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FUTURE WATCH: Hebig snipes in semifinal win at Memorial Cup

Oilers forward prospect Cameron Hebig drags, snipes as host Regina Pats beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - He snipes.

Oilers forward prospect and Regina Pats winger Cameron Hebig dragged, sniped and cellyed in the second period of his club's 4-2 win at the 2018 Memorial Cup Semifinal against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday.

Tweet from @CHLHockey: #MCMemorialCup Semi-Final:2-1 @WHLPats lead over @BulldogsOHL after 40 minutes with second period goals from Hebig (REG) and Mattinen (HAM).STATS: https://t.co/6o0RfI5gnB #MMC100 pic.twitter.com/RGKIusLWOq

Hebig took a big hit less than a minute into the match, seemingly remaining unfazed. He snagged his fourth goal of the tournament in the middle frame, running his scoring stats up to six points at the event.

Hebig has a chance to add to that against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday at 5:00 PM MDT.

 

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FEATURE: Untapped potential

Oilers Assistant Coach Manny Viveiros contains 'untapped potential' in his new role with the Oilers

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Born and raised in St. Albert, AB, originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round in 1984 and now, 34 years later, one of the club's assistant coaches.

If you're a fan of full-circle stories, Manny Viveiros' journey through the ranks of the hockey world that has seen him land back within the Oilers organization is one to take note of.

Despite never suiting up for the Oilers in the NHL, Viveiros feels fortunate his path has guided him back to his hometown, a place his heart has never really left.

"It really is a homecoming, to say the least," said the Alberta native.

Video: Oilers Coach Announcement

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BLOG: Oilers to continue with a three-man bench

Viveiros will join the bench in third periods, paving the way for possible four-man coaching unit

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan delved into how he and his new staff will function during game action on Friday in a conference call.

"As we did in the past, we will have a three-man bench and we will bring Emanuel down from the top in the third periods to begin with, with the opportunity to grow to a four-man bench," McLellan said. 

"I have no issue with having four quality coaches on the bench. Sometimes too many mouths and too many minds lead to over-coaching. We have to see and experience how the three - Trent, myself and Glen - works on the bench. If we're where we need to be, we'll add Emanuel down full time. Initially, he'll come down in the third period."

McLellan also divulged into how the coaches responsibilities will be separated.

"Trent will work with the defenceman and work on the back end. I will continue to do what I do and Glen will be working both ends of the bench making adjustments and working with Trent and I," he said.

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FEATURE: Gulutzan to have a pulse on players

Oilers Assistant Coach Glen Gulutzan believes his best asset will be getting the most out of the Oilers player personnel

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - If the famous Calgary Flames train ride from Montreal to Ottawa during the 2016-17 season is any indication of the effect Glen Gulutzan can have on his players, it's a profound one.

The Flames had dropped four eggs in a row and tensions were high. A 5-1 blowout courtesy of the Montreal Canadiens made the East Coast travel itinerary that much more laborious. 

Add the fact that their then-head coach, Gulutzan, was unimpressed with his squad's recent performance and decided to have all the alcoholic beverages from the carts removed - souring the taste in his players' mouths until the prohibition was lifted.

Video: Oilers Coach Announcement

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BLOG: McLellan details his assistants' strengths

"Yawns is a little more stringent and straightforward, Emanuel is fresh and new, and Gully's got an upbeat personality. We think it will all fit," said the Oilers Head Coach

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan pinpointed his new assistants' strengths Friday during a conference call, beginning with former Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Trent Yawney.

"When I look at Trent Yawney, he's a coach that I've worked with in the past," said McLellan. So, I understand him well and he understands my personality well. He's done a tremendous job with the penalty units in San Jose, Anaheim and anywhere else he's coached in the minor-league system."

McLellan emphasized Yawney's ability to develop defenceman, something he did with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in Chicago as a head coach and most recently with the Ducks' defence core.

"His track record speaks for itself when you look at Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and some of the defencemen that came through the Chicago organization during his time," McLellan said. "And then, of course, the young defencemen that Anaheim possesses at this point. He's had his fingerprints on their development from Day 1. He's done a tremendous job.

McLellan then delved into former Calgary Flames bench boss Glen Gulutzan:

"Glen Gulutzan has a variety of experiences at the National Hockey League level as well as the minor-league level. He understands what it's like to be a head coach, especially in Canada, western Canada and in particular, Alberta. That's a strong asset for us to have. He brings an upbeat personality and a good hockey mind. I'm going to use him in all situations."

