A Conversation with Zack Kassian

Jason Gregor
January 07 2016 01:04PM

Kassian

The Oilers acquired Zack Kassian, the 13th overall pick in 2009, from the Montreal Canadiens for Ben Scrivens on December 28th. Kassian, who spent a few months in rehab after a car accident on October 4th, reported to the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate in Bakersfield in hopes of re-starting in NHL career.

The Oilers are his fourth organization in six and a half seasons, and needless to stay this could be his final chance to become a regular in the NHL. Kassian has played 198 games and tallied 35-31-66 and 307 penalty minutes in the past four seasons. He has the size, speed and skill to play in the NHL, but can he find the consistency necessary to stay?

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McDavid and Yakupov take part in battle drills

Jason Gregor
January 06 2016 02:33PM

Conyak

Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov took another step in their rehab today, as both were involved in a battle drill during practice.

Todd McLellan had a unique practice. The entire 60 minutes focused on offense and offensive zone time, and this is part of his plan to start implementing more drills, habits and skills to his team. He feels they are ready to handle more, but he says the risk is the team can't forget the details they've worked on until now. They need to maintain their habits and schemes, but also digest the new ones the coaches will present in the second half of the season.

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GDB 41.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Halfway mark of the season

Jason Gregor
January 04 2016 05:00PM

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The Oilers will reach the halfway mark of the season at the conclusion of tonight's game vs. Carolina. If they only played games at home the Oilers would be a very competitive team. They are 11-7-1 (23 points) when Todd McLellan has last change, and a win tonight would give them the most home points of any team in the Pacific division.

They are a much more confident team on home ice, but if they want to stay in the playoff race in the second half they will need to improve their play on the road. They've garnered a league-low 12 points (in 21 games) away from home and only Vancouver, Winnipeg and Columbus (22) have played more road games.

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Looking Ahead and a Sincere Thank You

Jason Gregor
December 30 2015 11:15AM

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The Edmonton Oilers 2015 calendar was another disappointing year, on the ice at least.

They were 16-22-6 in 44 games between January and April, and they are currently 15-20-3 from October to December with one game remaining before the calendar turns to 2016.

They are a combined 31-42-9 in 2015, and once again they are struggling to be competitive.

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GDB 38.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - Powerplay struggles

Jason Gregor
December 29 2015 07:26PM

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The Oilers are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games despite a non-existent powerplay. They are 3 for 30 in the month of December and special teams cost them the game vs. Calgary on Sunday. On their lone PP opportunity they surrendered a shorthanded goal which sparked the Flames comeback, and Todd McLellan has switched up his groups with the hopes it jumpstarts their lethargic power play.

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