serious on Saturday, with the Oilers eventually trading three draft picks to the New York Rangers to acquire the 27-year-old goaltender.

“I was excited to come to a team that has so much potential and upside right now,” said Talbot. “They’re kind of rebuilding and retooling. It’s going to be an exciting time and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

Talbot has watched the Oilers very closely over the last few months. He watched as they made Bob Nicholson CEO of Oilers Entertainment Group, added Peter Chiarelli as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, and then when they hired Todd McLellan as their new Head Coach.

“I’ve definitely been paying attention to all those changes because, as soon as our season ended, I knew Edmonton was one of the teams that was interested,” said Talbot. “When you hear that, you start to notice all the changes they’re making and it feels like they’ve made a lot of great changes for the organization. They’re definitely heading in the right direction. I’m definitely excited to be a part of it.”

Talbot has also paid attention to the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. He’s excited to join this year’s number one overall pick.

“I know the hype but I haven’t really had a chance to see him play,” said Talbot. “With all the hype, it’s going to be an exciting time. From what I hear, he’s going to be a generational player. Any time you can get a player like that and throw him into the mix with all the other skilled forwards that are on this team it’s going to be a pretty good combination of skill and talent up front. I’m really excited to be a part of this team and the process moving forward.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 10:11 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers traded defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for the 107th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and forward Brad Ross.

Ross, an Edmonton native, was taken 43rd overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He played 32 games for the Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, this past season. Ross recorded eight points an 62 penalty minutes.

The Oilers then moved the 107th overall pick and forward Travis Ewanyk to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for defenceman Eric Gryba.

Gryba, 27, was taken in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft. He has played 165 NHL games, registering four goals and 25 points, 187 penalty minutes and a +17 rating. He is a 6’4’’. 225-pound right-shot defenceman.

GRYBA'S Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2003-2004 Saskatoon Contacts-SMHL 39 1 10 11 89
2004-2005 Saskatoon AAA Contacts-SMHL 32 11 29 40 83
2005-2006 Green Bay Gamblers-USHL 56 3 12 15 13 205 0 0 0
2006-2007 Boston University Terriers-H-East 38 1 3 4 76
2007-2008 Boston University Terriers-H-East 32 1 1 2 54
2008-2009 Boston University Terriers-H-East 45 0 6 6 106
2009-2010 Boston University Terriers-H-East 38 4 6 10 118
2009-2010 Binghamton Senators-AHL 6 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0
2010-2011 Binghamton Senators-AHL 66 3 4 7 7 133 0 0 1 49 6.1
2011-2012 Binghamton Senators-AHL 73 5 15 20 -13 95 0 0 2 98 5.1
2012-2013 Senators 33 2 4 6 -3 26 0 0 0 51 3.9
2012-2013 Binghamton Senators-AHL 38 5 6 11 28 75 3 0 2 68 7.4
2013-2014 Senators 57 2 9 11 9 64 0 0 0 57 3.5
2014-2015 Senators 75 0 12 12 11 97 0 0 0 64 0.0
NHL Totals 165 4 25 29 17 187 0 0 0 172 2.3
GRYBA'S Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2003-2004 Saskatoon Contacts-SMHL 10 4 8 12 20
2004-2005 Saskatoon AAA Contacts-SMHL 11 5 7 12 22
2005-2006 Green Bay Gamblers-USHL 3 1 1 2 -5 27 0 0 0
2006-2007 Boston University Terriers-H-East
2007-2008 Boston University Terriers-H-East
2010-2011 Binghamton Senators-AHL 10 0 1 1 3 26 0 0 0
2012-2013 Senators 4 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 2 0.0
2014-2015 Senators 6 0 0 0 -2 14 0 0 0 5 0.0
NHL Totals 10 0 0 0 -2 31 0 0 0 7 0.0

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POSTED ON Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 8:52 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In their second trade of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Oilers got the goaltender they’ve been searching for. Edmonton flipped the 57th, 79th and 184th overall picks to the NY Rangers, in exchange for Cam Talbot and the 209th selection.

Following last night’s first round, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said there were a couple goaltenders available via trade and that Edmonton would continue to have discussions. Those talks heated up about five picks into the second round when Chiarelli approached the Rangers table and took their GM Glen Sather aside for a talk.

Following that chat, Oilers Assistant GM Bill Scott later approached the table and he, along with a representative of the Rangers, submitted the trade card.

Talbot has a small sample size in the NHL, but he has posted good numbers. During the 2013-14 season, Talbot posted a record of 12-6-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. He added three shutouts. This season, Talbot played 36 games and had a record of 21-9-4. He posted a 2.21 GAA, a .926 save percentage and five shutouts.

Talbot, 27, made his NHL debut on October 24, 2013 against Philadelphia. He made 25 saves on 27 shots for a .926 save percentage. His first NHL shutout came four games later against Montreal.

Talbot is listed as 6’3’’ and 195 pounds. He is a native of Caledonia, Ontario.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP W L T OT SO GA SA Sv% GAA Min
2005-2006 Hamilton Red Wings-OPJHL 35 21 13 1 1 87 2.55 2,046
2006-2007 Hamilton Red Wings-OPJHL 28 19 5 2 1 57 2.08 1,644
2007-2008 University Of Alabama In Huntsville-CHA 13 1 10 0 0 45 322 4.63 583
2008-2009 University Of Alabama In Huntsville-CHA 24 2 16 3 1 65 700 2.95 1,320
2009-2010 University Of Alabama In Huntsville-CHA 33 12 18 3 1 85 2.61 1,958
2009-2010 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 1 0 0 0 0 3 11 .727 9.70 19
2010-2011 Connecticut Whale-AHL 22 11 9 2 2 62 570 .902 2.84 1,308
2010-2011 Greenville Road Warriors-ECHL 2 1 0 1 0 5 63 .921 2.46 122
2011-2012 Connecticut Whale-AHL 33 14 15 1 4 81 935 .913 2.61 1,865
2012-2013 Connecticut Whale-AHL 55 25 28 1 2 136 1,668 .918 2.63 3,105
2013-2014 Rangers 21 12 6 - 1 3 33 560 .941 1.64 1,211
2013-2014 Hartford Wolf Pack-AHL 5 4 0 1 0 13 171 .924 2.49 314
2014-2015 Rangers 36 21 9 - 4 5 77 1,038 .926 2.21 2,095
NHL Totals 57 33 15 0 5 8 110 1,598 .931 2.00 3,306
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP W L SO GA SA Sv% GAA Min
2005-2006 Hamilton Red Wings-OPJHL 14 8 6 1 52 3.46 903
2006-2007 Hamilton Red Wings-OPJHL 19 13 6 0 51 2.46 1,243
2010-2011 Connecticut Whale-AHL 1 0 1 0 2 24 .917 3.13 38
2011-2012 Connecticut Whale-AHL 9 5 4 2 20 327 .939 2.10 571
2013-2014 Rangers 2 0 1 0 2 13 .846 2.61 46
NHL Totals 2 0 1 0 2 13 .846 2.59 46

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