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Oilers' Connor McDavid: Preparing for 2020-21
McDavid (COVID) is skating with Auston Matthews ahead of the 2020-21 season, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
McDavid is back on the ice following his COVID-19 diagnosis back in October as he prepares for the upcoming season. This past year was the first time the world-class center failed to reach the 100-point threshold since his rookie campaign, when he played just 45 games. There is no reason to think McDavid can't produce at that level again in 2020-21, and he should be a near-lock for the No. 1 pick in redraft formats, though teammate Leon Draisaitl could also be in the mix.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Philip Kemp: Grabs entry-level deal
Kemp agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Wednesday.
Kemp spent the past three seasons playing for Yale, where he racked up nine goals, 18 helpers and 53 PIM in 88 appearances. The blueliner will almost certainly spend the upcoming season with AHL Bakersfield, though Oscar Klefbom's shoulder injury could open up a roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Dominik Kahun: Loaned to German team
The Oilers have loaned Kahun to EHC Red Bull Munchen of German's DEL until the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.
Kahun, who picked up 12 goals and 31 points in 56 games split between the Penguins and Sabres last season, recently signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with Edmonton. He'll head to Germany for now, but he'll return to North America ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, and should assume a bottom-six role with the Oilers in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' William Lagesson: Inks two-year extension
Lagesson signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension with the Oilers on Wednesday. The first year of the deal is two way, whereas the second year of the deal is one way.
Lagesson is currently playing for HC Vita Hasten in his native Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan league, having racked up three goals and nine points while posting a plus-6 rating through 11 games. He spent most of the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Bakersfield, notching 10 points in 25 contests, but he also made eight appearances with the Oilers, going scoreless while registering a minus-4 rating over that span. He'll likely once again bounce between the AHL and NHL in 2020-21, but he could be a full-time player for the big club the following year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Dominik Kahun: Joining Oilers
Kahun signed a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Oilers on Sunday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Kahun scored 12 goals and 31 points across 56 games last season with the Penguins and Sabres. He didn't receive a qualifying offer from Buffalo this offseason, so he was able to secure a deal with Edmonton as an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old forward should be in line for middle-six minutes next season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Ethan Bear: Solid in first full season
Bear produced five goals and 21 points in 71 games in 2019-20.
Bear played his first full NHL season last year and earned a large role, averaging 21:58 of ice time per game. The 23-year-old blueliner seems to be a lock for the Oilers' top-four, but he may lose some offensive opportunities with Tyson Barrie now in the fold. Bear added 106 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating last season. He should be able to make improvements on offense next year -- it wouldn't be shocking to see him register 30 points if there's a full 82-game campaign. Most of his production is expected to come at even strength.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto: Emerging top-six option
Yamamoto finished 2019-20 with 11 goals and 26 points in 27 appearances.
Yamamoto scored in his season debut on New Year's Eve and never looked back, establishing himself as a top-six option for the Oilers over the second half of the regular season. He converted his shots at a 25 percent rate -- that number will likely regress in 2020-21 -- but he should still have a positive impact for fantasy managers. Yamamoto's success is a product of playing with either of the Oilers' elite pivots Leon Draisaitl or Connor McDavid. He'll likely be worth a middle-to-late round pick in standard fantasy drafts next year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kris Russell: Lands one-year extension
Russell signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with the Oilers on Wednesday.
This deal will keep Russell in Edmonton through the 2021-22 campaign. The veteran blueliner's ice time dropped dramatically in 2019-20, as he only averaged 16:47 per contest after averaging 20:25 the previous year, but he should continue to be a capable bottom-four option for the Oilers over the next two seasons. Nonetheless, he won't produce enough points to be considered a useful fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Sticking in Edmonton
Smith signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Oilers on Saturday.
Smith played 39 games for the Oilers last season and posted a .902 save percentage and 2.95 GAA -- both marks worse than Mikko Koskinen's stats. However, Smith recorded a team-high 19 wins and served as a steady backup. The two netminders operated in a 1A-1B capacity last season and will likely follow a similar plan in the upcoming campaign. Smith won't be a dependable fantasy asset unless Koskinen gets hurt.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyson Barrie: Secures one-year deal in Edmonton
Barrie signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Oilers on Saturday.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Barrie received two offers for more money elsewhere, but he opted to sign in Edmonton. This will serve as a sort of "prove it" deal for Barrie after last year's disappointing output in Toronto, as he posted 39 points -- 12 on the power play -- through 70 games. It wasn't a bad stat line, but he posted at least 57 points and 25 power-play points in each of the previous two seasons. In Edmonton, he'll be locked into a top-four role and should quarterback a power-play unit. The Oilers have plenty of star power led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, so Barrie should be able to boost his offensive numbers again and be an intriguing fantasy option next season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyler Ennis: Re-ups in Edmonton
Ennis (leg) signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Oilers on Friday.
