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Oilers' Luca Munzenberger: Big defender joins Edmonton
Munzenberger was drafted 90th overall by the Oilers at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Munzenberger made a name for himself with a strong showing for his native Germany at the World Juniors and his stock has been on the rise ever since. A big kid (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) with a long reach and strong work ethic in all three zones, Munzenberger possesses the foot speed to close on opposing defenders should he be caught out of position. This is a sleeper pick for the Oilers. Munzenberger is committed to the University of Vermont.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Xavier Bourgault: Creative forward goes 22nd overall
Bourgault was drafted 22nd overall by the Oilers at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Bourgault is a skilled center with courage and creativity with the puck on his stick. He's put up remarkable totals in the QMJHL, including 20 goals in just 29 games in 2020-21. Bourgault is also a decent defensive player, something you don't always associate with products from the Q. He's probably better suited to play the wall in the NHL, but should still be a solid middle-six point producer with secondary power-play upside. The Oil need complementary offense and talented guys who can play with their stars. Bourgault can do that.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Secures two-year deal
Smith agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million pact with Edmonton on Thursday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Smith is coming off a solid regular season in which he went 21-6-2 with three shutouts, a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage in 32 appearances. Unfortunately, the veteran netminder flopped in the playoffs, getting swept by Winnipeg while posting a .912 save percentage. Heading into the upcoming season, Smith should continue to see the bulk of the workload but may have to share some of the starts with Mikko Koskinen and/or Alex Stalock.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tyson Barrie: Not protected for Expansion Draft
Barrie was left off the protected list in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
Barrie is a pending unrestricted free agent, so he wasn't expected to be protected by the Oilers. The 29-year-old led all defensemen in points last year with 48 (in 56 games).... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Could miss another season
Klefbom (shoulder) has a "very slim chance" at playing during the 2021-22 season, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Klefbom already missed the entire 2020-21 campaign with a shoulder injury that wasn't surgically repaired until late March. He tallied 34 points in 62 games during the 2019-20 season while averaging over 25 minutes of ice time. Edmonton's acquisition of Duncan Keith would lessen the blow of the 27-year-old being absent for another year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Tim Soderlund: Dealt to Oilers
Soderlund was traded from Chicago with Duncan Keith to Edmonton on Monday in exchange for Caleb Jones and a 2022 third-round draft pick, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.
Soderlund spent some time on the Blachawks' taxi squad last season but has yet to make his NHL debut. A fourth-round pick in 2017, the 23-year-old forward recorded five assists in 23 games with AHL Rockford during the 2020-21 campaign. He'll likely start next season in the minors again.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Duncan Keith: Dealt to Oilers
Keith was traded by the Blackhawks to the Oilers on Monday in exchange for Caleb Jones and a 2021 third-round draft pick, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Keith has spent the entirety of his 16-year NHL career in Chicago, where he piled up 625 points in 1,192 regular-season contests and won three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He turns 38 this week and it's unclear how many years he has left in the tank, but he's got two years left on a 13-year megadeal that features a salary cap hit of $5.5 million. Keith recorded a career-low 15 points in 54 games in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Adds two trophies to case
McDavid was voted as the unanimous Hart Trophy winner and also was selected as the Ted Lindsay Award winner this season,
McDavid's dominant regular season, in which he had 33 goals and 105 points in 56 contests, earned him MVP status from both the media and his fellow players. The 24-year-old is just the second unanimous Hart Trophy winner in league history, joining Wayne Gretzky. McDavid will likely be a top-2 pick in fantasy drafts this fall as he looks to continue putting up impressive numbers in what's expected to be a full season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Secures eight-year deal
Nugent-Hopkins signed an eight-year, $41 million contract with Edmonton on Tuesday.
Nugent-Hopkins has appeared in 656 games for the Oilers since being selected first overall in the 2001 NHL Draft. Over those 10 seasons, the 28-year-old winger compiled four 20-goal campaigns and has topped the 50-point threshold five times. With a full 82-game campaign next year, Nugent-Hopkins should be capable of reaching both those marks in 2021-22 which makes him a top-end fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Devin Shore: Earns extension Wednesday
Shore inked a two-year contract extension with Edmonton on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old was solid in his first season with the Oilers, recording five goals and nine points while averaging 10:55 of ice time in 38 games. Now re-signed, look for Shore to continue a bottom-six role in Edmonton for the 2021-22 season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Joakim Nygard: Loaned overseas
Nygard was loaned to Farjestad BK of the SHL on Friday, Elite Prospects reports.
