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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.2.2015 / 8:17 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Top-ranked draft prospect Connor McDavid had five points in a 7-3 win as the Erie Otters closed out their series with Darnell Nurse and Sault Ste. Marie in six games.

Nurse, chosen seventh overall in 2013 by the Oilers, finished with a goal for the Greyhounds. McDavid, NHL Central Scouting’s top-ranked North American skater, had a goal and four assists.

Nick Betz put Erie on top with a redirection at 2:49 of the first period.

Sault Ste. Marie rallied for two-straight goals, including a terrific shot by Jared McCann through traffic, at 8:45 of the opening period. That goal came on a 5-on-3 power play.

Jake Marchment scored the equalizer, coming out of the penalty box. Marchment’s shot went in off the crossbar, at 10:12 of the first.

McDavid dished the puck with a backhanded pass to Alex DeBrincat who scored to give Erie a 3-2 lead at 8:46 of the second, on the power play.

McDavid scored on the power play as well, with a nice wraparound at 10:19 of the middle frame.

Nurse scored a big goal to draw Sault Ste. Marie within one again, with a fluttering shot from the point at 4:04 of the third period.

Unfortunately for Nurse and the Greyhounds, Erie would score the game’s final three goals.

Nicholas Baptiste put away a power play goal at 11:53 of the third.

DeBrincat finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play at 14:32 and he scored an empty-netter at 17:08.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.1.2015 / 11:18 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

A goal by Tyson Baillie with 5:05 remaining in the first overtime lifted the Kelowna Rockets to a 2-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night, giving the Rockets a 3-2 series lead in Game 5 of the WHL Western Conference Final.

Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl assisted on Riley Stadel's goal to opening scoring with 2:25 to go in the first period. That goal looked like it was going to be enough but with 3:33 to play in the third, Nic Petan scored to force overtime.

After three periods, shots on goal were 39-29 for Portland, but Kelowna found an extra gear in OT, outshooting the Winterhawks 20-4 in the fourth period.

Draisaitl's assist gave him 20 points so far in these playoffs with six goals and 14 assists in 14 games to lead all Rockets and rank fourth in the WHL in postseason scoring.

Kelowna can wrap up the series with a win on Sunday night in Portland. Game time is 6:00 p.m. MDT.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.1.2015 / 12:13 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced the hiring of Peter Chiarelli as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager on April 24. Until now, it was unknown what former GM Craig MacTavish’s next move would be or if he would stay on with the Oilers.

Chiarelli, who is in Prague for the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship, confirmed to media that MacTavish would stay on his staff.

“He’ll be the No. 2 guy,” Chiarelli said, per the Edmonton Sun.

Chiarelli says he hasn’t settled on a title yet, but it is clear that he wants MacTavish on board.

“He’ll be my eyes and ears in all areas,” said Chiarelli.

“I want to have strong people with strong opinions.”

Chiarelli said MacTavish was upset at first, but the new hockey ops boss wanted to reach out and discuss options moving forward. Ultimately, MacTavish agreed to stay.

“I explained how much I’d like to have him in the mix and I’m glad he’s come around and decided to stay with us,” said Chiarelli.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 8:06 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds avoided elimination and forced game six with a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters.

Nicholas Baptiste opened scoring at 2:06 of the first period, giving Erie a 1-0 lead. A turnover right out in front of Sault Ste. Marie goaltender Brandon Halverson led to that score.

The Greyhounds responded, on the power play, at 12:09 of the same period. Jared McCann’s one-timer found twine, assisted by Anthony DeAngelo and Sergey Tolchinsky.

A scoreless second period followed.

A turnover in the neutral zone gave the Greyhounds a 3-on-1 rush. Michael Bunting put it away, at 3:36 of the third to put Sault Ste. Marie up 2-1.

Travis Dermott tied the game for Erie at 5:13 of the third.

It was Bryan Moore who broke the tie and scored the winner, at 12:55. Moore came down the ice from his own blueline and picked the corner behind Devin Williams.

Gabe Guertler buried an empty-netter at 19:58 to put the icing on the cake.

Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse finished the game +1, with no points. Top-ranked draft prospect Connor McDavid had an assist on the Dermott goal.

Game six of the OHL Western Conference Final takes place in Erie on Saturday. Game six is on Sportsnet 360.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 4:01 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers winger Matt Hendricks has been named captain of the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2015 IIHF World Championships.

Hendricks, 33, played in 71 games for the Oilers this season, recording 16 points (8-8-16) and 76 penalty minutes.

The 2015 World Championships take place in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic from May 1-17. The U.S. team is in Group B.

Hendricks is from Blaine, Minnesota.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 11:14 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



An Oilers prospect, in his return from injury, scored the overtime winner and lifted the Oklahoma City Barons to a 2-1 win and a 3-0 sweep of the San Antonio Rampage.

Jujhar Khaira, playing in his first game since March 4, scored the game-winning goal at 5:01 of the overtime period.

