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McDavid reflects on playoff experience

Connor McDavid spoke to reporters at BioSteel Camp and talked about the team's playoff experience

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Edmonton Oilers Captain Connor McDavid is in Toronto, and while he has his sights set on the upcoming 2017-18 season, the third-year player can reflect on the steps his team took in their most recent campaign.

The Oilers broke their playoff drought, earning a spot in the post-season for the first time since 2006. They were largely led by their youthful core, including McDavid - the NHL's leading scorer. As such a young team, the experience gained in their first-round victory over San Jose and second-round loss to Anaheim should prove useful heading into the new season.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: Connor McDavid spoke about how being a Stanley Cup contender doesn't change the #Oilers' approach to the season.

"I think after going through the playoffs, you definitely get a sense for how important it is to go through it at least once before you win," said McDavid, speaking to reporters in Toronto.

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BLOG: NHLN predicts Talbot could eclipse 42 wins

And Connor McDavid could achieve a 120-point campaign in the near future

by Paul Gazzola /

In sticking with the solar eclipse theme on Monday, the NHL Network predicted what records could be eclipsed in the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season.

Playing the part of a prognosticator, three-time Stanley Cup winning NHL defenceman and current New Jersey Devils colour analyst Ken Daneyko believes Oilers netminder Cam Talbot could exceed his win total from 2016-17.

Talbot posted a 42-22-8 record last season in 73 games played. He ended the year with a .919 save percentage and 2.39 goals-against average, also registering seven shutouts.

Talbot surpassed Grant Fuhr for the most single-season wins by an Oilers netminder with 42, which tied for most in the League.

Video: Predicting which records will be eclipsed this season

"Cam Talbot had a terrific year and let's not forget, goaltenders will tell you it's a lot about your team and how good they are in front of you," said Daneyko. 

"He was a model of consistency and durability but yes, I would say he's going to eclipse 42 (wins) or at least hit 42 again because I'm a believer of the Edmonton Oilers."

Daneyko also predicted Oilers Captain Connor McDavid could one day achieve a 120-point campaign.

"I think he might one of these years, not this season, but he's going to be around there," he said.

"It's going to be done one of these years... If there's a guy that's going to do it, it'll be Connor McDavid sometime in the near future."

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BLOG: Talbot reveals new mask

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot revealed his new mask design ahead of the 2017-18 campaign

by Paul Gazzola /

Cam Talbot ain't afraid of no ghost.

The Oilers netminder unveiled his new mask for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Monday and it displays a slight modification to the trademark Ghostbusters logo, a theme he's been known to don in the past.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The finished product has arrived!

Talbot's mask features two ghosts on its left side. Both clinch baby soothers, while one is decorated with a baby bow and eyelashes - depicting the starter's twin children Landon and Sloane.

The bucket was designed and painted by David Gunnarsson, a professional artist and well-known mask designer.

The headgear also contains the orange slime from Talbot's previous helmet, in addition to what appears to be a wooden goalie stick separating the Talbot Twins ghosts - who turn one in October.

Just in time for Halloween.

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Oilers rookies set to take on MacEwan-NAIT All-Star Team

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The Edmonton Oilers rookies will faceoff against a MacEwan-NAIT All-Star Team comprised of players from the MacEwan Griffins and NAIT Ooks at Rogers Place on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.

Upon returning from the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, British Columbia (Sept. 8-11), the Oilers rookies will play the MacEwan-NAIT All-Star Team in its final exhibition game before Oilers Training Camp opens on September 14.

"We are excited to partner with MacEwan University and NAIT for the 2017 Oilers Rookie Game," said Edmonton Oilers Director of Salary Cap Management & Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations Bill Scott. "MacEwan's men's and women's hockey programs play out of the Downtown Community Arena and both the Griffins and the Ooks helped us open Rogers Place in 2016 by playing in test games. This is a great opportunity to promote hockey programming at the post-secondary level in downtown Edmonton and continue to develop Edmonton as a hockey centre of excellence."

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GAME CHANGER: McDavid beats the buzzer

Connor McDavid lifted the Oilers past the Florida Panthers with his overtime buzzer-beater in January

by Paul Gazzola /

Connor McDavid didn't have to look up to the scoreboard to know how much time was left.

Tied 3-3 in the extra frame against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Place and with only a few seconds remaining, the Oilers Captain was launched on a breakaway off a pass from a visibly exhausted Leon Draisaitl.

Video: FLA@EDM: McDavid shows off quick hands for OT win

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BLOG: McDavid ranked No. 1 centre

The NHL Network has Oilers Captain Connor McDavid pegged as the best centreman in the League

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers Captain Connor McDavid is ranked the top centreman in the National Hockey League by the NHL Network.

McDavid, who recorded 30 goals and 70 assists to lead the League in scoring with 100 points last season, edged out Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for the No. 1 spot.

Video: Connor McDavid takes the No. 1 spot

Evgeni Malkin, Auston Matthews and Nicklas Backstrom rounded out the rest of the top five, while Leon Draisaitl came in at No. 15.

McDavid becomes the second Oiler to rank in the top 10 by the NHL Network, as goaltender Cam Talbot was pegged the seventh-best goalie in the League a few weeks ago.

Video: NHL Network unveils the Top 20 Centers Right Now

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WEEKLY RECAP: August 13-19

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

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers locked up one of their young stars to a big, long-term contract, we gave you Off-Season Oil and Oil Archive, and we continued our Game Changers series.

Here's the rundown of what happened on this week.

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GAME CHANGER: Draisaitl's Hatty

Leon Draisaitl scored three goals in a Game 6 win with Edmonton facing elimination

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

When facing elimination, you need your stars to rise to the occasion.

On this night, that star was Leon Draisaitl.

Video: ANA@EDM, Gm6: Draisaitl completes the hat trick

Submit your own favourite game-changing performance or moment

On May 7, Edmonton hosted the Anaheim Ducks for a critical Game 6 showdown at Rogers Place. It was that evening that a young Oilers team showed they had the guts to take on an opponent when their backs were against the wall.

Right from the start, this one was all Oilers.

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OIL ARCHIVE: Top photos of 2016-17 Part 2

Relive some memorable moments from 2016-17 in Part 2 of Oil Archive

by Staff /

Relive's favourite moments from 2016-17 with standout photos from the season in Part 2 of Oil Archive.

All credit to Andy Devlin.

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BLOG: Oilers off-season checklist nearly complete

With Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and a handful of Oilers signed, Peter Chiarelli's off-season checklist is nearly complete

by Paul Gazzola /

It was only a few months ago when Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli was standing at the Oilers Hall of Fame Room podium announcing his intentions for the upcoming summer.

"We've got some significant signings that we have to do in a certain order, then there are guys that we'd like to have back and we've got to find a way to fit them in," said Chiarelli in May.

Connor McDavid was signed on July 5, and Leon Draisaitl inked a new eight-year contract on Wednesday.

Zack Kassian, Kris Russell, Eric Gryba, Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen were also all signed over the past few months.

There's little doubt Chiarelli's hands were full keeping his core intact but after the Draisaitl contract, the checklist is nearly complete. 

"We may add a player or two on a tryout but we'll see how that unfolds in the next week or two," Chiarelli said via phone Wednesday.

Given the Oilers off-season goals almost completely achieved, one question remains.

Is it October yet?

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