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RELEASE: Oilers loan Desharnais and Holloway, activate Yamamoto

The Oilers have loaned the pair to Bakersfield and activated Kailer Yamamoto off LTIR before Friday's game against the Rangers

by Staff @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have loaned defenceman Vincent Desharnais and forward Dylan Holloway to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors and activated forward Kailer Yamamoto off Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR).

Desharnais missed Wednesday's shootout defeat to Detroit due to illness, but the 26-year-old has been an important addition to the Oilers since his recall from Bakersfield on Jan. 9 ahead of making his NHL debut two days later at the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks.

Edmonton has gone 9-1-2 in the 12 games this season where Desharnais has been in the lineup, with the Laval, QC product recording four assists, six shots, 17 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating.

Holloway has produced three goals and six assists in 51 games this campaign, including his first NHL goal back in November at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. The Calgary, AB product recorded his first career multi-point game on Jan. 17 with two assists in a 7-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken.

Yamamoto is clear to return to the lineup on Friday when the Oilers host the Rangers at Rogers Place after missing the last 12 games due to injury. Yamamoto posted an assist in his last appearance on Jan. 12 in a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks and has four goals and eight assists in 31 games this season.

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BLOG: Yamamoto confirmed ready to return after Thursday's skate

Coach Woodcroft confirmed in his post-practice media availability that the winger will return to the lineup on Friday to face the Rangers

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach /

EDMONTON, AB - No question about Kailer Yamamoto -- he'll be good to go for the Edmonton Oilers against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

When posed a question by a media member after Thursday's practice at Rogers Place toward the forward's progression back from injury, Head Coach Jay Woodcroft wasn't leaving anything on Yamamoto's status for Friday's visit from the Blueshirts up to different interpretations.

"No, he's ready," the coach said. "He'll be in the game tomorrow."

The Spokane, Wash. product has missed 12 games with a nagging injury after last suiting up and registering an assist in a 6-2 win on the road on Jan. 12 over the Anaheim Ducks. Missing Wednesday's date with Detroit brought the 24-year-old's tally to 24 games missed due to injury this season across three separate stints on the sidelines -- two of which have been lengthy month-plus absences.

Yamamoto was originally eligible to be activated off Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) on Sunday afternoon, but a few extra days to recover are hopefully going to be what the right-winger needs to put this nagging injury behind him so he can get up to speed for the final push to the playoffs.

"I think these last couple of days, I've been trending in the right direction here for a little bit," he said. "But I think those last couple of extra days definitely helped and feeling really good right now."

"It's definitely time to put it in the rear-view (mirror). "Like I said, it's been lingering for a while. I think it's time to take the step and move past this and look forward to the rest of the season."

Video: RAW | Kailer Yamamoto 02.16.23

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RELEASE: Kane activated, Yamamoto and Murray placed on LTIR

The Oilers made three roster moves ahead of Tuesday's game against the Seattle Kraken

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers made three roster moves ahead of Tuesday's game vs. Seattle.

  • Forward Evander Kane has been activated from long-term injured reserve (LTIR)
  • Forward Kailer Yamamoto has been placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR)
  • Defenceman Ryan Murray has been placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR)

Kane recorded five goals and eight assists in 14 games this season prior to sustaining a wrist injury during the Nov. 8 road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Since signing with the Oilers last January, the 31-year-old has scored 40 goals and 29 assists for 69 points in 72 combined regular season and playoff games.

Video: RAW | Evander Kane 01.16.23

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BLOG: Oilers on the mend

Warren Foegele and Ryan McLeod return to skating as the Oilers await reinforcements to their lineup

by Michael Arcuri @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - Help is on the way.

Warren Foegele skated with the main group yesterday for the first time since Edmonton's win on Nov. 26 against the New York Rangers, while today, it was Ryan McLeod who made his return to the ice in an optional practice at Rogers Place. 

"I just kind of wanted to get out with the group today, shoot on the goalie for the first time in probably three weeks," McLeod said after the skate. "It's going to be a bit, still don't really know a timeline yet, but progressing really well so I'm happy with it."

McLeod was coming off one of his best games of the season, picking up three assists in the 4-3 win over the Rangers before missing the next 10 games with a lower-body injury. 

