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ALL-STAR: McDavid, Draisaitl garner praise from Pacific Division peers

"Of course, the scoring race shows itself. McDavid and Draisaitl are on top for a reason," Canucks forward Elias Pettersson said

by Jamie Umbach /

ST. LOUIS, MO - Plaudits for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl from their Pacific Division peers aren't short.

They shouldn't have been, as more often than other teams in the NHL, they find themselves on the receiving end of the Dynamic Duo's destruction.

The Oilers tandem of McDavid and Draisaitl sit first and second in the NHL's scoring race at the 49-game mark and All-Star break with respective 76- and 75-point totals. That reality isn't lost on anyone around the League, especially those going toe-to-toe with them in a packed Pacific Division race.

"The standings are tight in our division," Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson said at NHL All-Star Media Day on Thursday. "Every point matters and it's going to be the last stretch when teams are fighting for points and games are going to be tougher to win. 

"Of course, the scoring race shows itself. McDavid and Draisaitl are on top for a reason, and they play really well together. It's impressive and it's fun to play against them."

Video: ALL-STAR | Elias Pettersson 01.23.20

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ALL-STAR: All content from the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend and OilersTV are on-site at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend; follow along throughout the week for news, videos and more from St. Louis

by Staff /

ST. LOUIS, MO - and OilersTV are on-site at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, where Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will represent the Oilers and compete for the Pacific Division.

Check back regularly throughout for content from this weekend's festivities including Thursday's Media Day, Friday's Skills Competition and the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday at the Enterprise Center.

Video: ALL-STAR | Max Pacioretty 01.23.20 

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ALL-STAR: Oilers all-stars receive Skills Comp assignments

McDavid looks to win fourth consecutive Fastest Skater title, Draisaitl to snipe targets in Accuracy Shooting event

by Staff /

ST. LOUIS, MO - Connor McDavid will look to win his fourth consecutive Fastest Skater title while Leon Draisaitl will participate in Accuracy Shooting as NHL All-Star Skills Competition assignments were announced on Thursday night.

McDavid made his way around the ice in 13.378 seconds last year in San Jose to cement his status as the League's fastest man on skates.

His competition on Friday will be Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, Anthony Duclair of the Ottawa Senators, Travis Konecny of the Philadelphia Flyers and Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks.

Video: THE DRILL | E09: All-Star Weekend

Draisaitl won the Premier Passer event at last year's Skills Competition and will look to capture another title on Friday in the Accuracy Shooting showdown.

The other participants will be Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes, Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers, Nico Hischier of the New Jersey Devils, Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks, Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues and Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL All-Star Skills Competition will begin at 6pm MT on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA in Canada, as well as NBCSN in the United States.

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ALL-STAR: Seth Jones 'ecstatic' over brother Caleb's success

"He's getting his opportunities in Edmonton, he's playing and staying up, and I was ecstatic to see he signed a two-year deal there," said the Columbus defenceman

by Jamie Umbach /

ST. LOUIS, MO - Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones has been picking up the tab for his younger brother Caleb for years.

The 25-year-old now hopes a new two-year extension for his brother with the Oilers will buck that trend.

After Caleb put pen to paper on a new extension with the Oilers earlier this month, Seth took to Twitter in hopes of getting a bit more financial contribution moving forward.

Tweet from @seth_jones3: Congrats bro! Hopefully your wallet comes out of hiding now💰💰 @Jones4Caleb

When asked during NHL All-Star Media Day at the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis on Thursday if he's seen any results yet from his call-out, he claimed you might have to go to Mexico to find out.

"I don't know, it depends on who you ask," Seth laughed. "He's in Cabo right now for the bye week, so hopefully for somebody else he opens it up a bit."

The Jones brothers shared an upbringing and have trained together every off-season, much the same in how they've shared their NHL journeys since Caleb cracked the ranks of the NHL with a 17-game call-up that produced a goal and five assists last season.

Video: ALL-STAR | Seth Jones 01.23.20

"We work out in the summer every year together, on and off the ice. It's been awesome trying to push him to become better," Seth said.

"He's getting his opportunities in Edmonton, he's playing and staying up, and I was ecstatic to see he signed a two-year deal there. Any time the organization can show confidence in him, that's obviously a big deal for him. Hopefully he'll continue to grow."

Just as he has before, Seth's looking forward to helping Caleb earn every penny on the ice while squeezing every dollar out of him off it.

"I'll be right there with him this summer pushing him to become better and get bigger, faster, and stronger."

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CONDORS: All stories and videos from Condorstown and OilersTV were on location in Bakersfield, California, for a full week of updates on the Condors

by Staff / and OilersTV visited Bakersfield, California, to get an update on the Condors while the Oilers were away for the bye week and NHL All-Star break.