The Oilers were swept by the Jets in the first round of the playoffs, so Nygard will head overseas to presumably keep training in preparation for the beginning of the 2021-22 SHL campaign. The 28-year-old forward went scoreless through nine appearances with Edmonton this season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Josh Archibald: Suspension served
Archibald served his one-game suspension for Monday's Game 4 versus the Jets.
Archibald would have been eligible to return to the lineup had the Oilers' season not ended with Monday's 4-3 triple overtime loss. The 28-year-old closed the campaign with 13 points, 37 PIM and 192 hits in 52 regular-season outings before notching 15 hits without a point in three playoff appearances. He should be in line to fill a bottom-six role again next season.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Adam Larsson: Delivers assist Monday
Larsson posted an assist, two hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 4-3 triple overtime loss to the Jets in Game 4.
Larsson logged 39:00 of ice time as the Oilers essentially played a full game's worth of time rotating only their top two defensive pairings. The 28-year-old Larsson had two helpers, nine hits and seven blocked shots in the Oilers' abbreviated four-game playoff run. The 28-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but it's believed the blueliner could land a new contract to stay in Edmonton before he would hit the open market.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Zack Kassian: Grabs helper
Kassian recorded an assist and six hits in Monday's 4-3 triple overtime loss to the Jets in Game 4.
Kassian was effective once he was bumped up to a top-six assignment, notching a goal and an assist in the last two games of the series. The 30-year-old winger battled injuries throughout 2020-21, which limited him to five points, 73 hits and a minus-4 rating in 27 regular-season contests. His fantasy value in 2021-22 is highly dependent on his role -- he can help if he plays alongside a superstar, but he's unlikely to produce often in a bottom-six capacity.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Picks up assist Monday
Puljujarvi recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 triple overtime loss to the Jets in Game 4.
Puljujarvi managed a goal and an assist in the four-game sweep at the hands of the Jets. The 23-year-old added 15 shots on net and eight hits while often working in a top-six role. After a positive return to North America with 25 points in 55 regular-season outings, Puljujarvi will look to continue improving in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Up and down in loss
Smith allowed four goals on 43 shots in Monday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg in Game 4.
After allowing five goals in Game 3, Smith had another tough regulation for the Oilers but was fabulous in overtime, stopping Nikolaj Ehlers in close late in the first OT. Unfortunately for Smith, a Kyle Connor breakaway in the third overtime snuck past the 39-year-old and eliminated the Oilers. The Kingston native allowed 12 goals in series, including three in overtime, and is a pending UFA this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Connor McDavid: Goal not enough to avoid sweep
McDavid scored a goal in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Jets in triple overtime in Game 4.
Looking to keep the season alive, the Oilers captain beat Connor Hellebuyck on a wraparound for his first, and only, goal of the playoffs. McDavid led the Oilers forwards with a whopping 45:46 in ice time, but it wasn't enough to extend the series.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Nifty goal in Game 4
Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 4-3 triple overtime loss to the Jets in Game 4.
Nugent-Hopkins tied the game for the Oilers in the second period on a terrific backhand goal from right in front of Connor Hellebuyck. Playing in 39:58 after the contest went to triple overtime and sealed the fate of the Oilers' 2021 season, the 28-year-old's two points were his only points of the series.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Alex Chiasson: Scores in return to the lineup
Chiasson scored a goal in Monday's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Jets in Game 4.
After being scratched by the Oilers in Game 3, Chiasson gave the team its first lead of the game battling in front of the net for a goal on the power play. Oddly enough, Chiasson didn't receive a single shift in overtime despite scoring in the game, logging only 9:40 of total ice time with the season on the line. The 30-year-old had only 16 points in 45 games in the regular season and posted a minus-10 rating.... See More ... See Less
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