September 22 2015 12:30PM
Todd McLellan didn't announce any cuts, but he did separate the Oilers into two groups this morning. Group A consists of players who are challenging for a spot on the Oilers roster, while Group B has players who seem destined for Bakersfield or Norfolk (ECHL).
Darnell Nurse is currently in Group B.
September 21 2015 09:35PM
One-hundred-fifty-seven days after the Oilers won the lottery, fans were finally able to see Connor McDavid in an Oilers jersey against another NHL organization. The anticipation has been building in Oilersnation for months, and while the energy, pace and execution of the first preseason game is far from what we will see in the regular season, fans were pumped to get the 2015/2016 season started.
September 21 2015 05:39PM
The Oilers and Flames will play two preseason games on September 21st for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Oilers won 3-1 in Edmonton while the Flames were victorious 1-0 in Calgary, and tonight Oilers fans will get to see Connor McDavid against NHL players for the first time.
I always caution not to read too much into the outcome of preseason games, especially when much of the roster consists of AHL-bound players.
September 18 2015 04:49PM
Group A stepped on the ice at 10 a.m, and groups B and C came on at 12:45 p.m. You can see the Group A lineup here, and I suspect that group will play the Monday home game vs. Calgary, while Group B will be in Calgary Monday night.
September 18 2015 11:19AM
The Oilers hit the ice at 10 a.m in Leduc and Todd McLellan wasted no time setting the tone at practice. Thirty seconds into the first drill, he blew the whistle and reminded the players to move their feet at all times. "Practice with pace," he said.
The drill was a simple one. Players lined up in all four corners. They would leave in pairs from each end, make one cross-ice pass below the ringette line, skate with speed through the neutral zone, the puck carrier would pass it off at the offensive blueline, then drive the net and the puck carrier would shoot. Very simple, but he wanted them to drive the net. McLellan is adamant about driving the net.