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RELEASE: Oilers sign Scottie Upshall to professional tryout

The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout (PTO).

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout (PTO). 

Upshall, 34, appeared in 63 games for St. Louis last season, posting 19 points (7G, 19A), 46 penalty minutes and a -1 plus-minus rating. The native of Fort McMurray, AB, has played 759 career NHL games over 15 seasons, with Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Arizona, Columbus, Florida and St. Louis.

The 6'0", 201-pound forward has 285 career NHL points (138G, 147A), 615 penalty minutes, and a +9 plus-minus rating. Upshall also appeared in 53 playoff games, posting 13 points (5G, 8A), 66 penalty minutes and a -3 plus-minus rating. 

Upshall has played for Canada internationally on four occasions, winning silver medals at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships, as well as at the 2009 World Hockey Championship. He won gold with Canada's Under-18 program at the 2000 Four Nations Cup (now called the Hlinka Gretzky Cup).

Upshall was originally drafted by Nashville in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft.

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ROSTER REDUX: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Oilers forward looks to build off the confidence he sustained in 2017-18

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, EdmontonOilers.com is taking a look back at the '17-18 individual performances of the Oilers in our series 'Roster Redux'

EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' worth to the Oilers is not to be undersold.

To paraphrase, the Nuge is huge.

The utility forward, perennially known as the Oilers most reliable two-way centre, became Connor McDavid's certified left winger to end the 2017-18 season - forming a tenacious offensive tandem with the team captain.

Nugent-Hopkins tied his career-high in goals in '17-18 with 24, also recording the same number of helpers for 48 points in 62 outings. But even before flanking McDavid, the alternate captain remained a consistent provider, not going more than three games without a point all campaign even after missing significant time due to a rib injury.

Video: RAW | RNH Exit Interview

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ROSTER REDUX: Cam Talbot

The 31-year-old netminder is focusing on a good start to the season with the plan of continuing to play as many games as possible for the Oilers

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, EdmontonOilers.com is taking a look back at the '17-18 individual performances of the Oilers in our series 'Roster Redux'

EDMONTON, AB - After two seasons in Oil Country, it's clear goaltender Cam Talbot enjoys the heavy workload.

"You guys know me," the 31-year-old said to the media back in April during his exit interview. "I like to be in the net and I don't want many days off."

His wish has been granted so far during his tenure as an Oilers netminder.

Video: RAW | Talbot Exit Interview

The Caledonia, ON product played 73 regular season games (including 13 more appearances during the playoffs) in 2016-17 with a .919 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average, including seven shutouts. If an early-season injury didn't keep Talbot out of the lineup for seven games in December during the 2017-18 NHL campaign, his 67 games played easily could've been higher and surpassed his previous total.

The Oilers struggled out of the gate with a 10-13-2 record at the time of his injury, and it was a slump that Talbot and the team admittedly couldn't break.

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RELEASE: Oilers statement on passing of Frank Jay

The Edmonton Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Oilers amateur scout Frank Jay on Tuesday, August 14.

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Oilers amateur scout Frank Jay on Tuesday, August 14.

Jay, 67, was a member of the Oilers scouting staff from 2016 through 2018. He also served in a variety of scouting capacity for Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec and New Jersey.  

"On behalf of the entire Oilers organization, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Frank's family and many friends," said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. "Frank was a great colleague and friend who devoted over 40 years to evaluating the hockey stars of the future. He will be greatly missed by his many friends with the Oilers and throughout the hockey community."

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ROSTER REDUX: Drake Caggiula

Oilers winger seeking a more productive, consistent season in 2018-19

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, EdmontonOilers.com is taking a look back at the '17-18 individual performances of the Oilers in our series 'Roster Redux'

EDMONTON, AB - Not only will Drake Caggiula be entering the 2018-19 campaign with a few fresh pearly whites, the Oilers forward will be coming in with a new contract and blank slate.

The 5-foot-10 forward, who agreed to terms on a two-year pact with the Oilers on June 14, also enters the campaign with knowledge of what areas of his game he needs to improve after a self-admitted "up-and-down" year that saw the Pickering, ON, native notch 13 goals and seven assists for 20 total points in 67 games - six strikes and two points more than he compiled as a rookie.

