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RELEASE: Oilers agree to contract extension with Woodcroft

The Edmonton Oilers announced they have agreed to terms with Jay Woodcroft on a contract extension through the 2021-22 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers announced they have agreed to terms with Jay Woodcroft on a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. 

Woodcroft, 42, spent the past season as head coach of the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, and previously served as an Oilers assistant coach for three seasons, after joining the Oilers staff in 2015. Prior to the Oilers, Woodcroft served as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks for seven seasons. He also spent three seasons as a member of the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff (2005-08), including their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship season.

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In his first season as head coach, Woodcroft led the Condors to their first Calder Cup Playoff berth in 2018-19, after capturing the Western Conference title with 89 points, for a 42-21-3-2 record and a 0.654 winning percentage. The Condors also tied for the second longest win streak in AHL history with 17 straight wins during the 2018-19 regular season. Woodcroft also led the Condors to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, with a 5-5-0-0 record in 10 games.

Internationally, Woodcroft won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Men's World Hockey Championship. He was also an assistant coach for the under-23 Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Over his NHL coaching career, Woodcroft has been part of 511 regular season wins, five Western Conference titles, six Division titles, three Presidents Trophies and a Stanley Cup championship.

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Woodcroft entered the NHL coaching ranks in 2005-06, after a six-year professional playing career.

The Toronto, Ontario native spent four seasons at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was an Academic All-American and graduated with a degree in finance.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Russell to extension

Russell appeared in 51 games last season with the Bakersfield Condors, registering 40 points, 32 penalty minutes and a plus-30 plus/minus rating

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Patrick Russell to a one-year contract extension.

Russell, 26, appeared in 51 games last season with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors, registering 40 points (18G, 22A), 32 penalty minutes and a +30 plus/minus rating, ranking second on the team. He also posted seven points (2G, 5A), four penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 10 playoff games.

The 6'1", 205-pound forward has appeared in 187 career AHL games over three seasons with the Condors, recording 84 points (40G, 44A) 102 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating.

Russell played in six games with the Oilers in 2018-19, including making his NHL debut with the Oilers on November 17 against Calgary. 

Video: Russell puts the Condors ahead 04.27.19

The native of Bickerod, Denmark has represented his country internationally, most recently at the 2019 World Hockey Championship, marking his third world championship appearance with Denmark (2017, 2018, 2019). Russell also played for his country at two Under 18 World Hockey Championships (2010, 2011) and two World Junior Hockey Championships (2011, 2013).  

The Oilers originally signed Russell as a free agent on May 9, 2016.

For Patrick Russell's background and statistics, click HERE.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Malone and Starrett to contract extensions

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Brad Malone and goaltender Shane Starrett to one-year contract extensions through the 2019-20 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Brad Malone and goaltender Shane Starrett to one-year contract extensions through the 2019-20 season.

Malone, 30, appeared in 43 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors, posting 25 points (8G, 17A), 45 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating. He also registered 13 points (5G, 8A) 16 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 10 playoff games. Malone also served as an alternate captain for the second straight season.   

Malone has accumulated 161 points (61G, 100A) and 429 penalty minutes in 335 career AHL games over seven seasons.

The 6'2", 216-pound forward also played in 16 games with the Oilers in 2018-19.

The Chatham, New Brunswick native has appeared in 199 career NHL games with Edmonton, Carolina and Colorado, recording 30 points (13G, 17A) and 198 penalty minutes.

The Oilers originally signed Malone as a free agent on July 3, 2017.

Starrett, 24, appeared in 42 games with Bakersfield last season, posting a record of 27-7-5, a 2.33 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and four shutouts. He also played in eight playoff games recording a 3-3-0 record, a 2.89 goals against average and a .889 save percentage.

The 6'5", 195-pound goaltender was also named to the AHL's 2018-19 All-Rookie Team.

In two seasons with the Condors, the Bellingham, Massachusetts native has posted a 28-9-5 record, a 2.41 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 45 career AHL games.

The Oilers originally signed Starrett as a free agent on April 10, 2017.

For Brad Malone's background and statistics, click here.

For Shane Starrett's background and statistics, click here.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Gambardella to contract extension

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Joseph Gambardella to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Joseph Gambardella to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

Gambardella, 25, has just completed his second full professional season with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.  

Gambardella recorded 48 points in 50 games in the 2018-19 regular season, scoring 29 goals and 19 assists while carrying a +19 plus-minus rating. He led Bakersfield in goals (48) and ranked third in team scoring. The native of Staten Island, NY also earned 10 points in 10 games in the post-season, scoring six goals and four assists, helping the Condors reach the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. He has now appeared in 106 career AHL games, posting 70 points (43G, 27A), 35 penalty minutes and a +16 plus-minus rating.

The 5'10", 201-pound forward also appeared in 15 games with the Oilers at the end of the 2018-19 season, earning his first NHL point.

