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BLOG: Bouchard, Lavoie light the lamp in Sweden

Defenceman scores his third of the season while forward prospect picks up a pair in HockeyAllsvenskan action

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospects were all over the scoresheet in Sweden on Wednesday as the HockeyAllsvenskan regular season continued.

Defenceman Evan Bouchard is up to three goals and two assists in nine games with Sodertalje SK after he blasted home a power-play tally in a 4-2 win over BIK Karlskoga.

Forward Raphael Lavoie found the back of the net twice for Vasby IK in a 5-2 defeat against HC Vita Hasten, bringing him up to four goals and two assists in seven games.

Both players have been loaned by the Oilers to the Swedish clubs.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie with a pair of snipes for @VasbyHockey today in @HockeyAllsvensk action. pic.twitter.com/BZmeKbV9aG

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BLOG: Russell relishing role as mentor for young d-men

Veteran blueliner looking forward to spending more time assisting with the development of up-and-coming Oilers rearguards

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Kris Russell is looking to pay it forward.

When the 33-year-old defenceman broke into the league with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007-08, he was taken under the wings of NHL veterans like Adam Foote, Sergei Federov, Mike Peca and Jason Chimera. Foote, in particular, mentored Russell as a fellow blueliner who was 36 at the time and wrapping up a career that included 1,324 combined regular season and playoff games.

"I was very fortunate when I came into the league," Russell told Bob Stauffer on Friday's episode of Oilers Now on 630 CHED. "We had a lot of veteran guys in Columbus... [Head Coach Ken Hitchcock] put me right beside Adam Foote from the start of camp and that's where my stall ended up being.

"To learn from a guy like that and listen to a guy who played so hard and was such a great player in the league, from the day-to-day things he could help me with and how easy it was to come to him and talk to him and how available he made himself, that sure showed a lot to me."

Video: CBJ@EDM: Jones hammers one-timer past Korpisalo

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RELEASE: Oilers extend Kris Russell

Edmonton has signed defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season with an AAV of $1.25 million

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an average annual value (AAV) of $1.25 million.

Russell, 33, appeared in 55 games with the Oilers last season, posting 9 assists, 14 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. He also played in four games in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blueliner has appeared in 846 career NHL games over 13 seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary, Dallas and Edmonton, registering 236 points (46 goals, 190 assists), 259 penalty minutes and a -5 plus/minus rating. Russell has also recorded 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists), 24 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 53 career playoff games.

He originally joined the Oilers for the 2016-17 season as an unrestricted free agent.

Video: EDM@VGK: Russell fires point shot in off the post

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FEATURE: Tippett talks Turris, Barrie, Puljujarvi

Oilers bench boss discusses the team's two biggest free agent signings as well as the return of their 2016 first-round pick

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers will be a more well-rounded team up front next season thanks to their moves this month, according to Head Coach Dave Tippett.

The bench boss joined Bob Stauffer on Tuesday's episode of Oilers Now on 630 CHED to discuss some key additions to the roster with the signings of Kyle Turris and Tyson Barrie, as well as the reunion with Jesse Puljujarvi.

Specifically with regards to Turris and Puljujarvi, who both signed two-year contracts earlier this month, Tippett said the Oilers will have three forward lines capable of generating consistent offence, as opposed to two scoring lines and two checking lines, which was the case in 2019-20.

"I think the NHL has gone to top-nine forwards and then a role-playing fourth line," the coach said. "We were kind of top six and bottom six last year. With bringing in Kyle and with the addition of Puljujarvi, we'll get to where we feel a lot more comfortable with a top nine in offensive situations and in five-on-five situations."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Signing Season 10.09.20

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BLOG: Draisaitl meets tennis stars in Cologne

Reigning Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross winner joins fellow countryman Alexander Zverev and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on the court

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Last summer it was NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki, this off-season it's German tennis superstar Alexander Zverev.

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl continues to forge friendships with his fellow national sports heroes as he hit the hardcourt in his hometown on Monday with the finalists of the ATP Tour's 2020 Bett1Hulks Championship at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

The NHL's reigning Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Art Ross Trophy winner received some tennis pointers from Zverev and Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime before they traded their racquets for hockey sticks and Draisaitl returned the favour.

