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BLOG: McDavid comments on Humboldt Broncos reunion in Vegas

Connor McDavid offers his thoughts on several of the Humboldt Broncos being reunited at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

LAS VEGAS, NV - Connor McDavid arrived in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards on Tuesday afternoon and, during his media availability, offered thoughts on the group of surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos being reunited at the event.

Video: AWARDS | McDavid Availability

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DRAFT: Bernard-Docker following proven path through AJHL, NCAA

The Okotoks Oilers defenceman aims to take the next step at the University of North Dakota after Junior A success

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - There's a template forming in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for draft-eligible prospects like Okotoks Oilers defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker, and it's hard to knock its effectiveness.

What do capable NHL defencemen and St. Albert, AB products Colton Parayko and Matt Benning have in common? Both plied their trade in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and the NCAA before becoming eventual third and sixth-round selections by the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins respectively at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Former Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar, whose 29 goals and 91 points in 67 games during a 2016-17 AJHL Championship-winning season propelled him to a surprise fourth-overall selection in 2017 by the Colorado Avalanche, became the highest-selected player ever from Junior A in Alberta before his rookie NCAA campaign this past season at UMass-Amherst.

Video: COMBINE | Jacob Bernard-Docker

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RELEASE: Oilers agree to terms with Benning

The Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Matt Benning on a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Matt Benning on a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season.  

Benning, 24, appeared in 73 games with the Oilers in 2017-18, posting 21 points (6G, 15A), 49 penalty minutes and a +5 plus-minus rating.

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RELEASE: Hockey Helps Kids announces fourth NHL Season

Four schools will compete in the Charity Cup Challenge for 2018-19

by Press Release / OilersFoundation.ca

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today the return of Hockey Helps Kids for a fourth year as a key program for the Edmonton Oilers 2018-19 National Hockey League (NHL) season. This exciting philanthropic initiative brings together local junior high schools, charities and the Edmonton Oilers to give youth a chance to learn about being active, contributing members in their communities, while generating awareness and funds for a variety of local charities.

Video: HHK | Season Four Interviews

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OFF-SEASON OIL: Summer starts up

Catch up with your favourite Oilers on social media as summer heats up

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers off-season is into its third month and the team has been keeping busy. The IIHF World Hockey Championship in Denmark wrapped in May and with several Oilers players in attendance, there was no shortage of hockey action from across the pond, including one of our own taking home a gold medal! Check in on your favourite Oilers with this year's first edition of Off-Season Oil to see what else the boys have been up to, including motorcycle road trips, Euro vacations, signing contracts and more.

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DRAFT: Tychonick's personality shines at Scouting Combine

Penticton Vees defenceman Jonny Tychonick takes an honest and enthusiastic approach to everything

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's a little bit like a loop.

Interviewing roughly 80 NHL Draft prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine, that is.

"It's pretty much becoming the same thing every year," said Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green, who was in Buffalo, N.Y., for the 2018 edition of the event two weeks ago. 

"Kids, every year, they get a little bit better at dealing with all these things. The pressures of being in their draft year and talking face-to-face to team personnel, that type of thing."

Video: COMBINE | Jonathan Tychonick

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DRAFT: Green discusses Combine dinners

Four 2018 NHL Scouting Combine attendees were treated to dinner by the Oilers organization

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - What's on the menu?

The NHL Scouting Combine, which sees dozens of NHL Draft prospects interviewed by National Hockey League organizations ahead of June's Draft, also sees some select players taken out for dinner.

"I'm not going to tell you who they were but we took four players out this year," quipped Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green. "It's nice because you talk to them during the day and it's a lot more formal when they come into that room with a bunch of grown men and they're nervous and everything."

Video: DRAFT | Bob Green 1-on-1

The standard club interviews at the event - which are confined to only 20 minutes of routine questioning - can become repetitious but the suppers are usually a bit different.

"It was a little bit more relaxed," said Green. "So, we had good dinners. We just tried to get a feel for a player in that setting. They're all such good kids, it's a lot of fun."

The Oilers own the 10th-overall selection in the first round of the Draft, which will take place in Dallas, TX, on June 22-23.

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RELEASE: Oilers agree to terms with Caggiula

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Drake Caggiula on a two-year contract

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Drake Caggiula on a two-year contract.

Caggiula, 23, appeared in 67 games with the Oilers in 2017-18, posting 20 points (13G, 7A) and 37 penalty minutes, including three power play goals and one game winning goal.

The 5'10", 185-pound forward has appeared in 127 games over two seasons with the Oilers, compiling 38 points (20G, 18A) and 53 penalty minutes, five power play goals and three game winning goals. Caggiula has also appeared in 13 career playoff games, recording three goals.

A native of Pickering, Ontario, Caggiula signed as a free agent with Edmonton on May 7, 2016 after spending three seasons with the University of North Dakota.

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DRAFT: Bouchard's production unrivalled

The 6-foot-2 defenceman and consensus top-10 pick led the London Knights and OHL defencemen in scoring by a considerable margin

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Players who have pulled on the green and gold of the London Knights know the expectation that comes with the jersey.

Add to that being a consensus top-10 pick at this month's NHL Draft and the captain of the Knights during a rebuilding year, then you have defenceman Evan Bouchard.

"As a leader I was just trying to lead by example, especially with the young and new guys coming in you have to make sure they know London has a winning mentality," said Bouchard to EdmontonOilers.com at the NHL Combine in Buffalo earlier this month. "I think once you have that in mind it's great and all the coaches have been through this process, so they really help you get ready for that next level."

Video: COMBINE | Evan Bouchard

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RELEASE: Oilers announce 2018 pre-season schedule

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oilers will begin the 2018-19 season with a seven-game pre-season schedule.

The Oilers open their 2018 pre-season schedule with a set of back-to-back games on the road. The road trip begins on September 17 against the Calgary Flames and concludes in Vancouver on September 18.  

Following those back-to-back games, the Oilers return to Rogers Place to face the Winnipeg Jets on September 20, then head to Winnipeg on September 23, as a part of a home-and-home series of games versus the Jets. The Oilers will conclude the pre-season schedule with three games at home, facing Vancouver (September 25), Arizona (September 27) and Calgary (September 29).

The Oilers will also play an exhibition game in Cologne, Germany on October 3 against the Deutsche Eishockey Liga's (DEL) Cologne Sharks.

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