"Yeah, it's tough," McLeod said about the unfortunate timing. "Obviously you never want to get hurt or anything, especially when you feel like a little bit of momentum is coming your way, but I think i'll come back even stronger. So I'm looking forward to it."

Video: RAW | Ryan McLeod 12.16.22

"I thought it was positive that he skated with the group today. It's still not a full team skate, but I thought it was positive that he was out there," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "I think he's making strides. He has the type of injury that you just have to make sure you're monitoring and see how he responds as you kind of ratchet up his work level."

The 23-year-old was starting to build off a breakthrough '21-22 campaign where he established himself as a bonafide NHLer, playing 71 games and recording 21 points (9G, 12A). Getting back on the ice was a step in the right direction for McLeod who is still a little ways away from returning to the Oilers lineup. 

One forward who is a little closer to returning is Foegele, who has also been out since the Rangers game last month. 

"I've been working really hard with the staff here to try to get healthy," Foegele said. "It's been a good couple of weeks and I'm just waiting for the call."

The 26-year-old had also been starting to find his groove prior to the injury, scoring three times in the eight games prior to leaving the Oilers lineup. His return seems imminent however, with the Oilers annoucning on Friday that they have placed Brad Malone on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors. 

Woodcroft still would not confirm if Foegele would be in the lineup tomorrow as the Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks in a 2:00 p.m. contest at Rogers Place. "Warren Foegele is an available player to us. We'll see tomorrow," the Oilers coach said.  

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Video: RAW | Warren Foegele 12.16.22

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BLOG: Yamamoto ready to return to the lineup against Washington

The Oilers winger is "happy to be back" for tonight's meeting with the Capitals after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach /

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers will receive reinforcements in the form of forward Kailer Yamamoto's return to the lineup on Monday night against the Washington Capitals.

The Spokane, Wash. product has missed the last 11 games since last appearing for the Blue & Orange in a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning back on Nov. 8 at AMALIE Arena. Yamamoto also missed the Oilers season opener against the Vancouver Canucks before recording three assists, 15 shots and a +4 plus/minus in the following 13 games prior to coming down with his upper-body injury.

"Yeah, it's been a tough first start to the year," Yamamoto said. "It's tough, but at the end of the day, you've got to keep moving forward, keep looking to when you're going to get back, so I'm back in the lineup now and I'm fired up. It should be a good one tonight."

Yamamoto has been practicing regularly over the past week and even travelled with the team for their last two-game road trip to Chicago and Minnesota with the potential of returning to the lineup at some point in the back-to-back. But the 24-year-old has had to bide his time for his chance to return to the lineup, working in close consultation with the Oilers medical and training staffs.

Video: PRE-RAW | Kailer Yamamoto 12.05.22

"I had a lot of good long talks with the docs, and I think they gave me a couple of extra days," Yamamoto said. "A couple of extras don't hurt, so I trust them and the process they had for me. I think they have my best interests, so yeah, I trust them and I think it's good."

"Talking to Docs, they had a plan for me. I think we followed that and executed it, so I'm happy to be back and it should be a good one, too."

With injuries beginning to pile up for the Oilers, Yamamoto's return and his deployment of a high-energy and tenacious game will be a welcomed addition to the group. With the extra days to make sure his health is at 100 percent, Yamamoto won't hold anything back from the skillset that's made him a desirable linemate for the likes of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid in the past.

"I don't try to look at the injury part too much, to be fully honest. It's hockey, it happens," he said. "There's a lot of injuries, but I think just getting back to my game hitting, playing that high-energy game that I've played since I've been here."

"Just get into it. Get my legs going, maybe take a little body and kind of just hopefully get back to my game, shoot the puck, get in on the forecheck and stuff like that."

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RELEASE: Oilers place McLeod, Yamamoto on IR; recall Hamblin, Benson

The Oilers made a pair of corresponding roster moves, including the placement of Ryan McLeod on IR and the first NHL call-up for James Hamblin

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have placed forwards Ryan McLeod and Kailer Yamamoto on Injured Reserve (IR) and recalled forwards Tyler Benson and James Hamblin from the Bakersfield Condors.

Benson has been activated off IR after completing a conditioning loan to Bakersfield, where the Edmonton product recorded two assists in three AHL games.