Tweet from @atptour: .@NHL MVP in the house! 🏠@EdmontonOilers' Leon Draisaitl paid a visit to @bett1hulks to meet @AlexZverev & @felixtennis 👊 pic.twitter.com/XvR3e0pXDb

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RELEASE: EOCF donates $5 million to Inner City Youth Development

Foundation contribution includes Inner City High School building and land, sets up Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is proud to announce a donation of more than $5 million to the Inner City Youth Development Association (ICYDA), which includes the Inner City High School building and land it resides on.

The donation from the EOCF allows Inner City High School (ICH) to become financially self-sufficient and sets up the Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability.  

The partnership began in 2008, when the EOCF was looking to identify a project that would leave a lasting legacy for the City of Edmonton. This project - the redevelopment of Inner City High School - perfectly met the goals of the EOCF and played a vital role in helping the City of Edmonton realize its vision of offering educational opportunities and support for marginalized youth.

Video: COMMUNITY | Inner City Luncheon 02.17.20

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BLOG: Jersey numbers announced

Oilers newcomers Kyle Turris, Tyson Barrie, Alan Quine and Anton Forsberg have selected their jersey numbers for the upcoming season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The newest Edmonton Oilers have selected their jersey numbers.

Forward Kyle Turris, who signed a two-year $3.3 million contract, will wear number 8, sticking with what he donned as a member of the Nashville Predators. He wore number 7 with the Ottawa Senators and number 91 with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Defenceman Tyson Barrie, who inked a one-year $3.75 million deal, has decided on number 22. He wore number 94 with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, as well as number 41 then number 4 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Forward Alan Quine, who agreed to terms on a one-year $750,000 contract, will wear number 26. He donned number 89 with the Calgary Flames, as well as number 10 with the New York Islanders.

Between the pipes, goalie Anton Forsberg, who signed a one-year $700,000 deal, will sport number 33. He wore number 31 previously with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, but that number hangs retired in the Rogers Place rafters thanks to the Hall of Fame career of Oilers legend Grant Fuhr.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: We may have seen a tweet or two about #Oilers jersey numbers this week... 😉 pic.twitter.com/Ii2H2IIWap

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FUTURE WATCH: Oilers prospects producing in Europe

McLeod and Benson putting up points in Switzerland, Rodrigue earns first pro victory in Austria, Bouchard and Lavoie scoring in Sweden

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have more players and prospects loaned to teams overseas than any other NHL club, and many of them are off to strong starts with their respective squads.

Ryan McLeod is playing for EV Zug in Switzerland's National League and has a pair of assists in three regular season games thus far. The forward, drafted 40th overall in 2018, also scored a goal and two assists in a Swiss Cup tournament game.

Fellow forward prospect Tyler Benson, drafted 32nd overall in 2016, is competing for the GCK Lions in Switzerland's second division, the Swiss League, and is averaging a point per game thus far with a goal and three assists in four appearances.

Next door in Austria, Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Rodrigue picked up his first professional victory on Sunday in his debut with the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League. The 62nd-overall pick in 2018 made 34 saves in a 6-2 win against EC VSV.

Tweet from @graz99ers: Great debut! https://t.co/LzlBLcsN3P

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BLOG: Puljujarvi piling up goals

Oilers winger has scored four times in two games with Karpat in Finland's Liiga after signing his two-year contract

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's been a good week for Jesse Puljujarvi.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with the Oilers in anticipation of his return to the NHL after a one-year absence.

On Thursday, the right-winger was brimming with confidence on a media conference call, showcasing his improved English and expressing his excitement over the fresh start.

On Friday, the fourth-overall pick in 2016 scored two goals and added an assist as his Karpat squad beat up on IFK Helsinki 7-3 in Liiga action.

And on Saturday, Puljujarvi picked up two more tallies and a helper as Karpat beat Pelicans 5-2, bringing his totals up to five goals and two assists in four games.

"We told Jesse he has to eat and sleep every now and then, but he said he is too busy scoring goals," quipped the Karpat Twitter account during Saturday's game.

Puljujarvi scored 24 goals and 29 assists in 56 games with Karpat last season.

Video: RAW | Jesse Puljujarvi 10.08.20

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BLOG: Signing with Oilers a 'no-brainer' for Barrie

Defenceman determined to 're-establish' himself as one of the NHL's best as he heads to Edmonton on a one-year contract

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - Tyson Barrie is betting on himself in 2020-21.

