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BLOG: Oilers claim Colby Cave from Boston

Forward had one goal and five points in 20 outings with the Bruins in 2018-19

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have claimed forward Colby Cave from the Boston Bruins, the team announced on Tuesday.

Cave, 24, has one goal and five points in 20 games this season with the Bruins. 

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have claimed Colby Cave off waivers from Boston. The 24-year-old forward has scored 1 goal & 4 assists in 23 career @NHL games.

The undrafted forward compiled 43 goals and 115 points in 239 career American Hockey League games, all with the Providence Bruins. 

Cave also spent five seasons with the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos during his junior career, recording 95 goals and 202 points in 287 matches.

According to Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock, Cave will play centre tomorrow for the team which will shift Jujhar Khaira over to the wing. 

Cave will wear number 12 for the Oilers.  

Read the full press release below:

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BLOG: Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic building chemistry

Three of Edmonton's seven goals on Monday had both players on the ice

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers look to have the makings of a solid offensive tandem in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic if the duo can continue to build off Monday's performance. 

In that game, they struck for three goals in total with Lucic scoring twice and Nugent-Hopkins netting one. 

"I've had a chance to play a lot with Nuge over the last two-and-a-half years and as we've gone on, we've found more chemistry. I think when I first got here, he paid a lot more attention to improving his defensive game and it took a bit away from his offence and I think last year and this year he's been able to combine both of them," said Lucic. 

"He's a big part of this team and being able to find chemistry with a player like him has been fun to do. Whether he's centring a line or playing the wing with Connor, he's a guy we need if we want to go to where we want to be at the end of the year."

They almost teamed for another late in the game on a two-on-one. The best play was probably for Nugent-Hopkins to shoot but he tried to pass and get Lucic the hat trick. 

"It's too bad, the Buffalo player for my sake made such a great play on the back check there to take that two-on-one away."

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BLOG: Teammates pumped for Lucic's success

With three goals in his last four games, Milan Lucic is starting to heat up

by Marc Ciampa /

Milan Lucic netted two goals in the team's 7-2 win over the Sabres on Monday. After the game, Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock said that his recent success was a byproduct of the way he's been playing as of late. 

This is five games in a row where he's been like this. He's really playing well," Hitchcock began. "He looks like the player for me that was around two or three years ago. He's got speed, he's got tempo in his game at both ends of the rink, and he's able to pressure and control the boards making quick decisions... It's good that he's scoring, but it's just the end product for how well he's playing."

Lucic said that Hitchcock has helped him immensely as he's tried to work his way through the slump. 

"He's always pumped me up and said a lot of positive things to me," Lucic noted. "Even in our one-on-one meetings, it's been critical at times but it's been good criticism. It's been positive criticism. That's something that I think I've always thrived on. Just got to find a way to keep that going."

On Tuesday after practice prior to departing for Vancouver, Leon Draisaitl added that teammates are pumped to see how well he's been playing. 

"It's exciting. We can all agree it hasn't gone his way, especially 2018. He's never gotten down on himself. He always comes to the rink with a smile. It's nice to see him get rewarded for being patient and sticking with it." 

Draisaitl added that the stretch his teammate went through was a difficult one and that's understood by everyone in that room. 

"I don't think people understand how hard that is sometimes, when you're supposed to score and you're not. It's not easy but he was really good with it. I think it was nice to see. He had those same chances pretty much the whole year of 2018, they just wouldn't go in for him. Last night was huge for him and huge for us.

"It's the mindset, too. He set his mind on 2019 to have a different year and produce more. So far, he's been really really good for us. He's playing some really good hockey for us."

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BLOG: Oilers ready for big test against Vancouver

After a 7-2 win over the Sabres, Oilers look to win consecutive games for the first time since December 11

by Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night by a score of 7-2 and in the process, they moved into a four-way tie for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

The win saw contributions from up and down the lineup which has been a rare feat this season. Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each notched a pair of goals to help lead the way. 

"We capitalized on our chances. We struggled with it a little this season but we had different guys contribute," said Leon Draisaitl, who also had a goal. "The first period was all our third and fourth line. They did all the scoring and it was great to see."

Kailer Yamamoto said it was great to see contributions from the bottom part of the lineup. 

"Especially having Kass and Lucic score, they've been battling hard for the team," Yamamoto stated. "To get two goals each for the team it really shows a lot."

Lucic added that the team needs to continue their strong play against the Canucks, who are one of the teams tied for that last playoff spot. 

