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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 / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Edmonton Oilers Captain Connor McDavid is at BioSteel Camp 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.

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"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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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 / EdmontonOilers.com

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

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

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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FEATURE: Leon locked in long term

"I never thought about going anywhere else," said Draisaitl

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Breathe easy, Oil Country.

Leon is locked in long term.

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Oilers sign Leon Draisaitl to contract extension

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million.

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games. He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers. He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

The 6'1", 216-pound forward tied for the team lead with 27 power play points (3G, 24A) and also had five game-winning goals, three of which came in overtime. His 27 power play points ranked tied for eighth in the NHL.

He also led the Oilers in scoring during the 2017 playoffs, posting 16 points (6G, 10A) in 13 games.

Over 191 career regular season games with the Oilers, he has accumulated 137 points (50G, 87A) and 44 penalty minutes.

Draisaitl has played internationally for Germany at three World Hockey Championships (2014, 2016, 2017), two World Junior Hockey Championships (2013, 2014) and two Under 18 World Hockey Championships (2012, 2013). He was also the youngest member of Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, contributing two goals in six games, reaching the final against Team Canada.

Draisaitl was selected by the Oilers in the first round, 3rd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

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OFF-SEASON OIL

Get caught up on all the Oilers summer action with Off-Season Oil

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

As the Oilers inch closer to NHL camp next month, they're taking plenty of time for adventures amidst their training. From trips to the Magic Kingdom, lake living, golf tournaments and horseback riding in the deep woods, follow along as your favourite players document their summers on social media.

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GAME CHANGER: Russell's snipe

Defenceman Kris Russell was a game changer with his third-period snipe against the Florida Panthers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

It was his first goal of the season and it proved to be a game changer.

Oilers defenceman Kris Russell provided the Oilers with their 33rd win of the 2016-17 campaign with his third-period snipe against the Florida Panthers, ending the Panther's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 Edmonton victory.

Submit your own favourite game-changing performance or moment

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WEEKLY RECAP: August 6-12

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

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

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

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31 in 31

Inside look at Edmonton Oilers

McDavid-led core ready to take another step after ending 10-year playoff drought

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Edmonton Oilers.

Expectations are high for the Edmonton Oilers entering this season, and why not? 

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Three questions facing Edmonton Oilers

Increased pressure, Draisaitl contract situation among concerns

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Edmonton Oilers.

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31 in 31

Edmonton Oilers key statistics

McDavid best in NHL at drawing penalties, Jokinen could be top bargain of free agency

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Edmonton Oilers.

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31 in 31

Edmonton Oilers fantasy preview for 2017-18

Fewer starts for Talbot could lead to better results; Klefbom has 50-point upside with expanded role

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the Edmonton Oilers.

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Top prospects for Edmonton Oilers

Puljujarvi, No. 4 pick in 2016 Draft, expected to take next step this season

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Edmonton Oilers.

The Edmonton Oilers failed to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, a drought directly tied to their draft and development weaknesses.

But after the Oilers clinched a berth last season, they are hoping an overhauled scouting and development system under general manager Peter Chiarelli will make them regular postseason participants.

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GAME CHANGER: Oilers five-goal flurry

Down 4-2 heading into the third period in Denver against the Avs, the Oilers changed the outcome of the game with a five-goal final frame

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The players were the first to admit it wasn't their best effort, despite a 7-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche in March.

Down 2-0 at the midway mark of the first period, then 4-2 after 40 minutes of play, the Oilers scored five unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes remaining to change the complexion of the game and in the end, the outcome.

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GAME CHANGER: Talbot kings the crease

Cam Talbot's 38-save clinic over the Chicago Blackhawks was a game-changing performance

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Maybe it was Artem Anisimov's slippery shot from the blue paint, stymied by a butterfly stance early in the opening period.

Or Artemi Panarin's steaming one-timer served on a platter from Patrick Kane but ordered back by the blocker.

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GAME CHANGER: Slepyshev's series-winner

Anton Slepyshev provided a game-changing moment with his series-winning goal in Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

It was like déjà vu.

Because just under a minute before Anton Slepyshev was raising his arms in celebration after scoring a breakaway goal on San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones - what proved to be the series-winning goal - Leon Draisaitl did the same.

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WEEKLY RECAP: July 30-August 5

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

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Oilers Hockey School continued on with a very special guest and The Great One, as well as some current Oilers, visited the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON.

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

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FEATURE: Strome excited to help Oilers win

Trade acquisition Ryan Strome is excited to join a promising Oilers club and ready to help them rack up the wins

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - A short, four-word phrase defines Ryan Strome's goals in Edmonton.

"I want to win."

In his quest for both personal resurgence and team success, Strome believes the Oilers organization provides the perfect avenue to achieve those goals.

Video: RAW | Ryan Strome

"I'm just excited to come to a team that I think is really close to winning," said Strome.

"It doesn't seem too long ago that I was watching the playoffs. I was sitting up until two in the morning with my buddies watching the game like, 'Wow, these guys are quite the team.'"

Thanks to a trade on June 22, Strome is a part of that team.

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Oilers hire Vaclav Burda

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Vaclav Burda as the Club's Director of European Scouting

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Edmonton, AB -- The Edmonton Oilers have hired Vaclav Burda as the Club's Director of European Scouting.

