We start this week’s update with the news—Mark Fayne is back in the NHL! The veteran was recalled Sunday, as Oilers fans waited for word on Brandon Davidson after his injury Saturday.


  1. LD Brad Hunt 26GP, 4-17-21 (4GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  2. R Matt Ford 24GP, 11-7-18 (4GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  3. C-R Andrew Miller 20GP, 6-11-17 (4GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  4. L Ryan Hamilton 24GP, 7-3-10 (4GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. D Nikita Nikitin 14GP, 1-8-9 (NHL this week)
  6. RD Joey Laleggia 25GP, 2-7-9 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  7. C Kyle Platzer 26GP, 4-5-9 (4GP, 2-0-2 this week)
  8. RD Jordan Oesterle 18GP, 0-8-8 (4GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  9. L Kale Kessy 23GP, 5-3-8 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  10. L Josh Winquist 8GP, 3-4-7 (Injured this week)
  11. C Jujhar Khaira 16GP, 3-4-7 (NHL this week)
  12. C Bogdan Yakimov 20GP, 3-4-7 (4GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  13. R Greg Chase 13GP, 1-4-5 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  14. R Anton Slepyshev 17GP, 4-1-5 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  15. L Mitch Moroz 20GP, 2-3-5 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  16. F Josh Currie 13GP, 3-1-4 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  17. R Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 1-2-3 (NHL this week)
  18. LD Griffin Reinhart 5GP, 0-3-3 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  19. C Alexis Loiseau 12GP, 1-2-3 (ECHL this week)
  20. D Dillon Simpson 16GP, 0-3-3 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  21. L Braden Christoffer 19GP, 1-2-3 (DNP this week)
  22. LD David Musil 24GP, 2-1-3 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  23. C Leon Draisaitl 6GP, 1-1-2 (NHL this week)
  24. C Phil McRae 9GP, 2-0-2 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  25. C Marco Roy 12GP, 2-0-2 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  26. D Mark Fayne 5GP, 0-1-1 (3GP, 0-1-1 and called to the NHL this week)
  27. LD Darnell Nurse 6GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  28. RD Nick Pageau 12GP, 0-1-1 (DNP this week)
  29. F Kellen Jones 1GP, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  30. R Tyler Pitlick 8GP, 0-0-0 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  31. D Martin Gernat 12GP, 0-0-0 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  32. G Laurent Brossoit 15GP, 2.57 .926 (Injured this week)
  33. G Eetu Laurikainen 1GP, 4.02 .818 (loaned to Finland)

  34. G Ben Scrivens 10GP, 3.47 .893 (three terrific outings this week)


  1. F Alexis Loiseau 12GP, 5-7-12 (3GP, 0-3-3 this week)
  2. C Josh Currie 13GP, 6-6-12 (AHL this week)
  3. D Ben Betker 29GP, 1-9-10 (5GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  4. C-R Greg Chase 10GP, 4-2-6 (AHL this week)
  5. F Marco Roy 10GP, 1-5-6 (AHL this week)
  6. L Connor Rankin 13GP, 2-1-3 (released this week)
  7. C Chase Schaber 2GP, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  8. G Ty Rimmer 18GP, 3.06 .916 (AHL this week)


  1. Ethan Bear 33GP, 11-25-36 (3GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  2. Caleb Jones 33GP, 5-19-24 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week) 
  3. Keven Bouchard 21GP, 3.97 .872 (One typical game this week)


  1. F Tyler Vesel, Omaha 18GP, 2-10-12 (2GP, 1-4-5 this week)
  2. L Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell 16GP, 2-4-6 (DNP this week)
  3. LD William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst 18GP, 2-4-6 (WJs this week)
  4. F Aidan Muir Western Michigan 16GP, 1-2-3 (DNP this week)
  5. G Zach Nagelvoort 9GP, 3.14 .888 (DNP this week)


