Edmonton Oilers sign Vladimir Tkachev to entry-level deal (Update: or not)

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2014 09:20AM

Tkachev, Vladimir

Vladimir Tkachev has done nothing but impress since he slipped on an Edmonton Oilers jersey. Now it seems that fans can look forward to him doing it again, because he’s signed an entry-level contract with the team.

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Martin Gernat headlines list of five players demoted by the Oilers

Jonathan Willis
September 29 2014 12:00PM

Gernat, Martin

The Edmonton Oilers responded to their 5-0 loss on Sunday by axing five of the players who appeared in that contest. Some of the names are no surprise, but at least a couple of them left much earlier than expected.

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Leon Draisaitl: The offence is ready, the defence a work in progress

Jonathan Willis
September 28 2014 11:51PM

Draisaitl, Leon

The Oilers’ lopsided 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday featured a lovely combination of an inept offence and porous defence, but there were some exceptions to those trends.

One of them was rookie forward Leon Draisaitl, whose defensive game could have been better but who looked far, far better than the scoring wingers on his line when he entered the offensive zone.

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What does Bogdan Yakimov need to do to make the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2014 02:30PM

Yakimov, Bogdan

Between the Penticton Young Stars tournament and the early results of the preseason, Edmonton fans have been treated to some surprisingly good performances from players in Oilers sweaters.

Among the best of those performances has been that of Bogdan Yakimov. The 6’5”, 232 pound Russian hasn’t looked like a player struggling to adapt to North America, and between his massive size and his ability with and without the puck he’s managed to get some fans thinking about the possibility of him playing NHL minutes in 2014-15.

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Does Nail Yakupov need to play right wing?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2014 07:00AM


Last night in Winnipeg, Nail Yakupov was put on the left wing of Edmonton’s first line, playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. The line didn’t play very well; Yakupov was terrible.

Early in the second period, Dallas Eakins bumped Yakupov down to the second line and back to right wing. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle took off, and Yakupov was much improved.

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