"Andrew (Ference) is second-to-none in the League with his leadership," Eakins said about his captain. "I believe Taylor and Ebs have earned full-time spots."
Last season, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both wore the A at times. Eakins said he had conversations with both players and expects significant leadership from them despite not wearing a letter.
Eakins said that Pouliot did not skate today due to a hip flexor but that he's probably for Thursday. Nikitin did skate but his status for Thursday remains up in the air. He has been out with an ankle injury.
- Jordan Eberle
- Taylor Hall
Read more in the Oilers Press Release.
The Oilers are practicing the power play, with the same units as Sunday with the exception of Will Acton in place of Benoit Pouliot on the first power play unit in front of the net. Skating with Acton is Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Schultz.
Brad Hunt remains with Draisaitl, Yak, Purcell and Perron on 2nd unit PP. Nikitin not with this unit— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place today. On defence, Nikita Nikitin is back skating with the team and taking a regular rotation:
Oilers D pairings this morning: Hunt-J Schultz, Ference-Petry, Nikitin-Fayne, Klefbom-Nurse— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The forward units are coloured for power play and Benoit Pouliot is currently not on the ice. Check back for further updates.
Will Acton is in Benoit Pouliot's spot as net presence on 1st unit PP— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The newest announced tenant for the Edmonton Arena District will be Delta Hotels and Resorts.
“Today we are here to announce the development of a 50-plus storey tower that will feature a fantastic new 362-room, four star hotel and over 200 luxury condominiums,” said Daryl Katz, chairman of the Katz Group of Companies.
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- RAW | Craig MacTavish
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- RAW | Leon Draisaitl
- RAW | Darnell Nurse
- RAW | Mark Arcobello
- RAW | Oscar Klefbom
- RAW | Dallas Eakins
Selected third-overall in this year’s draft, Leon Draisaitl is set to begin his rookie season in Edmonton. Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke on Sunday about what he expects from Draisaitl and what his observations were of the 18-year-old.
“I think his size, he’s not going to get pushed around on the ice, that’s for sure,” Eakins said. “The other thing was his ability to make NHL plays and seem calm to do it. I think he showed us all flashes of what he’s capable of. The challenge for a player coming out of junior is to be able to do it every night. That should be part of the process for him, but that should be his goal that he’s going to have a positive impact on the game every night. Is he going to have hiccups along the way? Absolutely. He’s a teenager. We’re ready to help him right away and, in the end, he was better than our other options right now.”
Tyler Pitlick had some successful moments this pre-season. He had a game-changing shift at Winnipeg, he earned time with skilled players like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and a big check by the winger knocked Bo Horvat out of the game against the Canucks and turned up the intensity.
But the Oilers placed Pitlick on waivers Sunday morning, with the purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City.
The decision is a risk, but one that MacTavish says the team was willing to make when they went through their personnel for the opening night roster. Pitlick was joined by Steve Pinizzotto, Keith Aulie and Anton Lander on waivers.
“I think we can debate on the effectiveness of Tyler Pitlick,” MacTavish said. “I think Tyler is at a position right now that we wish he would have been at a year or a year and a half ago. He’s turned himself into a professional. I think that it ended up with Tyler, as well as Pinizzotto, were two difficult decisions. It got down to a positional bias and I thought the 13th forward here would be best served by being a centreman and it was a risk I was willing to take.”
Will Acton is currently the 13th forward the Oilers elected to keep. The team stressed that the moves were not permanent, with the evaluation process ongoing.