The veteran defenceman signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Oilers on Saturday as he looks to bounce back from a 2019-20 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs that saw his offensive production dip well below his previous two seasons.

Barrie scored 14 goals in back-to-back seasons with the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18 and 2018-19, with 57 and 59 points those years, respectively. But in his first and only season with Toronto, he put up five goals and 39 points.

The 29-year-old was making $5.5 million per season over the last four years, but he said he had no problem taking a pay cut for the opportunity to play in Edmonton.

"It was a no-brainer," he said. "With everything that's going on and coming off the year that I had, to be able to have a chance to go into Edmonton and play with this team on a one-year deal, it wasn't about money. I'm coming in to re-establish myself and show the league that I'm still a pretty good player.

"I'm just excited to show that I'm a helluva player and I've got a lot left to give. I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to show that."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Bounceback Barrie 10.10.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Tyson Barrie

Defenceman headed to Edmonton on a one-year contract, has scored 346 points in 554 career games with Colorado and Toronto

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent defenceman Tyson Barrie on a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

The 29-year-old has scored 80 goals and 266 assists in 554 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, the latter who selected him 64th overall at the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Victoria native's career-best season came in 2018-19 with Colorado as he tallied 14 goals and 45 assists in 78 games. He had five goals and 34 assists in 70 games with Toronto last season.

Barrie has also scored one goal and 13 assists in 26 post-season games.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Tyson Barrie 10.10.20

 

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Mike Smith

Edmonton opts to bring back the veteran netminder on a one-year, $2 million contract

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mike Smith on a one-year, $2 million contract.

The 38-year-old played for Edmonton during the 2019-20 season, posting a 19-12-6 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.

Smith has appeared in 610 career NHL games with a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Mike Smith 10.10.20

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BLOG: Ennis ahead of schedule on rehabilitation

Newly-signed Oilers forward had surgery on his ankle after he was injured against Chicago but has resumed skating

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - Good news? The Oilers signed forward Tyler Ennis on Friday.

Great news? The Edmonton native said he's ahead of schedule with his injury rehabilitation.

Ennis was acquired by the Oilers at the 2019-20 trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators and scored two goals and two assists in nine games before the season was paused in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 31-year-old had a goal and an assist during the Qualifying Round against Chicago until an end-boards collision with fellow local product Kirby Dach in Game 3 resulted in a broken bone in his leg and a premature end to his playoffs.

Shortly after his new one-year, $1 million contract was announced, Ennis said on a video conference his recovery is progressing and he's resumed skating.

"The rehab is going really well," he said. "I skated today with our trainers, I worked out. It's been a good process, obviously frustrating, but things are moving along smoothly... I think we're ahead of schedule, which is nice."

Even though he was techincally on the open market as of Friday at 10am MT, Ennis said his first choice for 2020-21 was staying in Edmonton and the Oilers soon obliged with the one-year deal.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Signing Season 10.09.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Kyle Turris

Veteran centreman inks two-year contract, scored 9 goals and 22 assists in 62 games with Nashville in 2019-20

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract through the 2021-22 season with forward Kyle Turris.

The contract is worth $3.3 million, carrying an average annual value of $1.65 million. 

The 31-year-old centreman has scored 165 goals and 251 assists in 726 career NHL games, including nine goals and 22 assists in 62 games with the Nashville Predators in 2019-20.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Kyle Turris 10.09.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Forsberg, Quine, Griffith

Edmonton adds a goaltender and a forward on one-year contracts as well as another forward on a two-year, two-way deal

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with goaltender Anton Forsberg and forward Alan Quine, as well as a two-year, two-way contract with forward Seth Griffith.

Forsberg's contract carries an average annual value of $700,000, Quine's carries an AAV of $750,000, and Griffth's carries an AAV of $725,000 at the NHL level.

Forsberg, 27, had a 15-9-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and .905 save percentage with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in 2019-20, in addition to appearing in three games with Carolina. He's played 48 career NHL games.

Quine, 27, scored 14 goals and 32 assists in 38 games with the AHL's Stockton Heat in 2019-20, in addition to scoring one goal in nine games with Calgary. He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 106 career NHL games.

