INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Friday, 04.1.2016 / 12:38 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at Royal Glenora Club and have a pretty full house. Once again, injured players Adam Pardy, Eric Gryba and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are participating.

Forward lines for first drill are:

Maroon-McDavid-Eberle
Hall-Draisaitl-Yakupov
Korpikoski-Letestu-Kassian
Hendricks-Lander-Cracknell

Nugent-Hopkins rotating in with the dark blue jerseys in top six. Luke Gazdic and Iiro Pakarinen also participating.

Defensive pairings:

Sekera-Fayne
Reinhart-Oesterle
Pardy-Nurse
Clendening-Nikitin

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.1.2016 / 10:05 AM MT

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who led all rookies with 11 assists and 16 points in 15 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.

McDavid edged Buffalo Sabres teammates Sam Reinhart (4-8—12 in 15 GP) and Jack Eichel (6-4—10 in 14 GP), Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (3-7—10 in 14 GP), and St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri (3-6—9 in 12 GP) for the honor.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, picked up at least one point in 11 of his 15 March appearances, highlighted by a seven-game point streak March 14-26 (1-9—10). He also registered five multi-point performances, led by a pair of goals – including the overtime winner – in his first NHL meeting with Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick last year, March 1.

The 19-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native paces all rookies – and ranks third in the NHL – with an average of 1.07 points per game this season (15-30—45 in 42 GP). McDavid also won Rookie of the Month honors in October (5-7—12 in 12 GP) and February (5-12—17 in 14 GP).

Connor McDavid in March
 
Date                Opponent                   G         A         PTS     Result
March 1           at Buffalo                    2          0          2          2-1 win (OT)
March 3           at Philadelphia             0          1          1          4-0 win
March 4           at Columbus                1          1          2          6-3 loss
March 6           at Winnipeg                 0          0          0          2-1 win
March 8           SAN JOSE                 0          0          0          3-0 loss
March 10         at Minnesota               1          0          1          2-1 win
March 12         ARIZONA                   0          0          0          4-0 loss
March 14         NASHVILLE                0          1          1          3-2 loss
March 16         ST. LOUIS                  0          2          2          6-4 win
March 18         VANCOUVER            0          1          1          2-0 win
March 20         COLORADO              0          1          1          3-2 loss
March 22         at Arizona                    0          2          2          4-2 loss
March 24         at San Jose                 0          1          1          6-3 win
March 26         at Los Angeles            1          1          2          6-4 loss
March 28         ANAHEIM                   0          0          0          2-1 loss
Total                                                   5          11        16        7-8-0
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 5:52 PM MT
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



The countdown continues as we approach April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. With 100+ Oilers alumni expected to be in attendance for the post-game farewell ceremony, each day leading up to the game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.

Glenn Anderson played 16 seasons in the NHL, 11 of which were played as an Oiler. The elite-level scorer won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton. During the playoffs alone, Anderson accumulated 93 goals, 121 assists, and 214 points, the fourth, ninth, and fourth most in NHL history, respectively. Anderson is also the all-time Oilers leader in regular season game-winning goals with 72.

Craig Muni was signed by the Oilers as a free agent in the summer of 1986. He was known to be a dynamic defenceman, one who wasn’t afraid to show his physical edge on the ice or sacrifice his body to block a shot. For seven seasons, Muni took a regular shift on the Oilers blueline, winning three Stanley Cups with Edmonton. He recorded 24 goals and 87 assists for 111 points in 493 games, as well as 15 points in 83 career Oilers post-season games.

After a series of seasonal hardships due to injuries, Stan Weir joined the Oilers for their last full season in the World Hockey Association, where his hockey career began to flourish. In year two, Edmonton and Weir moved to the NHL. The transition sparked his most productive professional season, recording 66 points in 79 games. He played 11 NHL seasons altogether, three of which were spent with the Oilers, posting an overall stat-line of 139 goals and 207 assists for 346 points in 642 games, as well as 11 points in 37 post-season games.

Sean Brown joined the Oilers in a trade halfway through the 1995-96 season. He spent two years with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, and was recalled occasionally by the club. The defenceman earned a permanent spot in the lineup in 1998, his third season with the organization. Altogether, the hard-nosed blueliner played six seasons with the Oilers, recording 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 269 games.

Marty Reasoner was traded to the Oilers, along with Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek, from the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 2001, in exchange for Oilers captain Doug Weight and Michel Riesen. Coming off a strong season in 2002-03, where he recorded 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points in 70 games, the centreman unfortunately missed the majority of the 2003-04 season with a knee injury. Reasoner played a total of 15 NHL seasons, six of which were spent with Edmonton, recording 266 points in 798 career NHL games.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 2:58 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It’s been a tough second half of the season for Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The centreman was sidelined in January after a blocked shot injured his hand in a game against the Florida Panthers. Activated March 11, Nugent-Hopkins played six games before taking an unexpected hit in the head in a collision with Arizona Coyotes defenceman Connor Murphy on March 22.

