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BLOG: McDavid pays visit to Humboldt and Saskatoon

Oilers Captain visited the Saskatchewan communities and spent time with survivors from the Humboldt Broncos bus crash

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - These things extend beyond the game.

And Connor McDavid knows that, paying a visit to Humboldt and Saskatoon, SK, to visit survivors and those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that occurred on April 6.

The Oilers Captain paid his respects to the victims at Humboldt's Elgar Petersen Arena, standing at centre ice alongside Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O'Reilly. McDavid also made a hospital visit, spending time with survivors of the fatal tragedy.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Connor McDavid & Ryan O'Reilly visited Humboldt & Saskatoon yesterday to spend time with members of the @HumboldtBroncos still in hospital & pay their respects to those affected by the tragedy. #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/2jVb1Pkzf8

On Tuesday, a celebration of the lives of local Humboldt Broncos players Parker Tobin, Stephen Wack, Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter was held at Rogers Place.

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BLOG: Skinner posts 25-save shutout in Game 7 victory

Keeper records his third shutout of series in 6-0 blanking over the Moose Jaw Warriors, as Swift Current advances to WHL Eastern Conference Final

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Stuart Skinner is a wall.

The Swift Current Broncos netminder posted a 25-save shutout performance in his club's 6-0 blanking over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Game 7 of the second round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Skinner registered his third goose egg of the series, ending the seven-game circuit with a .943 save percentage.

Skinner leads all WHL goalies in postseason shutouts with four and saves with 427. He has a 2.07 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 14 games this postseason. 

The keeper will face his former club, the Lethbridge Hurricanes, in the WHL Eastern Conference Final.

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TALKING POINTS: Gerry Fleming closes the 2017-18 season

Condors Head Coach discussed the season at a glance, the progression of many young Oilers prospects and Ty Rattie's new contract with Edmonton

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Bakersfield Condors ended their 2017-18 season on Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Ontario Reign.

The club finished the campaign with a 31-27-9-1 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs by way of a .529 points percentage. 

The farmhand saw plenty of development throughout the season, with Ty Rattie, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha seeing tangible improvements in their game. Rattie was re-signed on Saturday, Bear ended the year with the Oilers while Jones and Mantha took developmental steps despite being sidelined with injuries.

Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming spoke on a number of topics in his end of season interview.

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BLOG: 2018 Draft final rankings

Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin and right wing Andrei Svechnikov lead international and N.A. rankings, respectively

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and right wing Andrei Svechnikov of the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts maintained their No. 1 ranking among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

"Dahlin is the real deal and the clear-cut No. 1, pro-ready prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft," said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr via press release. "He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and pace of a game with or without the puck. The icing on the cake with Dahlin is that he's an ultra-competitive player and a high-character person who leads by example."

The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 14 goaltenders internationally.

The 2018 NHL Draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, marking the first time the city will host the event.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Rattie

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ty Rattie to a one-year contract

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ty Rattie to a one-year contract.

Rattie, 25, appeared in 14 games with Edmonton this season, posting nine points (5G, 4A), two penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating

The 5'11", 184-pound forward appeared in 53 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors, recording 43 points (21G, 22A) and 24 penalty minutes. He led the Condors in goals (21) and ranked second in points (43) and power play goals (8). He also represented Bakersfield at the 2018 AHL All-Star game.

The Airdrie, Alberta native has appeared in 49 career NHL games with St. Louis, Carolina and Edmonton, registering 19 points (9G, 10A) and eight penalty minutes.

The Oilers signed Rattie as a free agent on July 1, 2017. He was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round, 32nd overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. 

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BLOG: Marody 'thrilled' about opportunity with Oilers

Prospect helped bring Michigan back to the Frozen Four, now eyes opportunity with the Oilers organization

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Formerly a prospect of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Oilers prospect Cooper Marody is ecstatic about his chance to become an Edmonton Oiler.

The forward ended his collegiate season last week in the NCAA Frozen Four, losing 4-3 to Notre Dame. Marody finished the campaign with 16 goals, 35 assists and 51 points in 40 games to lead the Big 10 Division in scoring.

