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WEEKLY RECAP: July 16-22

Don't miss out on any of the content from the off-season with our Weekly Recap

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

After a whirlwind start to the summer months, the hockey news has slowed down quite a bit but there's still plenty of content on EdmontonOilers.com.

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NHL.com: Bear raising game, expectations for Oilers

Defenseman prospect's prowess in own end catching up to ability in offensive zone

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

Edmonton Oilers defenseman prospect Ethan Bear played through the pain for Seattle in the Western Hockey League playoffs last season, and has the scar to prove it.

Bear, 20, broke the index finger on his left hand blocking a shot in Game 3 of the WHL Western Conference Final against Kelowna. He missed the final three games of the series, but returned to play against Regina in the final, helping Seattle win its first league championship.

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GAME CHANGER: Gryba clinches playoffs

Eric Gryba provided a game-changing moment when his goal against the Kings clinched a playoff berth

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

It was a game many Oilers fans, especially those in attendance, won't soon forget. The club's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings secured their first playoff berth since 2006. It all came on Fan Appreciation Night as well, a fitting end to the then-longest drought in the League.

READ: In Depth: Behind the Beard

While Connor McDavid provided plenty of excitement, scoring the go-ahead goal at 14:44 of the first, it was an unlikely hero who actually secured the victory and sent Rogers Place into fits of celebration.

Submit your own favourite game-changing moment

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Untapped Potential

Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades.

by Cam Tait Habitat For Humanity / OilersFoundation.ca

Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades. 

Video: ICE Level | Habitat for Humanity

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Oilers Foundation gifts record $3.6 million to community initiatives

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is proud to announce the strongest gifting year on record following an amazing 2016-17 season of activity for the Oilers Foundation, culminating in a total donation amount of $3.6 million to charities and minor hockey groups throughout Northern Alberta.

With a focus on philanthropic leadership in health and wellness, education and minor hockey for youth across Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to helping eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to build strong, vibrant and safe communities.

Video: ICE Level | Oilers Foundation

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Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Walk FORE Kids

Support the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation on Sunday, August 6

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) -- Walking FORE a cause! The Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON unveiled its charitable component to complement Edmonton's 2nd annual Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada event, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Walk FORE Kids, in support of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

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BLOG: Simpson thinks Condors makeover will be beneficial

Defenceman Dillon Simpson likes how the Bakersfield Condors roster looks heading into the 2017-18 season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Bakersfield Condors' roster will be different going into the 2017-18 season.

On July 1, the Edmonton Oilers signed forward Mitch Callahan and defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contracts. They also inked forwards Grayson Downing, Brian Ferlin and Ty Rattie, as well as defenceman Keegan Lowe and goaltender Edward Pasquale to one-year contracts.

Some prospects could also make the jump from junior to pro, including defencemen Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha and Ziyat Paigin, leaving the team made of a good mix of rookies and veterans.

"It seems like a complete makeover and I think a lot of those additions will have great effects for everyone," said defenceman Dillon Simpson on Oilers Now Monday. 

"When you have that kind of base around you on a minor league team, it makes a difference."

Simpson commented on two of the defensive additions the team could see.

"Mantha is a guy with a lot of size and can move well for a big guy," Simpson said.

Russian defender Paigin is the other. 

"For Ziyat, he's a great guy," Simpson said. "He's here with us now training. He can jump up offensively, can get up in the rush and has a big shot."

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BLOG: Simpson intends to be more demanding on the ice

Defenceman Dillon Simpson wants to incorporate more urgency in his game next season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

After inking a one-year contract with the Oilers on Sunday, defender Dillon Simpson knows what he wants to implement in his game for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

"Just to play more of an aggressive game," the Edmonton product said Monday on Oilers Now. "In years past, I was a bit more passive."

There are certain facets Simpson will manufacture on the ice in his effort to be more aggressive.

"Just be more demanding," he said. "Demand the puck, be more of a presence out on the ice, maybe find my opportunities to jump in the play."

Simpson plans to play that way in either Edmonton or Bakersfield with the Condors.

"In Bakersfield, try to assert myself as a guy who can help out offensively when the situation is there."

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BLOG: Simpson ready to return

Defenceman Dillon Simpson spoke on Oilers Now a day after signing a one-year contract with the Oilers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year contract on Sunday.

Simpson spoke on Oilers Now a day later to talk about the signing and returning to Edmonton.

"I definitely wanted to come back and with the McDavid thing, we had to wait a little bit," Simpson said. 

"It was great to get done on the weekend."

The Oilers drafted Simpson in the fourth round (92nd-overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The blueliner has spent the bulk of his time with the organization in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors. 

The Edmonton native is aware of the steps he needs to make in his next season.

"I think for me, coming in knowing what they expect of me and how they want me to improve this coming year is big," Simpson said. "Last year getting in a few games was a step in the right direction.

"At the end of the day, it's a place I wanted to be back in and it's on me to play well."

Simpson played three games with the Oilers last season.

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