“We just were kind of both going for the puck there,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who was forced to leave the game that night and diagnosed with a concussion that once again removed him from the lineup.

“[Murphy’s] a lot bigger of a guy than me so his shoulder just kind of — I haven’t even actually seen the replay — but from what I remember it got me right in the head. It wasn’t a dirty play or anything, it was just the way it worked out. Unfortunately I took the brunt of it.”

Though a return is unknown before the end of the season, Nugent-Hopkins said he hopes to return before the end and was happy getting in a good practice with the team today.

“I don’t know what the plan is exactly here but it was good to be back out there practicing with the guys,” he said. “Since I broke my hand I really haven’t had too many practices, it’s kind of go, go, go, so definitely nice to get a good one under my belt there.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 2:24 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Adam Pardy has continued to skate with the team for practices since sustaining a hand injury in early March.

“I think it was the [Philadelphia] game. But I don’t think it was too bad, I think it just progressively got worse,” said Pardy.

The 6-foot-4, 227-pound blueliner continued to play until he was no longer able to, his last game coming at home against the San Jose Sharks on March 8.

“It feels pretty good. Every day, every week it gets a little better,” he said, expressing his hopes to get some more playing time and return to the lineup on Saturday versus Calgary.

Claimed via waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 29, the big-bodied blueliner was looking forward to a fresh start and was quick to make an impact with Edmonton before he was sidelined with his hand injury, playing six games and recording a pair of assists.

“It’s tough, you get a lot of minutes and you get on a little run — after the year in Winnipeg — that was important that I would be able to play minutes consistently,” said Pardy, taking the situation in stride. “So to have it shut down pretty quickly was not that much fun. But you’ve got to deal with the things that come your way.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 1:51 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

It’s been over a month since Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba sustained a knee injury in a home game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“My foot got caught in the post and someone fell on me and that was it,” he said.

Since sustaining the injury, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound blueliner has been on the mend, working on getting his strength back, with hopes to return to the lineup before the season wraps up.

“I’m starting to feel better every day,” said Gryba. “It’s nice to get out and have some game-like situations. I’m not sure when I’m back. My goal is definitely to be back by the end of the season.”

On Saturday the Oilers will play host to the Calgary Flames for one last Battle of Alberta bout.

“If it’s feeling good enough and I’m confident then I’ll play Saturday,” said Gryba, who continued to say that although he’d like to play this weekend, what’s more important is ensuring his knee can withstand the return.

“Just making sure that I’m healthy and strong enough and I’m going to be able to go out there and help the team.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 11:13 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

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

Injured defencemen Adam Pardy (hand) and Eric Gryba (knee) are skating with the group, as is centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion).

Stay tuned for more updates.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.30.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we’ll announce five alumni who are scheduled to attend.

Dave Semenko won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers, but he also served the important and well-respected title of Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard. He spent just over seven seasons in Edmonton and provided his best post-season performance during the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship run. He had five goals and five assists in 19 games that 1984 post-season. He fought 70-plus times in his NHL career and played 575 NHL games, almost all for the orange and blue.

Pat Hughes spent four full seasons and part of another with the Oilers from 1981-1985. He once set an NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals 25 seconds apart. His four years with the Oilers were the best of his career, as he surpassed the 20-goal mark three times. He helped the Oilers win two Stanley Cups during his stay in Edmonton. Hughes played 573 career NHL games and 71 more in the post-season.

Jason Strudwick finished his NHL career, which spanned more than 670 games, in his hometown of Edmonton. He closed out his career with three seasons with the Oilers (2008-2010). Strudwick also played games for the Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks and Rangers, as well as had stints in Europe. The hard-working, versatile player has made a career after hockey as a radio analyst and now television host in Edmonton.

Chris Josephcame to Edmonton from Pittsburgh as part of the Paul Coffey trade in 1987. The defenceman played parts of six seasons with Edmonton and their affiliate in Cape Breton. He was a big part in the team’s 1992 Conference Final appearance. Joseph enjoyed a long professional career, which began in the 1987-88 season and ended with a stint in the Italian league during the 2005-06 campaign. He played more than 500 career NHL games for the Oilers, Lightning, Penguins, Flyers, Canucks, Coyotes and Thrashers.

Ian Herbers is currently an assistant coach with the Oilers. The former defenceman, a native of Jasper, AB, enjoyed a long and fruitful career with the University of Alberta. That playing career resulted in a chance to join the Oilers. He played mostly with their AHL affiliate in Cape Breton, but laced up for 22 NHL games with the parent club during the 1993-94 season. Herbers left the ice for the bench and became a coach in the AHL, first as an assistant in 2003-04. He wound up taking the head coach job at the U of A, leading his alma mater to two CIS national titles in three seasons at the helm.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.30.2016 / 1:12 PM MT
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