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Oilers' James Neal: Flipped in big trade
Neal was acquired by Edmonton from Calgary on Friday in a swap for Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round pick in 2020, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
After failing to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career, Neal will hope for a fresh start with the Oilers. The veteran winger could be a candidate for a top-line role alongside Connor McDavid and should be in contention for a spot on the No. 1 power-play unit as well. If he does get the opportunity to play alongside McDavid, Neal could threaten the 30-goal mark.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Josh Archibald: Signs with Edmonton
Archibald signed a one-year contract with the Oilers on Tuesday.
Archibald had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (12) and points (22) in 68 games with the Coyotes. The 2011 sixth-round pick will slot into a bottom-six role for the Oilers in 2019-20 and could eclipse the 25-point mark if he's able to stay healthy.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Philip Broberg: Lands entry-level deal
Broberg agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Thursday.
Broberg was selected by the Oilers with the eighth overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft. The youngster won't make the immediate jump to the NHL, instead spending the 2019-20 campaign either in the OHL or back in his native Sweden with Skelleftea AIK. Still, fantasy owners in dynasty formats may not want to wait to pick up the defenseman if they can afford to stash him for a year or two.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Gaetan Haas: Inks entry-level deal
Haas signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers on Monday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Haas has spent the last two seasons with SC Bern of the NLA in his native Switzerland, racking up 30 goals and 79 points in 97 games. The 27-year-old forward will compete for a spot in the Oilers' bottom six during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Inks two-year extension
Khaira (undisclosed) agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.4 million contract extension with Edmonton on Monday.
It was a down year for Khaira, as he managed a meager three goals and 15 assists, coming up two marks shy of the 20-point threshold. The young center will look for a bounce-back season in 2019-20 and should be capable of increasing his productivity. If he can earn a spot on the power play, the British Columbia native's value will dramatically increase.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tomas Jurco: Latches on with Edmonton
Jurco signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Oilers on Monday, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
Jurco is right on the borderline of the AHL and NHL, but he'll get an opportunity to make the big club in camp. He has 50 points in 201 career NHL games, and is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 27 points in 31 AHL contests.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Markus Granlund: Signs one-year deal
Granlund inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Oilers on Monday.
Granlund -- who wasn't included among Vancouver's qualifying offer list -- will remain north of the border after signing with Edmonton. The center put up 12 goals, 10 helpers and 123 shots last season while averaging 15:03 of ice time. The 25-year-old figures to take on a bottom-six role with his new club and should be capable of hitting the 20-point mark again in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Alex Chiasson: Re-signs with Edmonton
Chiasson inked a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Oilers on Monday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Chiasson had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (22) and points (38) in 73 games with Edmonton. The 28-year-old winger's goal total will likely regress in 2019-20, but he should be able to crack the 30-point mark for a second straight campaign if he's able to hold onto his top-six role and a spot on one of the Oilers' power-play units.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Signs with Edmonton
Smith signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Oilers on Monday, AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reports.
Smith played with the Flames last season -- posting a 23-16-2 record, 2.73 GAA and .898 save percentage -- so he won't have to move very far. The 37-year-old netminder will compete with Mikko Koskinen for playing time in what will likely start out as a near-even timeshare in net.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Philip Broberg: Considering 2019-20 options
Broberg will be allowed to choose between playing in the juniors with OHL Hamilton or returning to his Swedish club Skelleftea AIK next season, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
While the Oilers don't appear to be overly concerned about where Broberg plays, he won't be making the jump to the NHL, or even AHL right away, and will instead spend another year developing his game. In 41 contests last season for AIK, the 18-year-old notched two goals and seven helpers.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Robin Norell: Rights not retained by Edmonton
Norell did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Norell hasn't appeared in an NHL game, and he's never cracked 10 points in a season with either Djurgarden in his native Sweden or AHL Rockford. There's a good chance his North American playing days are over.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyler Vesel: Not qualified by Edmonton
Vesel did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Vesel has never appeared at the NHL level since being picked in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and he scored just 18 points in 61 games with AHL Bakersfield last season, so parting ways was an easy decision for Edmonton.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Colin Larkin: Not qualified by Edmonton
Larkin did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Colin is nowhere near the player his younger brother Dylan is, having spent the past season playing in the ECHL after notching only two points over 16 AHL games in 2017-18. It would be very surprising to see the older Larkin ever make an NHL appearance.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jujhar Khaira: Qualified by Edmonton
Khaira (undisclosed) received a qualifying offer from the Oilers on Tuesday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Khaira brings a bit of both grit and skill, having compiled 39 points and 80 PIM in 129 appearances over the past two seasons. He'll be a valuable depth piece for the top-heavy Oilers.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Will get qualifying offer
Puljujarvi (hip), who is a restricted free agent, will receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
This move isn't surprising despite the gulf between the player and the team, as the Oilers were never going to let the 2016 fourth overall pick simply walk away, even if they do intend to trade the disgruntled Puljujarvi. Puljujarvi's agent has said the forward would rather go to Europe than keep playing for Edmonton, where he has totaled just 37 points in 139 career games.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Ilya Konovalov: Excellent selection by Oilers
Konovalov was drafted 85th overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Occasionally, you will see a player who is passed over in his draft year only to be selected 12 months later. It's unheard of to see a player such as Konovalov who was passed over THREE different times. Although he is still just 20 years old, Konovalov has quickly developed into one of the best netminders in the KHL. He had a remarkable season (25-15-1, 1.89 GAA, .930 save percentage) for Yaroslavl and there is reason to expect further improvement given his age. Konovalov's future in regards to when he plans on coming over to North America is a bit murky, but adding such a young and talented goalie to their system was a great move for the Oilers.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Raphael Lavoie: Edmonton ends stunning plummet
Lavoie was drafted 38th overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Lavoie's free-fall has finally come to a conclusion. He appeared to be well on his way to becoming a top-10 selection just a year ago. Twelve months later, he has found himself out of the first round entirely. He had a mediocre season for QMJHL Halifax (32 goals, 73 points in 62 games) before exploding in the playoffs. Lavoie is a 6-foot-4 monster with a bunch of offensive skill. He will dominate shifts at the junior level due to sheer size, but that straightforward style of play becomes increasingly difficult as you move up the professional ladder. The fact Lavoie is one of the oldest first-year-eligible players in the draft didn't help matters. This is a high-risk/high-reward pick for Edmonton. There's no way the Oilers ever thought Lavoie would be available at this point when the draft began Friday night.... See More ... See Less
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