  1. D John Marino 22GP, 1-11-12 (DNP this week)


  1. D Ziyat Paigin 26GP, 3-9-12 (KHL) (DNP this week)
  2. G Miroslav Svobota 10GP, 3.01 .922 (Cze-2) (DNP this week)
  3. G Eetu Laurikainen 8GP, 2.16 .921 (SM-L) (DNP this week) 
  • Surgeons Knot

    There is still hope for this team. Chiarelli will make the necessary hard moves. He keeps playing Schultz hoping he’ll somehow appear valuable to another team. He’s gone at before the deadline, don’t worry folks. Next year we’ll have at least two new solid d-men, a healthy Connor and a (finally) a playoff run. Hope never dies!

    • Reg Dunlop

      What exactly are you basing this on? What has the GM done to warrant your optimism? Why would I expect the oil to successfully rid themselves of Schultz at the deadline when yesterday would have been better? Does anyone else realistically expect the oil to go from bottom 5 to the playoffs in 15 months? Hope may not be dead but it is on life support with a ‘do not resuscitate’ notice.

      Curious, if the Jets stomp the oil, as usual, and the flames and canucks roll over the oil in back to back contests, will it dampen your sunny outlook?

      • Danglishish

        The GM has done what any smart GM would do in this situation – taken time to assess what he has and kept his focus on making the Oilers a successful franchise (as opposed to taking a short term view). Let’s calm down and let him do his job.

        I didn’t expect playoffs this year, and I still don’t. I expected improvement, and I’m seeing a lot of it. Chiarelli is undoing 10 years of terrible decision-making by the old guard. It can’t be done overnight.

        So to answer your final question, no, of course not. I see a lot of progress but I expect to still lose a lot of games. ESPECIALLY when you consider we’ve played the majority of this season without our most dangerous player (97), and have been without our best d-man as well.

        If the Oilers are anywhere within striking distance to .500 hockey by the time McDavid returns, this would be a HUGE over achievement. When we have a healthy roster in the 2nd half of the year, we’re going to win more than we lose. That’s what I expect to happen. But more importantly is what Chiarelli does this summer… next year is going to be the beginning of something special…

  • The Soup Fascist

    Oilers will be in a position to push for the playoffs when McDavid returns.

    They will be within 6 points and will just fall short of a playoff spot

  • D'oh-ilers

    Scrivens has finally woken up. 2.02GAA .942SV% in his last 5 starts. Hopefully he keeps it up and makes his way back to the show, either in Edmonton or elsewhere.

  • D'oh-ilers

    Let’s just imagine for a second what this article could’ve included had we not traded for Reinhart or a back up goalie…

    Barzal – 25gp, 43pts

    Carlo – 6’5 right shot Dman. 22gp, 14pts

    Kylington – 18gp, 7pts

    Oh, and let’s not forget, the goalie who’s currently 5th in the league with a 2.06gaa was signed as a free agent for 2 years and is making 1.5m

    Could’ve been nice…. Is Reinhart an AHL healthy scratch?

  • D'oh-ilers

    Jim Matheson just wrote an article about the current struggles of certain Oiler players. When talking about Jultz he said “he’s considerably better than he’s showing.”

    Really Jim? I’ve been following the Oilers for over 40 years, and rarely miss a game, and Justin Shultz has been, even at this best, a very mediocre player. In other words, he has sucked big time for the vast majority of his time with the Oil.

    MacT and Howson (and KBlowe) have really hooped this team. Are there any Oilers fans in the nation that still respect MacT and Kevin Lowe? Do they even know this or care?

    Good luck Peter Chiarelli – I sleep a lot easier at night knowing you are at the controls.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Bogdan Yakimov has left the Bakersfield Condors, and returned to Russia. He now joins Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL.

    An unfortunate turn of events for the Oilers. I think he has a much higher upside than Khaira, for example, as a player in a similar role.

    I believe the Oilers still retain his NHL rights, but a foreign player leaving the farm team to return to play in his home country is never a positive thing for his NHL outlook.