The Oilers acquired Ennis at the deadline, and he contributed well before the league paused in March, posting two goals, two assists and 20 shots on net over nine games. The 31-year-old winger suffered a fractured leg during the qualifying round of the playoffs, but he could be ready when next season starts. Expect Ennis to operate in the bottom-six once he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Seth Griffith: Heads to Edmonton
Griffith signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Oilers on Friday.
Griffith hasn't played an NHL game over the last two seasons, but he's been quite good in the minors, recording 37 goals and 61 assists over 127 games. He's a longshot to make the Oilers' roster out of training camp, but he could get an opportunity with the big club if injuries surface.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Anton Forsberg: Finds new home in Edmonton
Forsberg signed a one-year contract with the Oilers on Friday.
Forsberg has been solid in the AHL over the last two seasons with a .913 save percentage, but he's been unable to maintain a consistent role at the top level. With the Oilers bringing back Mike Smith to back up Mikko Koskinen, Forsberg will spend most of the season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Alan Quine: Heads to Edmonton
Quine signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Oilers on Friday.
Quine spent the last two seasons with Calgary but mainly played in the minors. The 27-year-old will get a fresh start in Edmonton, but he'll be on the bubble to make the NHL roster once again. Over 106 NHL games, Quine has posted 10 goals and 18 assists.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kyle Turris: Heading to Oil Country
Turris signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal with the Oilers on Friday.
Fresh off a buyout by the Predators of his six-year, $36 million contract, Turris will now get a fresh start with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Co. The 31-year-old will likely never reach the heights of his 64-point 2014-15 campaign with Ottawa -- or fulfill the expectations of his lofty third-overall draft pick status from 2007, for that matter -- but this could be a perfect fit for Turris. With 416 career points in 726 games, it's clear he knows how to get on the scoresheet, and any type of assignment with the aforementioned superstars above is sure to align him to improve upon last season's 31-point showing.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Olivier Rodrigue: Loaned to Austrian club
The Oilers have loaned Rodrigue to the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League.
Rodrigue spent the 2019-20 season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, compiling a 31-7-1 record while posting a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage. He'll likely be recalled ahead of Edmonton's training camp, but he's still at least a few years away from making an impact at the NHL level.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Maxim Beryozkin: Russian prospect joins Oilers
Beryozkin was drafted 138th overall by the Oilers at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
A huge (6-foot-2, 200 pounds), powerful kid, Beryozkin was one of the MHL's most impactful players this past season. He played in a variety of different situations for Yaroslavl and finished 16th in league scoring with 25 goals and 54 points in 51 games. The first thing you notice about Beryozkin is his size. Once you get past that, you see a kid with a heavy wrist shot and underrated playmaking ability. He's also competent defensively. Beryozkin needs to be more aggressive and use his large frame to his advantage more consistently but he possesses a highly intriguing tool kit. Expect Beryozkin to see significant action with Yaroslavl's KHL club next season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyler Tullio: Drafted by Edmonton
Tullio was drafted 126th overall by the Oilers at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
NHL clubs make a concerted effort to add speed and skill to their prospect pools and those are Tullio's two greatest attributes. The Lakeshore, Ontario native is fresh of a year in which he averaged better than a point-per-game (27 goals, 66 points in 62 games) for OHL Oshawa. The issue Tullio will have to overcome in the coming seasons is a lack of size. He checks in at 5-foot-9 and about 160 pounds and it's fair to wonder if his body will hold up at the professional level given how hard he plays on a nightly basis. The hope for Edmonton is that Tullio will be able to add 20 pounds worth of muscle to his frame and still maintain his elusiveness.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Carter Savoie: Sniper off to Edmonton
Savoie was drafted 100th overall by the Oilers at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Savoie won't be the last member of his family to be drafted. His younger brother Matthew was the first overall selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and is expected to be a top pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The elder Savoie led the Alberta Jr. league in goals this past season with 53. Carter's offensive skills are not in question, but his effort level is inconsistent and he's not a great skater. Savoie is a bit of a one-dimensional prospect who will be forced to round out his game in order to be a successful pro. Still, Savoie is clearly worth the risk at this point in the draft given his goal-scoring ability. He is off to the University of Denver.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Set for NHL return
Puljujarvi agreed to terms on a two-year, $3.5 million deal with Edmonton on Wednesday.
The winger will still start the year overseas with Karpat (Finland) but then can link up with the organization for training camp. The 2016 fourth-overall pick racked up 53 points in 56 games playing in Sweden last year and could get an opportunity to play on the Oilers' top line with Connor McDavid given his skating and scoring touch.... See More ... See Less