Griffith, 27, scored 21 goals and 20 assists in 58 games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose in 2019-20. He has eight goals and 11 assists in 79 career NHL games.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Ken Holland 10.09.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Tyler Ennis

Edmonton native inks one-year contract, scored two goals and two assists in nine games after trade from Ottawa

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Tyler Ennis.

The deal carries an average annual value of $1 million.

The 31-year-old scored two goals and two assists in nine games after the trade to his hometown team at the 2019-20 deadline, followed by two points in three playoff games against Chicago.

Ennis has scored 133 goals and 180 assists in 613 career regular season games, as well as four goals and eight assists in 22 career playoff games.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Tyler Ennis 10.09.20

 

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BLOG: Puljujarvi preparing for NHL return

Oilers forward says he has renewed confidence in his game after playing in Finland's top league

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Improved confidence, improved English, fresh start.

Jesse Puljujarvi says he's looking forward to a clean slate with the Oilers after signing a new two-year contract with the team on Wednesday.

The fourth-overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft scored 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 56 games with Karpat in Finland's Liiga last season and has one goal in two games so far in 2020-21.

"I feel like I'm stronger and faster than I was a couple years ago," Puljujarvi said on a video conference call with media. "I have more confidence and feel like I've grown up a lot as a player and a person."

Video: RAW | Jesse Puljujarvi 10.08.20

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RELEASE: Oilers loan Rodrigue to Graz99ers

Goalie prospect will compete in the Austrian Hockey League during the 2020-21 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have loaned goaltender Olivier Rodrigue to the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League for the 2020-21 season.

The 62nd-overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft recorded a 2.32 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 39 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL during the 2019-20 season.

Rodrigue was also part of Hockey Canada's gold-medal team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, serving as their third netminder behind Nico Daws and Joel Hofer.

The 20-year-old also back-stopped Canada to a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a miniscule 1.00 goals-against average and stellar .942 save percentage in four games.

Fellow Oilers prospect Cooper Marody is also playing in Austria for the Dornbirn Bulldogs.

Video: FUTURE WATCH | Reliable Rodrigue 02.12.20

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RELEASE: EOCF donates to Edmonton's Food Bank

Donation is the first investment from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's record-setting RE/MAX online 50/50 program

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is delighted to announce a donation of approximately $100,000 of food, which adds up to more than 7,500 pounds, to Edmonton's Food Bank.

The donation is the first investment from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's successful RE/MAX online 50/50 program launched for Edmonton Oilers 2020 playoff games and continued for the Stanley Cup Final which has helped create a legacy from Edmonton's Hub City hosting of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Through the generous support of hockey fans across Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's RE/MAX online 50/50 set records for total dollars raised which are now being invested back into the community, focusing on those that need help the most. Each pound of food donated serves as one meal for the community's most vulnerable during these uncertain times.

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RELEASE: Oilers issue qualifying offers to Bear, Lagesson

Athanasiou, Benning, Day, Hebig, Kuffner, Mantha, Redmond and Vesey to become unrestricted free agents on Friday

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have made qualifying offers to pending restricted free agent defencemen Ethan Bear and William Lagesson.

The following players will become unrestricted free agents on Friday, Oct. 9: Andreas Athanasiou, Matt Benning, Logan Day, Cameron Hebig, Ryan Kuffner, Ryan Mantha, Angus Redmond and Nolan Vesey.

Bear scored five goals and 16 assists in 71 games during the 2019-20 season, while Lagesson played eight NHL games as well as 25 AHL games with the Bakersfield Condors, with whom he tallied three goals and seven assists.

Video: DRAFT | Ken Holland Round 1 10.06.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Puljujarvi to two-year contract

Edmonton's first-round pick in 2016 will return to the NHL, currently playing for Karpat in Finland's Liiga

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed forward Jesse Puljujarvi to a two-year contract through the 2021-22 season with an average annual value of $1.175 million.

The 22-year-old Finnish winger was Edmonton's first-round selection, fourth overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft and is currently playing for Karpat in Finland's Liiga, with whom he's scored one goal in two games.

Puljujarvi scored 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) in 56 games with Karpat last season and has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 139 career NHL games with Edmonton.

He also has 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 53 AHL games with the Bakersfield Condors.

Puljujarvi has been loaned to Karpat for the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

Video: STL@EDM: Puljujarvi one-times a shot past Allen

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RELEASE: Oilers select Carter Savoie 100th overall

Forward scored 53 goals and 46 assists in 54 games with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in 2019-20

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the 100th-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Oilers have selected forward Carter Savoie of the Sherwood Park Crusaders.