Video: RAW | Caggiula Exit Interview

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FEATURE: Glenn Anderson returns to his charity event as Honourary Chair

After starting the charity event 30 years ago, the Oilers Hall of Famer never knew how much it would impact his life

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The year was 1989 and, like his teammates, a 28-year-old Glenn Anderson went on to start a charity.

"Thirty years later who knew this wo­uld exist," Anderson exclaimed, talking about the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic. "The whole team had at least one charity and we supported each and every one. Our team and our dynasty were part of the community - we were part of Edmonton and Edmonton was part of the Oilers."

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BLOG: Sekera out indefinitely

Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera will be sidelined indefinitely following an off-season injury, undergoing successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn achilles tendon

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera will be sidelined indefinitely following an off-season injury, undergoing successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn achilles tendon.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #Oilers d-man Andrej Sekera underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Sekera was injured during an off-season training session & will be sidelined indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/Wum0OS6ZFb

Sekera, 32, posted eight points in 32 games on the blue-line for the Oilers during an injury-shortened season in 2017-18 before posting a goal and two assists in seven games with Slovakia at this year's IIHF World Championships in Denmark.

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ROSTER REDUX: Oscar Klefbom

EdmontonOilers.com continues its 'Roster Redux' series looking at defenceman Oscar Klefbom's injury-shortened season and his search for a rebound year

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, EdmontonOilers.com is taking a look back at the '17-18 individual performances of the Oilers in our series 'Roster Redux'

EDMONTON, AB - When you're feeling the bumps and bruises of a long season deep into a playoff run, you play through the pain.

During the 2017 Western Conference Finals, that's exactly what Oscar Klefbom did despite the wear and tear of a shoulder problem that's served as a nuisance to the 25-year-old at times during his professional career.

"There was a lot stuff going on in [the shoulder]," Klefbom said in his exit interview. "It's been going on for many, many years but obviously last year wasn't a good time to go in and have surgery with us in the play-offs."

Video: RAW | Klefbom Exit Interview

The Swedish defenceman registered 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in a full 82 games for the Oilers in 2016-17, including five points in 12 games during the club's first playoff appearance in a decade.

Despite renewed optimism, Klefbom felt the shoulder's impact last season, scoring 21 points in 66 games and missing the final 10 games with season-ending surgery in March.

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BLOG: NBC televising seven Oilers games in 2018-19

Oilers will face Tampa Bay, San Jose, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and others on U.S. network

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Who doesn't love a call from the Doc?

NBC and NBCSN announced its 2018-19 NHL schedule on Monday and the Oilers will be featured on the network seven times, facing teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils, among others.

"We have dug deep to make sure we are touching all the right markets," said NBC and NBC Sports President and Executive Producer Sam Flood. "We are touching Canada in a way we never have before."

Out of all the Canadian markets, the Oilers will be shown the most. Toronto is slated to be televised on the network six times, Winnipeg five, Calgary twice and Montreal once. The Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks are the only two clubs to not be aired.

The Oilers first match on the network will be on Nov. 6, against the Lightning. Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby will meet on Feb. 13, 2019, and the Oilers will battle Taylor Hall and the Devils on Mar. 13.

"It's a new world," said Flood. "We need to embrace and celebrate those teams more than we ever have before. It doesn't take away from those great Pittsburgh-Philadelphia games and Bruins-Canadiens games. We will keep doing those, but we have to lean into some different matchups."

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ROSTER REDUX: Connor McDavid

EdmontonOilers.com kicks off its 'Roster Redux' series with a look at Oilers Captain Connor McDavid's 2017-18 season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, EdmontonOilers.com is taking a look back at the '17-18 individual performances of the Oilers in our series 'Roster Redux'

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid did all he could and more.

The Oilers Captain suited up in all 82 of his club's outings in 2017-18, establishing career-highs in goals (41) and points (108) despite battling an early season sickness, which was no detriment to the star's production.

The centre had 32 multi-point performances, scored 26 goals in the final 33 games of the season - at one point lighting the lamp four times in one game - and was by far the biggest 5-on-5 threat in the National Hockey League, compiling 84 even strength points.

Video: RAW | McDavid Exit Interview

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