Burda, a native of Prague, Czech Republic, enjoyed a 12-year professional career, playing the majority with Sparta Praha in the Czech Elite League. His final three seasons were spent with Lulea in the Swedish Elite League, before retiring after the 2001-02 season.

Off the ice, Burda spent the last 13 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, joining the team as a European Scout in 2004-05. After four seasons in that capacity, he became the Senators Director of European Scouting in 2008-09.

Burda will join the Oilers scouting staff and report directly to Bob Green, Oilers Director of Player Personnel.

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FEATURE: The team dynamic

Over social media, the Oilers have displayed how tight their group is heading into the 2017-18 season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Whether defending a teammate on the ice or ribbing one on social media, there's little doubt that the Oilers have become a close team.

It started during the 2016-17 season when the club began piling wins and soaring up the National Hockey League standings. They did so as a collective but as players achieved milestones or individual accolades, teammates showed their support on every occasion - growing closer and closer with each congratulation.

Video: 1-ON-1 | Cam Talbot

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FEATURE: Oilers eyeing training camp

As the calendar flips to August, some Oilers are beginning to eye the beginning of training camp

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

They're on the golf course gripping clubs, but not long from now they'll be at the arena clutching sticks.

Oilers Cam Talbot, Mark Letestu and Matt Benning found themselves squaring up at the tee box Tuesday at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON but couldn't help admit they are eager to substitute the links for the rinks.

Video: 1-ON-1 | Mark Letestu

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Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON coverage

All the content links from the Oilers appearances at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Multiple Oilers alumni and current players joined in on the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON Celebrity Pro-Am. Check back throughout the week for updated links to video interviews and written pieces.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Eager for the Ice

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GAME CHANGER: McDavid's opener

Connor McDavid was a game changer with his three-point night, which helped open Rogers Place with a win

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

It was a near perfect way to launch a new era.

The Oilers new captain, charged with leading the franchise to success, led the way on the ice as Edmonton cruised past their provincial rivals in their first regular season game in their new arena.

Video: McDavid lifts Oilers by Flames on opening night, 7-4

Edmonton opened Rogers Place on October 12, 2016 with a 7-4 win over the Calgary Flames, and Connor McDavid scored two goals and added an assist in the victory.

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GAME CHANGER: Kassian's crushing check

Oilers forward Zack Kassian provided a game-changing moment in Game 2 against the San Jose Sharks with his big hit on defenceman Brenden Dillon

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Nobody was going to stop the freight train that was Zack Kassian. 

The Oilers energizer was wheeling around the offensive zone in a scoreless Game 2 of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when he caught San Jose Sharks defenceman Brenden Dillon in his trolley tracks.

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WEEKLY RECAP: July 23-29

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

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The weeks are getting busier as the off-season continues in Oil Country.

In the week that was July 23-29, the Oilers announced when the 2017-18 season ticket sales would be available for purchase, Todd McLellan caught up with the media at a charity golf tournament, Cam Talbot visited Oilers Hockey School in St. Albert and more.

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GAME CHANGER: Klefbom's equalizer

Oscar Klefbom provided a game-changing moment in 2016-17 with his equalizer against San Jose in the playoffs

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

David Desharnais said it best following Game 5 of the opening round series between the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks.

"Anyone can be a hero - it just takes one shot."

Submit your own favourite game-changing performance or moment

Desharnais was speaking, of course, about his game-winning goal in overtime, which lifted the Oil to a 4-3 victory and 3-2 series lead. But there was another game-changing moment that came before that memorable goal.

Desharnais happened to be the man to set up this moment as well.

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Summer continues

Catch up with your favourite Oilers as they work their way through the summer and gear up for the season ahead

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

The off-season is moving along and the Oilers adventures continue. There have been birthday picnics by the ocean, concerts at Rogers Place and Eric Gryba challenging his teammates to post their workouts on social media. And naturally, they obliged. Catch up with your favourite Oilers as they work their way through the summer and gear up for the season ahead.

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FEATURE: First Edmonton summer

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot and his family decided to make Edmonton home this off-season, giving the Talbot clan a feel for their first Edmonton summer

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Cam Talbot might need navigation systems to help him find his destination sometimes, but that hasn't deterred the Oilers goaltender and his family from calling Edmonton home this off-season.

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Wednesday Oilers coverage

View all the content from Todd McLellan's media availability and Cam Talbot at Oilers Hockey School

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan attended the Mark Spector Golf Classic in Edmonton, while Cam Talbot visited with the kids at Oilers Hockey School in St. Albert. Click the links below for all the content from the day.

Video: RAW | Todd McLellan

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GAME CHANGER: Grand Larsson-y

Adam Larsson provided an offensively explosive night for the Oilers, helping Edmonton down the Ducks 5-3 in Game 1

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

It's not every day that Adam Larsson provides the kind of night offensively he did on April 27. In fact, his two-goal, three-point performance in Anaheim proved to be the first of its kind in his career. The defender had never before scored two goals in a game, let alone tack on the extra assist.

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Oilers all games on sale Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 AM

Tickets will be available for all games, but are expected to sell quickly!

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers announced today tickets for the entire 2017-18 Oilers home season will go on sale Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 AM MT.

Tickets will be available for all games, but are expected to sell quickly. The tickets will be available through the Club's website at EdmontonOilers.com.

Oilers home games of note in 2017-18 include the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on November 1, the League's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights on November 14 and two editions of the Battle of Alberta on October 4 (Opening Night) and January 25. 

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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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