In the first, there was a scramble in front of the San Antonio net. The puck slid behind Rampage goaltender Dan Ellis, but was covered up by bodies. Following an official review, it was confirmed to be no goal.

Kellen Jones jammed a rebound past Ellis at 18:51 of the second period to give OKC a 1-0 lead. Matthew Ford and Jason Williams earned the assists.

Kellen’s twin brother, Connor, scored the overtime winner in game two and came close to giving the Barons a 2-0 lead with 1:30 left in the game but his one-on-one chance was stopped by Ellis.

Ellis left the ice, giving San Antonio an extra attacker, with about 80 seconds left in the third. Dylan Olsen potted the equalizer with 58.3 seconds left in the game, assisted by Vincent Trocheck and Garrett Wilson. That goal sent it to overtime.

Bachman had his work cut out for him in regulation, making 35 saves through 60 minutes.

In overtime, it was the Oilers 2012 third-round pick, Khaira, who brought the brooms out for the sweep. Mitch Moroz, the 32nd overall pick in 2012, set that play up. Moroz came down the wing and centred a pass through two Rampage bodies. The puck reached Ford, who fired it over the net. Khaira banked the rebound in off of a sprawled Ellis for the win.

Bachman made 35 saves in his first start of the 2015 playoffs. The Barons second-round opponent is yet to be determined.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 10:40 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

A three-goal run in the first and second periods lifted the Kelowna Rockets to an important 3-2 win over Portland, tying their WHL Western Conference Final series at 2-2.

Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl scored a goal at 7:50 of the first period, tying the game at 1-1. That goal sparked two more from Kelowna, giving them a 3-1 lead.

Nicolas Petan scored at 12:03 of the second, but that’s as close as the Winterhawks would get to completing their comeback bid.

Jackson Whistle made 14 saves in the third period for Kelowna to help seal the win.

Draisaitl also chipped in an assist on Kelowna’s third goal of the night, at 9:16 of the second on the power play. Draisaitl leads Kelowna in playoff scoring with 19 points in 13 games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 11:14 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers 2014 third-overall pick, Leon Draisaitl, scored a goal in Kelowna’s 7-3 loss to Portland in game three of the WHL Western Conference Final.

Draisaitl’s goal was his fifth of the playoffs and 17th point in 12 games so far. He finished game three -1 with two penalty minutes.

Kelowna outshot Portland 44-40, but the Winterhawks got the early jump on the Rockets. Portland scored the game’s opening three goals, and had a 5-1 lead at one point.

The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game four is in Portland on Wednesday night.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 8:35 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Erie Otters took a 3-1 series in the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Final, with a 7-5 win over Darnell Nurse and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

The first period scoring began with Jean Dupuy’s goal just 38 seconds into the game to give Sault Ste. Marie a short-lived 1-0 lead. Dupuy was assisted by Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse and Justin Bailey.

Nicholas Baptiste answered for Erie at 2:35 of the opening frame, assisted by the top-ranked 2015 draft prospect, Connor McDavid, and Remi Ellie.

Although McDavid couldn’t find twine, he finished the game with four assists.

“(McDavid is) a heck of a player, he’s a dynamic player, he competes, he wins battles, he’s great to watch. I’m glad I’m able to watch him tonight,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli, who was at the game and was interviewed on the broadcast.

The Otters and Greyhounds exchanged goals to make it 2-2 heading into the second.

Nick Ritchie passed the puck out in front to Gabe Guertier for the Sault Ste. Marie lead at 8:09 of the second period.

Baptiste, a 2013 third-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, scored his second of the night at 11:24 of the second, on the power play, to even things up at three.

After a Jared McCann third-period goal for the Greyhounds, Erie tied things up once again when NHL Central Scouting’s fourth-ranked North American skater, Dylan Strome, scored on the power play, assisted by McDavid and Travis Dermott.

Nurse came to the defence of a teammate who was hit after the whistle and went to the box for roughing, which gave Erie that power play. McDavid tossed it in front and Strome scooped and scored at 3:32 of the third.

Strome finished the game -1 with a goal and an assist. Nurse finished +1 with two penalty minutes and a helper.

Baptiste earned the hat trick at 13:23 of the third, giving Erie a 6-4 lead.

Sault Ste. Marie did get within one again, but Baptiste’s fourth goal of the night sealed the Erie win at 19:22 of the final frame.

Game five is on Thursday, in Sault Ste. Marie.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 2:02 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers Entertainment Group announced today that Aquila Productions has received 12 nominations for the 2015 Alberta Film & Television (Rosie) Awards.

Aquila Productions is owned by OEG and based in Edmonton.

Aquila received four nominations for “Oil Change: Game On,” a documentary series covering the Oilers franchise. They also received six nominations for “Scout’s Honor,” one nomination for their live production of Tour of Alberta and one nomination for their production of the 1984 Legacy Reunion Gala.

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association Awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media.

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