The Oilers originally signed Gambardella as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2017, after four seasons with the NCAA's University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks.

For Joseph Gambardella's background and statistics, click HERE.
 

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Joakim Nygard to entry-level contract

The 6-foot-0, 179-pound forward posted 35 points (21G, 14A), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-15 plus-minus rating this past season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed undrafted free agent Joakim Nygard to a one-year entry-level contract, starting in the 2019-20 season.

Nygard, 26, has just completed his seventh season in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), all with Farjestad BK.

The 6'0", 179-pound forward posted 35 points (21G, 14A), 20 penalty minutes and a +15 plus-minus rating this past season. Nygard ranked second league-wide with 21 goals and fifth in shots on net (153). He added ten points (5G, 5A) in 14 playoff games.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Nygard has appeared in 18 games with the Swedish National Team, including 11 games in 2018-19, posting five points (3G, 2A), six penalty minutes and an even plus-minus rating.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Olivier Rodrigue to entry-level contract

Rodrigue, 18, has just completed his third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Olivier Rodrigue to a three-year entry-level contract, starting in the 2019-20 season. 

Rodrigue, 18, has just completed his third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Rodrigue played 48 regular season games last season with Drummondville, posting a 35-12 record, a .902 save percentage and a 2.43 goals against average. The native of Chicoutimi, Quebec tied for first among QMJHL goalies in regular season wins (35) in the 2018-19 regular season. The Voltigeurs were eliminated in the third round of the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs to the Halifax Mooseheads in a 4-2 series loss.  

The 6'1", 165-pound goaltender has appeared in 142 regular season QMJHL games over the past three years, posting a 80-56 record, a .895 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average. He has reached the post-season for three consecutive years for a combined 15 career QMJHL playoff games and a 5-8 record. 

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Rodrigue has represented Canada internationally on four occasions, including the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship, the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge and the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. He won gold with Canada at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and ranked first among goaltenders in save percentage (.949) and goals against average (1.33), and earned a silver medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. 

The Oilers selected Rodrigue in the second round, 62nd overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft.

For Olivier Rodrigue's background and statistics, click HERE.

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Ryan McLeod to Entry-Level Contract

McLeod has also agreed to an AHL Amateur Tryout Contract and will join the Bakersfield Condors immediately

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ryan McLeod to a three-year entry-level contract, starting in 2019-20. McLeod has also agreed to an AHL Amateur Tryout Contract and will join the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors immediately. 

McLeod, 19, has just completed his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League, which included three seasons with the Mississauga Ice Dogs, before being acquired by the Saginaw Spirit during the 2018-19 season.

McLeod amassed 62 points (19G, 43A), 33 penalty minutes and a +6 plus-minus rating in 63 games with Mississauga/Saginaw last season. The native of Mississauga, Ontario also added 12 points (5G, 7A), four penalty minutes and a +8 plus-minus rating in 17 playoff games with the Spirit.

A 6'2", 207-pound centre, McLeod appeared in 261 regular season OHL games over the past four years, posting 194 points (61G, 133A), 111 penalty minutes and a +10 plus-minus rating. He added 39 points (12G, 27A), 14 penalty minutes and a +18 plus minus rating in 50 career OHL playoff games.

McLeod also played for Canada at the 2016 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where Canada finished fourth.

The Oilers selected McLeod in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft.

For Ryan McLeod's background and statistics, click here

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Gambardella

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Joseph Gambardella from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Joseph Gambardella from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Gambardella, 25, leads Bakersfield with 27 goals and ranks third in team scoring with 45 points. He also has 18 assists, 19 penalty minutes and a +19 plus-minus rating in 48 games.

The 5'10", 196-pound forward has appeared in four games for the Oilers this season.

The native of Staten Island, NY, joined the Oilers as an undrafted free agent in March, 2017, after three years at UMass-Lowell (Hockey East).

For Joseph Gambardella's statistics and player profile, click HERE.

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RELEASE: Oilers recall Josh Currie; Sekera activated

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Josh Currie from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Josh Currie from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Currie, 26, leads Bakersfield with 24 goals and six power play goals this season, also posting 37 points, 13 penalty minutes and a +5 plus-minus rating in 49 games. He has eight points (5G, 3A) in his last five games.

An alternate captain this season, Currie has reached 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons with the Condors, and led the team in scoring in 2017-18.

The 5'10", 172-pound forward is being recalled to the NHL for the first time in his five year career as a professional.  

The native of Charlottetown, PEI signed with the Oilers on July 18, 2018 after three seasons with Bakersfield (AHL).

For Josh Currie's statistics and player profile, click HERE.  

The Oilers also placed F Jujhar Khaira and F Jesse Puljujarvi on Injured Reserve and activated D Andrej Sekera off Injured Reserve.

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