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BLOG: McLellan talks about Paul Coffey rumours

Oilers head coach is asked about the rumours of Paul Coffey joining the Oilers organization

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was asked after Saturday's game about the rumours of Paul Coffey rejoining the Oilers organization: 

"We'll have an official announcement (Sunday) but it's not a very well-kept secret, Paul will be joining our organization," McLellan began. "In my mind, he's been part of our organization since he played here. He's been around and been very supportive. He'll be joining in more of an official capacity.

"Peter and I have been talking about bringing a guy in who can help not only us here but throughout the whole organization - the players in Bakersfield plus some of our junior prospects - with skill development, in particular on the back-end. We've got three valuable prospects in Bakersfield, we've got a young set of defencemen here who can use another set of eyes and we don't have any problem picking his brain as a coaching staff as well.

"You'll see him around here, you'll see him in Bakersfield, you may see him around some of the junior teams with some of the kids but there'll more on all of that tomorrow."

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Nugent-Hopkins out 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs

Oilers have lost 79 man games to injury or illness this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of January 20, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 80 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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BLOG: Puljujarvi hits the ODR during bye week

Young winger stayed occupied by playing shinny with locals

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Sticks in the middle.

Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi enjoyed the bye week in Edmonton, keeping himself and his visiting friend occupied by taking to the local outdoor rinks.

"My best buddy is here and we didn't know what to do, so we went to the outdoor rink," said Puljujarvi of his bye week endeavours, which gained much publicity. 

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #ODR adventures with Jesse! #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/qV9eqr0DiV

The Finn excited local minor hockey players with his presence.

"I saw that, that's good," said Puljujarvi, who has eight goals and three assists in 29 games this season. "They tried to take the puck from me and it was fun. That's good that they were happy about that.

"I just wanted to go outside and do something. It's always fun to skate."

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BLOG: Nurse put on top power-play unit

Defenceman has four goals in his past four games, earning a look on the Oilers top power-play unit

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With four goals in his past four games, Darnell Nurse has made his case.

The defenceman skated with the Oilers top power-play unit Friday at practice and commented on the opportunity.

"Obviously we have a lot of guys that can make plays, so I'll just try to get the puck in their hands and get some shots through when I get an opportunity," said Nurse of the chance to see man-advantage minutes.

The top unit featured Nurse, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic. The second group had Oscar Klefbom, Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Michael Cammalleri and Patrick Maroon.

"It took a lot of time for me to have that belief that not only can I contribute defensively, but to use my legs and have the ability to get up and create offence for our team too," Nurse continued.

The rearguard leads all Oilers defenders in goals and points with six and 18, respectively.

"It was a good step before the break," he said.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan praised the rearguard Friday.

"Just his game as a whole, right from Day 1 until now, 'inconsistent' probably describes our team as a whole but it sure doesn't describe Darnell," said McLellan. "He's been consistently showing up and moving the needle upwards. Great learning curve, taking more on, excelling in a number of different areas. His confidence level is probably as high as it's been in his National Hockey League career.

"We have to be aware as he comes in, that we want to put him in a situation that he feels good, too. We'll manage him, give him a little bit more and hopefully, he can make a difference on it."

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins sidelined for five to six weeks

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said the centre has cracked ribs

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has cracked ribs and will be sidelined for five to six weeks, Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said Friday.

The injury occurred in the Oilers 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights last Saturday.

"The initial indications were he'd be OK, then he came home and he saw some doctors and had some tests, and he's going to be out five to six weeks," said McLellan.

Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers in goals with 16. He also has 15 assists and 31 points in 46 games this season.

"You can make an argument who our key go-to guy has been this year, obviously Connor's having a pretty good year individually and some others, but I would throw Nuge right up there," said McLellan. "He's been trustworthy in every situation, given us valuable minutes, improved his game. 

"He means a lot to our team."

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BLOG: Practice updates 1/19

The Oilers returned from the bye week for a practice at Rogers Place

by EdmontonOilers.com Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers returned to the ice following their bye week.

Lines at practice are as follows:

Maroon - McDavid - Caggiula

Lucic - Draisaitl - Puljujarvi

Khaira - Strome - Cammalleri

Pakarinen/Slepyshev - Letestu - Kassian

Video: OILERS TODAY | Nugent-Hopkins out

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BLOG: Oilers place Nugent-Hopkins on IR

The Oilers have placed Nugent-Hopkins on IR and have recalled Pakarinen

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have announced the placing of forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on IR. In addition, they've recalled Iiro Pakarinen from the Bakersfield Condors.

Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers in goal scoring with 16 this season. He's third on the team with 31 points (16-15-31) through 46 games.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have recalled forward Iiro Pakarinen from the Bakersfield @Condors & placed forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Injured Reserve. pic.twitter.com/KCTHC6EdNC

Iiro Pakarinen just saw his point streak with the Condors snapped at seven games (5-2-7). He has nine goals and four assists in 18 games for the Condors. In 18 games for the Oilers this season, the winger has just one assist.

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BLOG: Skinner named CHL Goaltender of the Week

Netminder earns CHL and WHL Goaltender of the Week honours

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Not only is he your WHL Goaltender of the Week.

Stuart Skinner was also named CHL Goaltender of the Week after he posted two wins, one shutout, a .980 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average in his first week with the Swift Current Broncos.

Skinner is 16-15-2-0 this season, sporting a 3.20 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. He also has five shutouts, tied with Everett Silvertips netminder Carter Hart for first.

 

 

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BLOG: Skinner named WHL Goaltender of the Week

Keeper posts a 0.50 goals-against average, .980 save percentage and one shutout in two wins with new club

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - New team, new WHL Goaltender of the Week nod.

Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner posted a 0.50 goals-against average and .980 save percentage in two wins with his new club. He also registered one shutout.

Tweet from @TheWHL: After a stellar week between the pipes, @EdmontonOilers prospect @ssskipy_74 of the @SCBroncos is your WHL Goaltender of the Week!DETAILS | https://t.co/IlWiTH0Fnq pic.twitter.com/7UZHIfjcHK

Skinner was traded to the Broncos on Wednesday, making his debut Friday.

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