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James Neal Looking Forward To Edmonton’s Power Play

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Being on any power play is fun, but joining one that boasts Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is pretty much any goal scorer’s dream.

“They’re a different level of skill,” said Oilers winger James Neal, who skated on the first unit in practice Sunday. “They have that ability to draw guys in and dish pucks out when you’re all alone.

“You know when you’re on the power play that (the PK) focus is trying to get the puck out of their hands, so there are going to be a lot of opportunities for open ice.

“For me, that’s a great thing. Being able to get open and put the puck in the net is one of my best attributes.”

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The Mood In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Thursday the team reported for medicals and that sense of optimism for the big picture under GM Ken Holland was in place to some extent in the community. Not so much for the season at hand.

The city definitely isn’t giddy as the boys are back in town to face the prospects of becoming the first team in National Hockey League history to miss the playoffs in 14 of 15 seasons.

Let’s not try to kid anybody here. The fans, who have sold out Oilers games throughout the Decade of Darkness, are somewhere between fatalistic and pessimistic.

It’s difficult to find a preseason prognosticator picking the Oilers in the playoffs and, as they saying goes in the ticket business, good seats are still available.

The thing is, though, that it doesn’t much matter what the mood and the attitude might be outside the dressing room. At this point it’s how the team sees itself.

There are generally 31 optimistic teams heading into training camp but this appears to be a very sober, serious group that new general manager Ken Holland and new head coach Dave Tippett will see gathered on the ice at Rogers Place Friday morning for the first time.

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About Riley Shehan Signing With The Edmonton Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Familiarity does breed content if you’re Riley Sheahan.

The former Detroit Red Wings’ first-rounder, drafted by Ken Holland in 2010, signed with the Oilers’ new GM Thursday, a one-year deal for $900,000, with the hope the 27-year-old who has also played for Pittsburgh and Florida will be Edmonton’s third or fourth-line centre off his 447 NHL games.

There was much conjecture Sheahan might be brought here on a camp tryout rather than get a contract with the Oilers tight cap situation but because the Oilers don’t expect veteran Kyle Brodziak to pass the main camp physical, there was a spot for Sheahan as a veteran signee in the centre mix.

“We’re trying to sign some players, give us some competition … and Riley gives us some insurance,” said Holland, who drafted Sheahan with the 21st overall pick nine years ago and traded him to Pittsburgh in 2017 in a salary cap issue after signing hold-out Andreas Athanasiou and having to move some money....

“If you go to the NHL guide and record book, he had 24 points in his first half season (42 games) and he’s had over 30 points a couple of times,” said Holland, who will let coach Dave Tippett decide where he fits. “He’s played in a third-line role but he has to grab it. He had a tough year a few years back where he didn’t score until the last game when he got a couple of goals. He went to Pittsburgh and Florida since.”

“I know him, he’s a good young man and he’s played centre in the National Hockey League. We have established people at the top end a centre and at the bottom we have a lot of players we think have a chance. Granlund and (Jujhar) Khaira have played some centre, too,” he said.

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Edmonton Oilers Sign Riley Sheahan

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Riley Sheahan to a one-year contract.

Sheahan, 27, spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers, appearing in 82 games, recording 19 points (9G, 10A) and17 penalty minutes.

The 6’3”, 214-pound forward has now appeared in 447 career NHL games over eight seasons with Detroit, Pittsburgh and Florida, posting 149 points (58G, 91A), and 77 penalty minutes.

From St. Catharines, Ontario, Sheahan played parts of three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, capturing a Calder Cup in 2013. He also spent three seasons (2009-12) in the NCAA at the University of Notre Dame.

Sheahan was originally drafted by Detroit in the first round, 21st overall at the 2010 NHL Draft.


Numerous reports say $900K

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Afternoon Line- Bob Stauffer On James Neal

 

added 3:01pm, Below, watch James Neal after a skate today.

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How’s Connor McDavid?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Connor McDavid has not had any setbacks in his recovery from a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and no one is saying that his return to the Edmonton Oilers will be in November or December.

That’s the good news.

Any major knee injury is a six-month rehabilitation project, however, and the Edmonton Oilers captain ran into that goalpost in Calgary on April 6. With the Oilers’ season opener set for Oct. 2 versus the Vancouver Canucks — inside six months from the date of the injury — there are no promises that McDavid will be taking the opening faceoff.

“He tore his PCL,” agent Jeff Jackson told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday.

“For a guy like him, who relies so much on his skating his edgework, cutting back … You don’t want to have anything go wrong when you’re rehabbing. So it’s been very meticulous, very carefully orchestrated, the progression. But he’s doing really well.

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Afternoon Line- Leon Draisaitl

"You obviously want guys to pan out and want guys to help you on your team, but again, it seems like he doesn't want to be on our team as of right now. Maybe that changes. But again, we have people that are paid a lot of money to make those decisions."

Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers on Jesse Puljujarvi.  TSN has more including video.

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Ken Holland Has Tried To Move Jess Puljujarvi Who Has Signed To Play In Finland

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

From cold to colder, dark to darker, Puljujarvi will take his talents to the Finnish Elite League’s Oulun Karpat, a powerhouse in the league that sits a level below the Kontinental Hockey League, which lies some distance below the competitive level of the National Hockey League....

As for this season, he has until 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 to sign his Q.O., or he cannot play in the NHL in the 2019-20 season. (You’ll recall the William Nylander negotiations stretching to the final moments last season.)

By later November, Karpat will have played some 24 Liiga games, a decent sample from which Oilers general manager Ken Holland can fashion a trade — assuming Puljujarvi shows as a dominant player in Oulu.

"I don’t know that him signing in Finland has a huge effect on the situation," Holland said on Tuesday morning, adding that is better for everyone that Puljujarvi is playing somewhere rather than holding out. "I’ve had conversations with numerous clubs that have had interest, some interest, in acquiring Jesse. And I have had, probably in the last 10 days, two or three new teams reach out to me. Teams whose positions have changed, and are checking into the Puljujarvi situation.

"I’ll do a deal if I feel good that I’m making a deal in the best interests of the Edmonton Oilers."

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Is Connor McDavid Really Happy In Edmonton?

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

Four years into the Connor McDavid era, McDavid kept getting better and the Edmonton Oilers kept getting worse. No one seemed more confused by this turn of events than the man at the middle of it.

A general conversation began to emerge in the NHL – does McDavid need rescuing? Is there something the army can do? Doesn’t it have helicopters and experience with human extraction?

McDavid – the companiest company man in the NHL – laughed off those questions, too.

“I want to be here,” he said. “If I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t have signed an eight-year deal.”

It sounded believable. Almost.

Now that he’s had the summer to think about it, McDavid doesn’t sound any more sure about things.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

“Two veteran guys, Kenny Holland with a long time in Detroit putting together the dynasty there… that’s an impressive run. Anytime you can get a guy like that to run your team is probably a good thing. And obviously ‘Tip’ (Dave Tippett) with all his experience and kind of his structure and all that I think is going to be a really good fit for our group.”

-Connor McDavid.  More from and on McDavid at Sportsnet.

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