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POSTED ON Tuesday, 22.10.2013 / 1:27 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle wants himself and centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to help Nail Yakupov find his game and become the catalyst that sparks the young forward's offensive abilities.

"We want to be the catalyst for him," said Eberle. "Give him some opportunities around the net and try to find him in the slot like we did last game."

Eberle's declaration was no surprise to Head Coach Dallas Eakins.

"That's been the history here with Ebs through training camp and the early part of the season," said Eakins. "He's been able to make the players around him better. He's going to be a key component in helping Nail along the way and Nuge as well. Nuge got off to a good start and he fell off a bit. We want him to have continued success as well."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 22.10.2013 / 9:59 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Ben Eager from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

In six games for the Barons this season, Eager has no points and four penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 11:33 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have traded fourth-line winger Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 4th round pick in 2014.

Brown was acquired by the Oilers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 4, 2013 for a 4th round pick.

The forward played in 27 games in 2012-13 scoring one goal and adding 53 penalty minutes.

He has played in eight games this season with no points and 19 penalty minutes.

     "The have acquired a 2014 fourth-round draft choice from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Mike Brown."
                                                           @EdmontonOilers
     "Doug Wilson: "Mike plays a speed game and fits the 'Fast, Hard and Supportive' mantra that our team wants to play with." "
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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 5:35 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Per the Oilers, with Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth back in Edmonton for medical examination, Tyler Pitlick is set to make his NHL debut.

Head Coach Dallas Eakins confirmed the team would recall Pitlick after practice this morning.

     "With Hall and Smyth back in for medical examination, set to make debut in MTL"
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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 4:22 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | Sam Gagner | Jeff Petry
VIDEO: Eakins | Gagner Injury Update | Petry

Oilers forward Sam Gagner has sat out from game action since taking a high-stick to the face in September. The hit left him with fewer teeth and a broken jaw which required surgery. Now Gagner could be in the home stretch headed towards his return.

"I'm basically just waiting for the doctor to clear me," said Gagner. "It's a weird injury just because I have the plate in there and they have to be aware of how that's healing and how the plate is connecting to the bone and kind of everything like that. It's different compared to a lot of other injuries. It's not just how you feel. I feel like I could go today, it's just a matter of a timeline that the doctors have so hopefully I can get going soon."

Gagner has been practicing with the team now, even filling in during practice for injured or absent players. That's the next step, says Gagner, but he'd rather be playing games.

"I feel good," said Gagner. "It's nice to just be back with the team and practicing at least. That's the next step. I think you miss that when you're injured, just being around the guys and getting a chance to play hockey and practice with the team. That's nice, but at the end of the day you want to play in games and that's the next step for me. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later."

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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 3:49 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle has sat out the last two practices and it's no secret that he is a major part of what the team is trying to accomplish. This makes it difficult to practice the way you want to, when missing a key component. But getting Eberle 100% healthy is more important than practice which is why he's taken a couple of 'maintenance days'.

"You can argue he's been our best forward and a big part of our team. ," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "Just running practice without him isn't for the feint hearted. We'll cross our fingers that he's good for tomorrow but we've got to be careful with that too. We don't want to rush him and make it turn into something bigger."

It doesn't seem like Eberle's ailment will be something to keep him out for very long, the team is just taking precautions with one of their best players.

"It's one of those nagging ones. Even before I knew how he was yesterday, I let our medical staff know that I didn't want him to skate. I don't think it's necessary. He's a fairly fit kid and he's played lots of minutes for us.It's not like practicing is going to help him be better right now. I wanted him to stay off the ice. I knew it was going to screw up my practice a little bit but I was OK with that."

The Oilers set out to spend significant time focusing on their power play this morning but with Eberle and Ryan Smyth both sitting out, it was difficult to go through special teams without their full units. However, Eakins says they accomplished what they wanted to.

"I thought we got enough work done on the power play. We've got enough guys that can fill the holes. It's not like we're looking for skilled plays now. We're looking to bomb pucks from the point."

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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 12:24 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | Sam Gagner | Jeff Petry
VIDEO: Eakins | Gagner Injury Update | Petry

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that the team will recall forward Tyler Pitlick from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

This is Pitlick's first-career NHL call up, that comes after a strong camp and pre-season in Edmonton that continued down in OKC. He has been slotted in on the Barons top forward line with Linus Omark and Anton Lander. He has a goal and two assists in seven games.

The call up comes on the heels of a practice in which both Jordan Eberle and Ryan Smyth did not skate with the team.

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POSTED ON Monday, 21.10.2013 / 11:34 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are out two forwards today at practice as Ryan Smyth joins Jordan Eberle as those not on the ice this morning at Denis Savard Arena in Verdun.

Eberle has sat out the last two practices.

Defenceman Denis Grebeshkov and injured Sam Gagner are filling in for the absent forwards this morning.

Oilers forward lines are:

Nail Yakupov- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins- Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones- Mark Arcobello- David Perron

Denis Grebeshkov- Boyd Gordon- Sam Gagner

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POSTED ON Sunday, 20.10.2013 / 1:51 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Dallas Eakins | David Perron | Denis Grebeshkov
VIDEO: Eakins | Perron | Grebeshkov

The Oilers have announced that Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton.

Hall left yesterday's game in the second period and did not return.

Hall will receive further medical examination on his injured left knee.

     "Taylor Hall has returned to Edmonton to receive medical examination on his injured left knee."
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POSTED ON Sunday, 20.10.2013 / 11:55 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have taken to the ice at Denis Savard Arena in Verdun.

The forward lines today are as follows:

Nail Yakupov- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle (Gagner filling in)
David Perron- Mark Arcobello- Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth- Boyd Gordon- Ryan Jones
Luke Gazdic- Will Acton- Mike Brown

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