McLellan finished with former Swift Current Broncos head coach Emanuel Viveiros.

"Emanuel Viveiros is an up-and-coming coach," said McLellan. "He's a mature individual - in his 50s - but he's an up-and-coming coach. He has a talent level that hasn't been tapped yet. What do I mean by that is he has a very strong European background. He was a very offensive defenceman when he played. Has very strong power play sets and results in his European teams as well as his junior teams. We'll obviously lean in that direction with his skill sets. 

"As a group, the personalities fit each other. Yawn's is a little more stringent and straightforward, Emanuel is fresh and new and Gully has an upbeat personality. We think it will all fit."

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BLOG: Chiarelli comments on assistant coaching changes

President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli commented on the Oilers hiring of assistant coaches Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media Friday following the announcement that Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros have been named Oilers assistant coaches.

"We did get a lot of names, but we targeted these three individuals for their specific talents, experiences and compatible personalities," Chiarelli said via conference call about the Oilers' recent additions to the coaching staff. "(Todd McLellan) and I talked a lot about the group and not so much about the individuals. Collaboratively, we looked at this and went at it methodically and we're happy to get these three guys. They come from different backgrounds, different experiences and with different skillsets, and together they will challenge each other.

"I look forward to watching them work and being a part of this group from a management level."

A change to the coaching staff came as the first move after the evaluation of areas in need of improvement across the Oilers' organization.

"There's a number of areas that we looked at, and I'm not saying we're finished either," Chiarelli continued. "This is the one step we're looking at now and we looked at it the same way much like you can with making changes to the roster. We looked at some areas we felt were deficient and this was an area we felt we could improve, so that's one of the reasons we started with this."

"We're looking at a lot of different things. We're looking at some tweaks to the bottom half and possible tweaks to the defence core in general. I like this roster for the most part, there's a strong critical mass there, but I think we're going to look more towards not making any major moves."

As for up front, Chiarelli commented on how a lack of veteran presence at forward could be addressed in the build-up to the start of the 2018-19 season in October.

"We've looked at some veterans at various forward positions throughout our meetings. We lost some leadership last year, and that impacted us and it's a legitimate point. It's hard to airlift a veteran in and expect him to have that same type of leadership, but we're looking at those types of players in the free agent market and the trade market."

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RELEASE: Oilers name Gulutzan, Yawney and Viveiros assistant coaches

President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Edmonton Oilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Edmonton, AB - President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Edmonton Oilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches.

Gulutzan, 46, spent the past two seasons as head coach of the NHL's Calgary Flames. Gulutzan helped the Flames reach the playoffs in 2016-17 and accumulated a record of 82-68-14 in 164 games as Calgary's bench boss.

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DRAFT: Past Oilers picks

The Oilers hold the 10th, 40th, 71st, 133rd, 164th and 195th picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. See which players they selected in those spots in their draft history

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the 195th-overall selection in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select… From the AJHL's St. Albert Saints…

Fernando Pisani.

That's right.

The Oilers selected the Edmonton, AB, product in Round 8 of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, then held at the Kiel Center on June 22nd in St. Louis, MO.

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR: Round 4, Game B

In Round 4, Game B, it's Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded tally up against Ethan Bear's first career NHL goal

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 4, Game B, it's Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded tally up against Ethan Bear's first career NHL goal.

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FUTURE WATCH: Skinner shines in loss

Oilers goalie prospect makes 54 saves in 2-1 loss to Hamilton Bulldogs at Memorial Cup

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers goalie prospect Stuart Skinner stopped 54 of 56 shots and was named the first star of the game in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: Stuart Skinner is doing everything he can to keep the Broncos in the game.Watch the Memorial Cup now on https://t.co/mq7jTeciLh. pic.twitter.com/PvTAK6rqam

The Edmonton, AB, product kept his club in the game from the drop of the puck, with Hamilton outshooting Swift Current 56-22.

Skinner has continued his dominant play at the event, owning a .937 save percentage and 2.96 goals-against average.

The Broncos are 0-1-1-0 in the Memorial Cup, losing their opening game 4-3 in overtime to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Swift Current play the host Regina Pats on Wednesday at 8:00 PM MDT.

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