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RELEASE: Oilers sign Benson to one-year extension

Forward from Edmonton scored his first NHL goal last season on Feb. 20 against the Minnesota Wild

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed forward Tyler Benson to a one-year, two-way contract extension with an average annual value (AAV) of $750,000.

The Edmonton native appeared in 29 games for the Oilers last season recording one goal and one assist. He scored his first NHL goal versus the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 20.

After being assigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors in March, the 24-year-old went on to play 18 games for the Condors, tallying four goals and eight assists.

Selected by the Oilers in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft (32nd overall), Benson has played 36 games with the Oilers and collected one goal and two assists.

Video: MIN@EDM: Benson powers a puck over the goal line

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BLOG: Yamamoto ready to complement loaded Oilers lineup

Fresh off signing a new two-year contract, the popular Edmonton linemate looks to build on last season's success

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With his contract officially out of the way, Kailer Yamamoto is excited to be another complementary piece in an Oilers Cup-contending roster.

"I'm feeling really good honestly, happy to have that done," Yamamoto said to Brenden Escott today on Oilers Now on 630 CHED. "I've only been with this team and I definitely wanted to come back. It was a bit of a back-and-forth battle, but we ended up just settling on a number. I told my agent that's what I want, and we eventually got it figured out and it happened."

Dollars aside, it made perfect sense for Yamamoto to lock himself into Blue & Orange for the foreseeable future. The winger is coming off a season where he scored a career-best 41 points (20G, 21A), while playing significant minutes among a very deep Oilers forward group.

"I think we have a Cup contender, bringing those guys back (Kane and Kulak), and bringing in Campbell. I've been with the Oilers for we'll say two years now and this is by far the most depth we've ever had as an organization," Yamamoto said. "I'm really excited for the season and hopefully we can bring a Cup back to Edmonton."

Video: EDM@CGY, Gm1: Yamamoto cleans up rebound for tie

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Yamamoto to two-year extension

Edmonton's first-round pick in 2017 set a career high in goals with 20 and points with 41 during the 2021-22 season

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Kailer Yamamoto with an average annual value (AAV) of $3.1 million. 

Set to begin his third full season with the Oilers in 2022-23, Yamamoto reached career highs in games played (81), goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) last season.

The Spokane, Wash., native also had career marks in power-play goals (3), power-play points (6), shots (114) and game-winning goals (4). Averaging 16:52 in ice time per game during the regular season, Yamamoto ranked second among Oilers forwards in blocked shots (36), fourth in hits (114) and sixth in takeaways (39). 

The 23-year-old right-winger appeared in another 14 games during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying two goals and five assists, including two power-play markers.

Selected by the Oilers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft (22nd overall), Yamamoto has played 186 games and collected 40 goals and 53 assists with a plus/minus rating of +17.

Video: OTT@EDM: Yamamoto stuffs backhand attempt under pad

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Oilers Off-Season Movement Tracker 2022

Get complete coverage of the Edmonton Oilers 2022 off-season

by Staff @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Follow along for all Edmonton Oilers roster additions and subtractions throughout the 2022 National Hockey League off-season.

Video: THE PANEL | Free Agency 2022

Oilers Group 2 Free Agents: Tyler Benson (re-signed by Oilers), Ryan McLeod, Jesse Puljujarvi (re-signed by Oilers), Kailer Yamamoto (re-signed by Oilers).

Oilers Group 3 Free Agents: Josh Archibald (signed with Penguins), Derick Brassard, Evander Kane (re-signed with Oilers), Mikko Koskinen (signed with HC Lugano), Brett Kulak (re-signed with Oilers), Kris Russell, Colton Sceviour, Kyle Turris, Bogdan Yakimov.

Oilers Group 6 Free Agents: Cooper Marody (signed with Flyers)

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RELEASE: Kevin Lowe retiring from Vice Chair and Alternate Governor role

Lowe will remain connected to the club in retirement as an Oilers Ambassador working with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Oilers Alumni

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - After a distinguished 40-plus year career with the Edmonton Oilers and OEG Inc., Kevin Lowe is retiring from his role of Vice Chair and Alternate Governor of the Edmonton Oilers.

Not only is Kevin Lowe a household name in hockey, but he is also part of the foundation, identity and heart and soul of the Edmonton Oilers. Since joining the Oilers as the team's first-ever draft pick in 1979, Lowe was part of all five Stanley Cup wins among many other impressive achievements -- including being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020 and Order of Hockey in Canada in 2021.

Off the ice, Lowe held roles of Head Coach, General Manager, Vice Chair and Alternate Governor, as well as member of the EOCF Board of Directors, just to name a few.

Video: NYR@EDM: Oilers retire Kevin Lowe's #4 jersey

Lowe will continue to promote the storied legacy of the organization to community and business partners in retirement as an Oilers Ambassador, while also increasing his flexibility to spend more time with family and pursue other life interests. As an Oilers Ambassador, he will support initiatives of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Oilers Alumni, while also connecting with our valued season seat holders, corporate partners and fans across Oil Country.

"Kevin Lowe has been an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers for over 40 years and will continue to be connected to the organization as Oilers Ambassador," said Oilers Chairman Bob Nicholson.

"Very few have had the impact that Kevin has had, both on and off the ice. He exemplifies leadership and has done so much to help connect the organization with our fans, while supporting so many worthwhile causes in our community. He is a teammate, leader and friend to so many in the organization and we congratulate him on an amazing career and are excited for this next chapter of his career."