Stay tuned every day for video and written features on the Condors.

Video: CONDORS | Gambardella & Marody 




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BLOG: Bouchard joins Benson on AHL All-Star team

Oilers defence prospect added to Pacific Division roster for AHL All-Star Classic, joining Bakersfield Condors teammate

by Staff /

EDMONTON, AB - Tyler Benson is no longer the only Bakersfield Condors player and Oilers prospect headed to the AHL All-Star Classic, as Evan Bouchard has been added to the Pacific Division roster.

The 20-year-old 10th-overall draft pick from 2018 leads all AHL rookie defencemen in goals with seven and ranks 11th overall in scoring among blueliners with 24 points in 40 games.

Tweet from @Condors: The Bouch 💣 is headed to the #AHLAllStar ������@EvanBouchard02 will join @TylerBenson_17 in representing #Condorstown on the national stage Sunday & Monday ������

Bouchard played seven games with the Oilers to start the 2018-19 season, scoring one goal, before tallying 74 total regular season and playoff points in 56 games with the OHL's London Knights.

The AHL All-Star Classic will be hosted by the Ontario Reign this coming Sunday and Monday.

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GENE'S BLOG: Breaking Good

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the position the Oilers are in at the bye week and NHL All-Star break

by Gene Principe /

The weather is nice and it's the perfect timing to get outdoors after last week's deep freeze. There are fewer reasons to be indoors if you're a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. 

No Oilers to watch on Sportsnet and none to see in person at Rogers Place. A great time to catch up on some household chores, get outside for a walk, go to the local rink for a skate or just spend some of that 'hockey time' doing other things. Those could be some of the things you have been doing during the CBA mandated bye week with the NHL All-Star break all rolled up into one. 

If you're the Edmonton Oilers, the break came at a time when the team is playing their best hockey of the season or at least the year. The Oilers burst out of the gate to win their first five straight and then went to 7-1-0. 

Video: SLO-MO MONDAY | Week 16

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BLOG: Oilers prospects to play at Young Stars Classic

After a two-year hiatus, Edmonton will return to Penticton in September for the rookie showcase that will also include Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg

by Staff /

EDMONTON, AB - After a two-year hiatus, Oilers prospects will return to the Okanagan in September to participate in the Young Stars Classic, hosted by the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks announced Tuesday that the City of Penticton will host the 2020 Young Stars Classic for the ninth year at the South Okanagan Events Centre, from Friday, Sept. 11 to Tuesday, Sept. 15. The four-team, round-robin tournament will feature prospects from the Oilers, Canucks, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets.

"We are very excited to once again hold the Young Stars Classic in Penticton," said Jim Benning, Canucks General Manager. "The Young Stars tournament provides an opportunity to evaluate top NHL prospects in competitive, high-caliber games. We're grateful to the South Okanagan Events Centre and the City of Penticton for providing their first-class facility and hospitality."

The Oilers prospects will play Vancouver on Sept. 12, Calgary on Sept. 13 and Winnipeg on Sept. 15. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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CONDORS: Woodcroft still building in Bakersfield

"I take a lot of pride in talking to as many learned people as I can - whether they're in the profession or not - to try and find new ways to be the best that I can be," Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said

by Paul Gazzola /

BAKERSFIELD, CA - In just one full season in California, Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft has much to be proud of.

As a head professor at Condors Hockey Academy, Woodcroft's witnessed a handful of his players perform the tossing of the cap in their graduation from American League hockey to the National League.

Video: CONDORS | 1-on-1 Jay Woodcroft

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BLOG: Manning suspended five games by AHL

The Condors defenceman was assessed a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct in Monday's game against Ontario

by Staff /

EDMONTON, AB - Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning has been suspended for five games by the American Hockey League after being assessed a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct in Monday's contest with the Ontario Reign.

The Edmonton Oilers issued the following statement:

"We are aware of an unacceptable comment directed toward an Ontario Reign player by Bakersfield Condors defencemen Brandon Manning during last night's game. This is a very serious matter, we are disappointed by Brandon's comment and we fully support the American Hockey League's decision. The Oilers and Condors organizations wholeheartedly believe in a respectful workplace and will work to better educate our players on appropriate conduct on and off the ice." -- Keith Gretzky, General Manager, Bakersfield Condors/Assistant General Manager, Edmonton Oilers

Brandon Manning issued the following statement:

"Last night I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive. After the game I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I'm very grateful for. He allowed me to apologize and I took full responsibility for what I said."

"To say I've learned from this situation is an understatement and I promise to be better." -- Brandon Manning, Bakersfield Condors defenceman


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