"The main thing is we found a way to win the game and that's got to be the mindset going into tomorrow as well. Doing what you can to find a way to win the game. This is a time of year where we need to string a few wins together, especially with four games before the break."

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BLOG: News, videos from Tuesday including a Yamamoto update

The Oilers skated at Rogers Place before departing for Vancouver on Tuesday

by Staff /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers skated at Rogers Place for practice on Tuesday.

The club later departed for Vancouver ahead of their match with the Canucks on Wednesday.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Yamamoto May Go

Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock met informally with the media after practice. Hitchcock stated that Mikko Koskinen will get the start in goal on Wednesday in Vancouver and Colby Cave, acquired off waivers this morning from Boston, will meet the team in Vancouver and play centre tomorrow night, moving Jujhar Khaira back to the wing. 

Hitchcock added that Kailer Yamamoto is a possibility to return to the lineup as well. 

"I feel really good. Hopefully I'll get in the lineup tomorrow," Yamamoto said, adding that it's been difficult to miss the last seven games. 

"It's tough. You want to be out there every game fighting for the guys but just taking it slow to get healthy again. That's the main thing I've been focusing on.

"I feel like I can jump right in. They have a lot of confidence in me."

Video: RAW | Milan Lucic 01.15.19



Video: INJURY UPDATE | Kailer Yamamoto 01.15.19

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RECAP: 2019 Oilers Skills Competition

Recap of the 2019 Oilers Skills Competition, presented by Rogers

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Team Orange defeated Team White 18-17 at the 2019 Oilers Skills Competition, presented by Rogers in front of a large crowd at Rogers Place.

View our breakdown of the day event by event below.

Some highlights include Darnell Nurse showing off his blistering 102.1 mph slap shot, Ryan Spooner winning fastest skater with a time of 14.445 seconds and Ty Rattie winning the accuracy shooting by going 4-for-4 in 8.008 seconds.

Video: SKILLS | Highlight Reel


Connor McDavid, Jujhar Khaira, Alexander Petrovic, Andrej Sekera and Kailer Yamamoto did not participate in this year's skills competition.

Video: SKILLS | Puljujarvi and Lucic Pre-Event

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Three players out

Oilers have lost 125 man games to injury or illness in 2018-19

by Staff /

As of January 16, 2019

Current man games lost due to injury: 125 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard goes behind-the-back for nifty helper

Oilers 2018 10th-overall selection makes gorgeous pass for eventual game-winner; picks up three assists in 5-3 win for London

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Behind-the-back Bouch.

Oilers 2018 10th-overall selection Evan Bouchard displayed his craftiness on Saturday making a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Josh Nelson for what would stand as the game-winner in London's 5-3 victory over the Ottawa 67's. 

Bouchard registered three assists on the night in the win and was a plus-three. The defenceman, who scored one goal in seven National Hockey League games with the Oilers earlier in the season, has five goals, 16 assists and 21 points in 16 games with the Knights in '18-19.

Tweet from @OHLHockey: No-look pass sets up the winner 🕷@EdmontonOilers prospect @EvanBouchard02 exercises his spidey sense in @GoLondonKnights throwback sweaters finding @JoshNNelson to seal a statement victory in #SaturdayShowcase action on @Sportsnet.

Bouchard is 23rd amongst defencemen in Ontario Hockey League scoring but first in points per game by defenders, averaging 1.31 per night. The 19-year-old is seventh amongst blueliners in plus-minus with a plus-21 rating.

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BLOG: Hitchcock provides Klefbom update

Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock provided an injury update on Oscar Klefbom on Friday

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock provided an injury update on Oscar Klefbom on Friday.

"He's looking to see the doctors here on the weekend to get the green light to pull the pins so that he can start to go at it full time," Hitchcock said. 

"If he's given the green light then he's still a few days away from being allowed to go on to the ice. We're hopeful that it's working out the way he feels and he's going to be fine here in a couple of days. Then he can join us sometime next week hopefully."

Hitchcock was previously hopeful Klefbom's recovery would be fast-tracked but has since reduced those expectations. 

"I think the time frame, looking right now, it looks like it's a little bit quick to ask him to play before that (All-Star) break," Hitchcock said. "And then the break is 10 days and he's going to be able to skate a lot. 

"Ideally, with those last three games we were kind of hoping we would catch a break but it doesn't look like it right now. Looks like we'll have to wait until the max (time frame)."

Video: THE PANEL | Crunch Time

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