"I always wanted to keep Michigan first and try to have the most success I could with the team," said Marody on 630 CHED's Oilers Now. "I knew Edmonton was really interested and it was a possibility. Hearing from my advisors, I was thrilled about the opportunity. It was one I definitely couldn't pass up."

Marody also reflected on the campaign he had. He noted it didn't conclude how he wanted it to but maintained how special it was personally.

"It was a good year," he said. "The biggest thing for me is we got to the Frozen Four. That was phenomenal. The game didn't go as we planned, losing with five seconds left. That was very tough but I was lucky to have great linemates this year - Tony Calderone and Dexter Dancs. They made it easy for me. 

"I always dreamed of playing for Michigan so it was a special year to get Michigan back to the Frozen Four."

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BLOG: Marody compares his game to Nicklas Backstrom's

Recently signed Oilers prospect sees puck-protection and playmaking as his biggest assets

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - By his own assessment, Oilers forward prospect Cooper Marody sees many similarities between his game and Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom's.

"I have a similar style of play to a Nikolas Backstrom-type guy," Marody said Friday on 630 CHED's Oilers Now. "I think we do similar things like finding guys around the ice and have the ability to protect the puck around the ice. I try to play a Backstrom-style game."

Marody, a Michigan native, was raised a Detroit Red Wings fans. Some of his early influencers were Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

"I grew up being a big Red Wings fan," he said. "Watching Zetterberg, Datsyuk and just their puck possession, their skill, the way they saw the ice and the way they manipulated defenders was something I studied my whole life growing up. That was something really special to see and learn from them."

The former University of Michigan Wolverine has one goal and one assist in two games with the Bakersfield Condors. Marody signed a three-year entry-level contract on April 8.

"I think I do have the skill," Marody said. "I see the ice really well and have the ability to make plays all over the ice. I think I have good hockey sense as well. If you give me the puck in a good scoring opportunity, I think I can put the puck in the net."

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BLOG: Marody nets first with Condors

Recently signed forward pounds rebound for first professional goal

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Grab that puck.

And rip a strip of tape because recently signed prospect and Bakersfield Condors forward Cooper Marody scored the first pro goal of his career Thursday against the San Jose Barracuda.

Tweet from @Condors: A goal and an assist in his first 5 periods as a pro. Marody bags the equalizer. #Condors20 pic.twitter.com/sLXNVYDiG4

Marody pounced on a rebound on the power play, tying the game at 2-2.

The former University of Michigan forward signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers on April 8.

Tyler Benson nabbed a pair of helpers while Dmitri Samorukov tallied one himself, as both registered their first pro points in the 4-3 loss.

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BLOG: Nurse named to Team Canada's roster at Worlds

Defender joins Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at World Championship

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Darnell Nurse has been named to Team Canada's initial 2018 IIHF World Championship roster, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

Nurse joins teammates Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the club.

"We have a mix of youth, experience, and strong leadership qualities among these players as they have represented Canada on the international stage previously from the World Juniors up to last year's championship. Their previous success and experience can only help us in our ultimate goal of bringing home a gold medal," said Co-General Manager Sean Burke via press release.

The tournament will take place May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Congrats to @cmcdavid97 @RNH_93 & @drtwofive! #IIHFWorlds https://t.co/kcmt9Je2Wt

See the rest of the initial 18-man roster below.

  • Goaltender: Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona) 

  • Defencemen: Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Ottawa), Vince Dunn(Lindsay, Ont./St. Louis), Joel Edmundson (Brandon, Man./St. Louis), Aaron Ekblad(Windsor, Ont./Florida), Darnell Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./Edmonton), Colton Parayko(St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis) and Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, Man./New York Islanders)

  • Forwards: Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./New York Islanders), Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel-Tracy, Que./New York Islanders), Jordan Eberle (Regina, Sask./New York Islanders), Bo Horvat (Rodney, Ont./Vancouver), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Edmonton), Brayden Schenn(Saskatoon, Sask./St. Louis), Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./St. Louis), Ryan O'Reilly(Varna, Ont./Buffalo) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Ottawa/Ottawa)

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BLOG: Nicholson addresses the media

Oilers Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson speaks to the media following the 2017-18 season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson speaks to the media following the 2017-18 season.

See all content from Thursday below.

Video: RAW | Nicholson Press Conference

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