Hamblin, also an Edmonton product, receives his first NHL call-up and is in the first year of a two-year entry-level contract with three goals and six assists in 15 AHL games for the Condors this season.

Video: GOAL | James Hamblin 10.05.22

McLeod recorded three assists in Saturday's 4-3 comeback win over the New York Rangers and has three goals and five assists in 21 games. Yamamoto has missed the last seven games for the Oilers after playing 15:52 in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning back back on Nov. 8.

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FEATURE: Kane returns in good spirits following scary wrist injury

"Just seeing that he's okay, and then him being around his teammates, put a smile on everybody's face today," Woodcroft said

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach /

SUNRISE, FL - It happened in only a split moment, but Evander Kane can recall every detail of his frightening and life-threatening injury.

"I remember a lot," the forward said.

After suffering a serious wrist injury during the second period of Tuesday's game in Tampa, it was a major sigh of relief for Oil Country and the extended NHL community to see Kane already back around his teammates at Oilers practice on Friday in Sunrise, where the Oilers will face the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon.

Kane spoke to the media for the first time since the incident while sporting a heavily-wrapped left wrist that was suspended in a shoulder sling, but the 31-year-old showed up at the rink in the morning with a beaming smile that was soon shared by the entire team upon his arrival.

"Absolutely great. He had a big smile on his face," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said of Kane's return to the team. "I know the fellas were so excited to see him and see that he was okay. Just seeing that he's okay, and then him being around his teammates, put a smile on everybody's face today."

Video: RAW | Evander Kane 11.11.22

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RELEASE: Oilers place Kane on LTIR, recall Janmark and Kostin

Kane will be out for three-to-four months following a scary incident in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay

by Staff @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Evander Kane on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) and recalled forwards Klim Kostin and Mattias Janmark from the Bakersfield Condors.

Kane will miss three-to-four-months with a wrist injury sustained in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After being immediately assessed by doctors, paramedics and the training staffs of both the Oilers and Lightning, Kane was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition following a procedure on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Kane delivered his own statement via Twitter:

Tweet from @evanderkane: On the mend, thank you 🙏

Janmark signed with the Oilers as a free agent back in July and has played in four games with Bakersfield this season, recording two goals and two assists with a +3 plus/minus rating.

Kostin was acquired via trade with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season for defenceman Dmitri Samorukov and has since tallied two goals, two assists, 15 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in nine games for Bakersfield.


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BLOG: Holloway healthy and ready to push for NHL spot

The 2020 first-round pick is looking to break the Oilers opening night lineup after fully recovering from his wrist injury

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike /

EDMONTON, AB - After a dream debut, Dylan Holloway is working hard to make sure there is an opening night encore.

The Oilers 2020 first-round pick had a first game experience very few players receive -- making his NHL debut last season against the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference final. It's an atmosphere and a moment the top prospect will never forget.

"It was kind of funny, I was telling people before the game I felt great and this is unbelievable. I can't wait, this is so exciting," Holloway said at informal skates at the Downtown Community Arena on Wednesday. "Warmup, I get out there and I didn't feel nerves at all. As soon as we stepped out for the anthem and the whole crowd was going nuts, I was like 'holy crap, this is insane'."

Making your debut in a playoff game is an incredible experience. To do it in front of the best fans in the NHL? That was something special.

"It's unbelievable, it's actually insane how loud the crowd was to me. I don't know how many people were in the stands, but every seat was packed, everybody was standing and cheering," Holloway said. "Oilers fans are the best, even watching the games from up top it was the best. It was a pretty cool experience."

Video: RAW | Dylan Holloway 08.31.22

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RELEASE: Puljujarvi, Russell activated

The Oilers have moved the forward and defenceman to the active roster ahead of Thursday's game vs. Buffalo

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have made four roster moves ahead of Thursday's game.

  • Forward Jesse Puljujarvi has been activated from injured reserve
  • Defenceman Kris Russell has been activated from long-term injured reserve
  • Forward Tyler Benson has been loaned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors
  • Forward Brad Malone has been loaned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors

Puljujarvi has scored 12 goals and 16 assists including four power-play markers in 46 games this season, while Russell has recorded four assists in 20 games with a +6 rating.

Video: PRE-RAW | Jesse Puljujarvi 03.17.22

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