OEG Inc. and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club would like to thank Kevin for his immeasurable contributions to the organization and wish him continued success as Oilers Ambassador.

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BLOG: Mark Stuart ready to share his experience behind the Oilers bench

The newest Oilers assistant coach has 12 years in the NHL to lean on as he begins his professional coaching journey

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - New Oilers assistant coach Mark Stuart is ready to share his 13 years of pro experience with the next generation of NHLers.

The 38-year-old was announced as the latest addition to Head Coach Jay Woodcroft's staff on Tuesday. Stuart is coming off a long pro-career where he suited up for 673 NHL games, split between the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets - including 23 games for the Atlanta Thrashers before their move to Manitoba.

After finishing his hockey career with the Mannheim Eagles in Germany, Stuart turned to coaching as a way of staying close to the game. The former NHL defenceman is ready to be back at hockey's highest level.

"It's an amazing opportunity, I'm ecstatic to be joining this organization and this staff," Stuart said on Oilers Now on 630 CHED with Cam Moon. "I've known a few people over the years, but I've heard nothing but good things about a lot of the people in the organization. I'm feeling very fortunate right now and I'm excited to get going."

Video: RAW | Ken Holland, Jay Woodcroft 06.22.22

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BLOG: Kane a key piece of the Oilers playoff core

The winger's teammates are excited about what a full season in Blue and Orange can do for the Oilers post-season aspirations

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Evander Kane's Oilers performance has his teammates ready for the encore. 

The winger tied himself to the Blue & Orange for the next four seasons the night before NHL Free Agency began, much to the delight of those who get to play with him. 

"To have him back into the fold is really exciting. It was kind of touch and go there for a little bit, but to have him back is exciting for the team and me personally. I really enjoyed playing with him," Connor McDavid said Monday at the Zach Hyman Celebrity Golf Classic in Toronto. "He does a lot for us on the ice. He brings a lot of elements to his game that we've been looking for, for a long time in a top-six role. He's a big body, plays physical, and brings a bit of emotion and swagger. He's a good fit."

The return of Kane has a lot of Oilers players excited about the prospects of next season, and it's not hard to see why. Prior to Kane's arrival, the Oilers were 21-16-2 and had only won five of their previous 18 games. After his Jan. 28 signing, the Oilers went 28-11-4 on their way to their second 100-point season in 35 years, with the 104-point output being the best mark by any Oilers team since 1987.

Video: RAW | Connor McDavid 07.25.22

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RELEASE: Oilers announce ECHL affiliation with Fort Wayne Komets

Indiana-based club captured the Kelly Cup league championship in 2021 along with a division title in 2016

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers announced their ECHL affiliate for the 2022-23 season will be the Fort Wayne Komets. The team had a previous affiliation with the Komets from 1988 to 1990.

Dating back to 1952, Fort Wayne has grown to become a hockey staple in Indiana, winning 10 championships as part of various minor pro leagues. Over the past 70 years, the Komets have been part of the International Hockey League (IHL), the United Hockey League (UHL) and the Central Hockey League (CHL) before joining the ECHL in 2012.

"On behalf of Ken Holland, Keith Gretzky and the entire Edmonton Oilers organization, we are thrilled to announce our new affiliation with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL," said Oilers Assistant GM Bill Scott. "As one of the premiere clubs in the ECHL with a rich history of professional hockey in Indiana, we are very excited to have our future Oilers in Fort Wayne.

"Under the leadership of Michael and David Franke and direction of Head Coach Ben Boudreau, we know that our prospects and players will have a first class experience in Fort Wayne while developing as players on the ice and people off the ice."

Owned for the past 33 years by the Franke family of Fort Wayne, the Komets have been perennial contenders in the ECHL, capturing the Kelly Cup in 2021 along with a division championship in 2016.

Newly-appointed Bakersfield Condors head coach Colin Chaulk had a storied career as a Komet from 2002 to 2013 and ranks third all-time in scoring with 684 points (184G, 500A) over 588 games. He also holds the franchise record for playoff games played (99) and had his number 91 retired in 2017.

The Komets begin the 2022-23 season on Oct. 22 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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BLOG: Campbell's personality positively perfect for Edmonton

Newcomer's reputation as a good person and better goaltender is well known by the players who have played with him

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The recently signed Jack Campbell has a dual reputation among many of his Oilers teammates. Good guy. Great goaltender.

"An amazing person. Very nice guy. As a goaltender, he's somebody who just tries to push the envelope and push his abilities as far as he can with his work ethic," Zach Hyman said Monday at his Celebrity Golf Classic in Toronto. "I think that will fit really seamlessly into the group that we have here, just extremely talented and competitive. A great addition for us."

Campbell joins the Oilers locker room already with some familiarity with members of the roster. Outside of his years in Toronto with players like the aforementioned Hyman, Tyson Barrie, and Cody Ceci, the goaltender was also a junior teammate of Darnell Nurse in 2011-12 with the Soo Greyhounds.

The defenceman only played one season with Campbell, but he had nothing but glowing reviews of the newest Oilers netminder.

Video: RAW | Jack Campbell 07.25.22

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Puljujarvi to one-year contract

Fourth-overall pick in 2016 has scored 46 goals and 98 points 259 career NHL games

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed Jesse Puljujarvi to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The 24-year-old Finnish forward has scored 46 goals and 98 points in 259 career NHL games, all with Edmonton, including a career-high 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games last season.

The fourth-overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft has also scored three goals and five points in 20 career post-season appearances over the past two seasons.

Video: LAK@EDM, Gm2: McDavid connects with Puljujarvi

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