The left-winger scored 53 goals and 46 assists in 54 games during the abbreviated 2019-20 Alberta Junior Hockey League season and will play for the University of Denver in 2020-21.

Video: DRAFT | Carter Savoie 10.07.20

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RELEASE: Oilers select Tyler Tullio 126th overall

Forward scored 27 goals and 39 assists in 62 games with the Oshawa Generals in 2019-20

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the 126th-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Oilers have selected forward Tyler Tullio of the Oshawa Generals.

The centreman scored 27 goals and 39 assists in 62 games during the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season, as well as 15 goals and 27 assists in 60 games during the 2018-19 season.

Video: DRAFT | Tyler Tullio 10.07.20

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RELEASE: Oilers select Berezkin, Engaras, Lindewall

Edmonton uses its final three picks of the 2020 NHL Draft to select three more forwards

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers concluded the 2020 NHL Draft by selecting three more forwards: Maksim Berezkin 138th overall, Filip Engaras 169th overall and Jeremias Lindewall 200th overall.

The Russian winger Berezkin has one assist in seven games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL so far during the 2020-21 season and scored 25 goals and 29 assists in 51 games with Yaroslavl's MHL junior team in 2019-20.

The Swedish centreman Engaras plays for the University of New Hampshire, with whom he scored eight goals and seven assists in 25 games during the 2019-20 season. Prior to going to UNH, he was a member of the Skelleftea AIK program and scored 16 goals with 18 assists in 40 games in the Swedish junior league in 2017-18.

The Swedish winger Lindewall has scored four goals and four assists in four games so far during the 2020-21 season with MODO in the national junior league, following up on his 2019-20 campaign that saw him tally 11 goals and 17 assists in 39 games.

This Oilers did not select a defenceman at the NHL Draft for the first time since 1991, and 2020 marks the first time in franchise history the team has drafted all forwards.

Video: DRAFT | Tyler Wright Rounds 2-7 10.07.20

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RELEASE: Oilers select Dylan Holloway 14th overall

Forward played for the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers before making the jump to NCAA with the Wisconsin Badgers

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With the 14th-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Oilers have selected forward Dylan Holloway from the University of Wisconsin.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League product and current Wisconsin centreman was selected as the Canadian Junior A Hockey League player of the year in 2018-19 after finishing second in goals (40) and points (88) in the AJHL during his second season with the Okotoks Oilers. He also had nine goals and four assists in 11 playoff games.

The 6-foot-0, 203-pound native of Bragg Creek made the move to Madison for the 2019-20 campaign and tallied eight goals and nine assists in 35 games during his freshman season with the Badgers that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Ten Conference, which includes Wisconsin, announced Tuesday the 2020-21 season will begin as soon as Nov. 13 and will feature 24-game conference schedules, plus an additional four games per school against Arizona State University hosted at Big Ten venues.

Holloway has represented Canada several times internationally, most recently at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton. He scored one goal and two assists in five games at the U-18 tournament. He also represented Canada at the World Junior A Challenge in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Video: DRAFT | Dylan Holloway 10.06.20

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BLOG: Provincial rivalry reversed for Holloway family

Oilers first-round pick grew up near Calgary rooting for the Flames but that all changed at the NHL Draft

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Holloway family's jersey collection will be getting a makeover.

Oilers first-round, 14th-overall draft pick Dylan Holloway grew up in Bragg Creek, a hamlet just outside of Calgary, and naturally was raised as a fan of his hometown Flames.

That all changed on Tuesday, though, when Ken Holland called his name and Tyler Wright held up his freshly-crested orange and blue jersey.

"Growing up I did cheer for the Flames, but definitely not anymore," Holloway laughed. "And I know my family aren't Flames fans anymore."

Funnily enough, this isn't the first time the University of Wisconsin forward has been a member of the Oilers, as he spent two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Holloway was selected as the Canadian Junior A Hockey League player of the year in 2018-19 after finishing second in goals (40) and points (88) in the AJHL, despite being just 17 years old. Colorado Avalanche defenceman and 2019-20 Calder Trophy winner Cale Makar won the same award two years prior with the Brooks Bandits.

Video: DRAFT | Dylan Holloway 10.06.20

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