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Todd McLellan, Peter Chiarelli

It’s Edmonton Oilers day at PHT


Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Edmonton Oilers.

For a ninth consecutive season the Edmonton Oilers found themselves on the outside looking in when the playoffs began last spring.

Edmonton’s 24-44-14 record was good for 13th in the Western Conference and 28th overall.

As a result of another poor regular season, the Oilers landed in the NHL Draft lottery and for a fourth time in six years won the first overall selection picking Connor McDavid at the June draft.

Jordan Eberle led the Oilers in scoring with 24 goals and 63 points in 81 games, but finished well off his career-high of 34 goals set during the 2011-12 season.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continued to see his goal totals rise setting a new career-high with 24 goals and matched his personal-best 56 points.

Injuries limited Taylor Hall to just 53 games. The 23-year-old scored 14 goals and 24 assists. His 38 points were good for third in Oilers scoring.

Justin Schultz was the top scoring defenseman with six goals goals and 31 points to go along with a minus-17 rating in 81 games.

In goal, Ben Scrivens shouldered the load going 15-26-11 while posting a 3.16 G.A.A. and a .890 save percentage in 57 appearances.

Off-season recap

The biggest off-season moves for the Oilers came off the ice as Peter Chiarelli replaced Craig MacTavish as the club’s general manager and hired Todd McLellan to take over as head coach from Todd Nelson.

On the ice, Chiarelli addressed some of the club’s biggest issues trading for goaltender Cam Talbot and defenseman Griffin Reinhart.

Edmonton also added depth trading veteran Boyd Gordon to Arizona for Lauri Korpikoski.

Chiarelli dipped into the free agent pool and inked free agent defenseman Andrej Sekera and center Mark Letestu.

Coyotes praise Duclair’s ‘outstanding’ playmaking skill

Arizona Coyotes Prospect Development Camp

Anthony Duclair’s making a solid impression on his new team.

Duclair, acquired by Arizona from the Rangers in the Keith Yandle trade, took part in the Coyotes’ prospect development camp this week and earned high praise from head coach Dave Tippett.

“Some of the plays he makes out there are outstanding,” Tippett said, per the Arizona Republic. “He’s a young player that he’ll still have to learn how to play without the puck, some coverage things, but his assets of skating and quickness and skill all are very high priority for us.”

Duclair, who turns 20 in August, figures to be on Arizona’s opening-night roster this season. He’s got NHL experience — seven points in 18 games with the Rangers last year — and is an integral part of the Coyotes’ youth movement.

What’s more, Duclair doesn’t have a ton of competition.

Though they made some moves at forward in free agency — bringing aboard (or, re-board) the likes of Antoine Vermette, Boyd Gordon, Steve Downie and Brad Richardson — the Coyotes are still pretty thin up front, especially on the wings. A left-handed shot that can play the right, Duclair’s in a battle with fellow youngsters Max Domi, Henrik Samuelsson, Jordan Szwarz, Lucas Lessio, Brendan Perlini and Christian Dvorak for minutes with the big club.

It’s a battle he’s ready to take on.

“They’re pushing younger, so what better scenario for me,” he said. “I’m pretty lucky to be here.”

Trade: Oilers get Korpikoski from Coyotes for Gordon

Lauri Korpikoski

The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have traded Lauri Korpikoski to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Boyd Gordon.

Korpikoski set career-highs in 2010-11 with 19 goals and 40 points, but he hasn’t been able to replicate that level of offensive success in recent years. The 28-year-old forward was limited to six goals, 15 assists, and a minus-27 rating in 69 contests last season. At the same time, he averaged 1:41 minutes of shorthanded ice time per game and finished second among Coyotes forwards with 141 hits.

He comes with an annual cap hit of $2.5 million for the next two campaigns. Gordon will cost Arizona $3 million next season, although he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after that.

Gordon previously spent two seasons with the Coyotes before signing with Edmonton in the summer of 2013. The 31-year-old center has never reached the 30-point mark in a single campaign, but he does excel on the draw. He won 55.9% of his faceoffs in 2014-15 and has a 55.3% career record. He also led all Oilers forwards last season with an average of 2:24 minutes of ice time in shorthanded situations.

Make it six in a row: The losing continues for the Oilers

Chris Tierney, Andrew Ference

Different night. Same result.

The Edmonton Oilers, following the firing of coach Dallas Eakins earlier this week and the numerous issues and concerns and rumors surrounding that club, dropped their sixth consecutive game and have now lost 17 of their last 18 games, after dropping a 4-3 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

On the bright side: Edmonton scored three goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 28.

It’s an improvement. But it still wasn’t enough. Despite Edmonton holding the lead into the third period, the Sharks got goals from Matt Tennyson on the power play and Barclay Goodrow to take the lead and eventually get the win.

Those goals came just 34 seconds apart. That can be deflating. Another lesson learned the hard way for an Oilers team that’s been through plenty of disappointment.

“We’ve struggled to close games all season and tonight is a prime example of that. We have to find a way to hold on,” said Oilers’ center Boyd Gordon, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Krejci admits to playing hurt in Bruins’ win over the Oilers

David Krejci

The Boston Bruins extended their win streak to four games with a 5-2 come from behind victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

However, the health of David Krejci appears to be front and center.

Krejci returned to the Bruins lineup after missing another two games with an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be lower body.

The 28-year-old picked up six minutes in penalties in the first period on Thursday and finished the night with an assist on Milan Lucic’s empty-netter.

“It’s a concern that it’s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is,” Krejci said post-game. “This is my first time that I’m actually battling with injuries in my career, so I got to get through it. It’s something new for me. But I’ve been working hard and felt pretty good today. I was good enough to play, so hopefully I’ll have the next few days be good days, and feel even better on Monday.”

Krejci, who finished with 16:16 in time on ice, finished the night winning 62 percent of his face-offs and two shots on goal in the win.

He left the game briefly in the third period when the injury began flaring up.

Krejci has missed five of the team’s first 15 games after initially suffering the injury during the preseason.

“At the end of the game it was getting a little sore, so I was just being smart,” he said. “The game was 4-2 so I know that we have a lot of guys that can do the job,” said Krejci, who is tied for second on the team with 10 points despite missing five games already this year. “So I was just playing smart and tried to keep the shifts short and I’m glad we got it done.”

Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton had the other Bruins’ goals while Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for his seventh win of the season.

Edmonton got out to an early 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Boyd Gordon and Mark Arcobello, but could not hang on.

“We had a critical mistake off the rush on the third one, and then they scored that third goal,” said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. “It’s a bad decision, one that cost us, and then it actually led to the next one as well. That’s a hard one to frame.

“It goes to the mindset that every moment is critical. You’re in control of the game, everything is fine. Even when they scored the second one, I still felt we were in control. But our penalty kill there on the third one, with the big mistake, killed us.”

After winning four of five to close out October, the Oilers have now lost four straight.

Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in the loss.

Lucic was appearing his 500th career NHL game Thursday night. The Bruins 2006, second-round pick (50th overall) now has 124 goals and 307 points to go along with 722 penalty minutes all in Boston colors.