Edmonton Oilers Roster

Player Name Position Age Height Weight (lbs) Nation Take
Connor McDavid Centre 20 6ft 2 in 192 A generational talent, Connor has tremendous skating ability, hockey IQ and awesome offensive awareness to match. He can make plays at top speed, which sets him apart from his NHL peers. With a maturity beyond his years, McDavid has the potential to rank himself among the leagues best players. The sky is the limit for McDavid as he continues to steam roll his way through NHL defenders with his speed and style.
Leon Draisaitl Centre/RW 21 6ft 2 in 215 Leon Draisaitl is emerging as a top offensive forward in the NHL. He excels at playmaking, puck distribution (especially on the backhand), and the ability to hang onto the puck under pressure. Draisaitl’s obsession with getting better within his overall game has caused his progression to be sped up immensely.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Centre 24 6ft 1 in 195 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has an incredible hockey sense, vision and patience with the puck that resulted in him being selected first overall in 2011. As a result of his vision, he set up linemates with aplomb, as well as get into the right position to score goals himself. RNH displays a proficiency for a two-way game and that dedication to improvement makes his teammates around him better.
Ryan Strome Centre/RW 24 6ft 1 in 194 Ryan Strome has an offensive acumen, quickness, and grit to his game that make him an intriguing player. When he’s on his game he can make defenders look silly with his puck skills but it is his consistency that needs to be worked on. Strome can play either on the wing or at centre, and that versatility will be an asset as he moves forward in his NHL career.
Drake Caggiula LW/RW 23 5ft 10 in 185 Drake Caggiula came to the Oilers as a free agent out of college. He has very good hands, sound offensive acumen, and a willingness to shoot the puck at will. At times, Caggiula has played at both centre and wing for the Oilers in his young career with mixed results. As a result of his offensive mindset, he is an asset on special teams and could end up as a set shooter as he develops
Jussi Jokinen LW/RW 34 6ft 191 Jokinen, at 14 year veteran, is well travelled with the Oilers being his sixth NHL team. Joking prides himself on being a dependable player, one who rarely makes mistakes with the puck while also being sound positionally. Jokinen is sometimes best known for his shootout prowess and versatility where he can line up on either side of centre (even taking face-offs if needed).
Zack Kassian Right Wing 26 6ft 3 in 209 Kassian was once the most hated man in Edmonton but has turned his image around and is now a fan favourite for the blue and orange. He has tremendous size, speed, and strength, as well as the ability to maintain puck control down low and in the corners. Kassian is no stranger to the physicality and can fight if needed while also boasting some surprising playmaking skills.
Jujhar Khaira Centre/Wing 23 6ft 4 in 214 Khaira, a former third round pick in 2012, sports great size and likes to use it with his physical brand of hockey. Khaira is still trying to get his feet wet at the NHL level and is making gains with his speed and ability to maintain puck control along the boards. Khaira also boasts the versatility of being able to play on the wing or at centre, but struggles with consistency which is understandable given his age and experience.
Mark Letestu Centre 32 5ft 10 in 195 In his time in Edmonton, Mark Letestu has become a Swiss Army Knife for the Oilers. Whether he’s killing penalties, taking important draws in the defensive zone, or acting as a shooter on the power play, Latest has carved out a niche with the Oilers that sees him as an integral piece of the roster.
Milan Lucic Left Wing 29 6ft 3 in 236 Known as a prototypical power forward, Milan Lucic boasts outstanding size and strength on the wing. While inconsistent at times, Lucic can be underrated in terms of his offensive skills and instincts to go along with his massive size and physicality. When he’s on his game, Lucic can dominate the game in the corners, down low, or with big hits. At his best, he can be a nasty, and intimidating figure that can change the game on his own.
Kailer Yamamoto Right Wing 18 5ft 8 in 154 Yamamoto enters the league as the smallest ever forward to be drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. While his NHL debut may have been surprising to some, Yamamoto has been told what he can’t do throughout his hockey career. To the diminutive forward, being told he can’t do something is the motivation he uses to excel at every level. With outstanding speed and hockey sense, Yamamoto could be a game breaker for the Oilers, something that may not have been possible in another era.
Pat Maroon Left Wing 29 6ft 3 in 225 After coming to Edmonton in a trade with Anaheim, Pat Maroon quickly established himself as a fan favourite in Edmonton with his rugged style of play and timely goal scoring. Never afraid to drop the mitts, Maroon is always a willing combatant that looks to spark his team with a fight, his physical play, or with his ability to contribute on the scoreboard.
Iiro Pakarinen Right Wing 26 6ft 1 in 212 Iiro Pakarinen is an interesting blend of size and skill that is able to take a regular shift while also contributing on special teams in a penalty killing role. Though he’s not likely to be a point producing forward at the NHL level, Pakarinen is a useful player that can contribute in a bottom six role, create some energy with his physical play, and play relatively sound defensively.
Anton Slepyshev Right Wing 23 6ft 2 in 194 After being drafted in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Anton Slepyshev has risen through the depth chart and finds himself as an NHL regular for the first time. After an excellent playoff run, the Oilers were encouraged with Slepyshev’s ability to produce offensive chances, with his heavy wrist shot and slick puck skills as catalysts for producing offensive chances. While Slepyshev still has a ways to go at the NHL level, his progression through the ranks is an encouraging sign for the winger.
Oscar Klefbom Defence 24 6ft 3 in 215 Oscar Klefbom is a smooth skater and puck mover that is quickly emerging as a top pairing defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers. while he has had issues with injuries in the past, Klefbom has maintained a run of health that has seen him rise through the defensive depth chart and land on the first pairing. Known for an excellent first pass, Klefbom continues to work on the offensive side of his game while also maintain sound defensive positioning. When healthy, Klefbom can be a difference maker for the Edmonton Oilers.
Adam Larsson Defence 24 6ft 3 in 210 Adam Larsson is a prototypical shutdown defenceman. Since coming over from New Jersey, Larsson has added a sense of poise to an Oilers blue line that desperately needed it. Though he has an accurate and effective point shot, he doesn’t use it nearly enough as he seems more focused on his own end first. Considering his size, durability and shot suppression skills, Larsson has the potential to become one of the league’s prominent defensive defenceman for the Oilers.
Kris Russell Defence 30 5ft 10 in 173 Known for his shot blocking abilities, Kris Russell is always willing to sacrifice his body for the greater good of the team. Though not the biggest defenceman, Russell uses his exceptional skating skills to get himself into position with time to spare. At times he may be in over his head on defence but is generally sound defensively and plays a simple game. Though there is not much offence to speak of, Russell finds himself as a utility man for the Oilers, often playing in all situations.
Yohann Auvitu Defence 28 5ft 11 in 187 Yohann Auvitu is a slick skating defence defenceman that came to the Oilers as a free agent signing. The advanced analytics love Auvitu for his shot metrics, though he has yet to prove his worth over the long haul. Generally speaking, Auvitu will be slotted in on the third pairing or as the extra defenceman depending on the night and opponent.
Darnell Nurse Defence 22 6ft 4 in 221 Blessed with size, speed, and skill, Darnell Nurse seems set for a long career in a top four defensive role. Nurse is a talented defender with offensive upside but is never one to shy away from the physical side of the game. While sometimes caught out of position, Nurse has the speed and awareness to get himself back into plays quickly. If he can continue to develop his defensive and offensive skills, Nurse could be a fixture on the Oilers blue line for years to come.
Matt Benning Defence 23 6ft 1 in 201 Matt Benning came to the Oilers as an unsigned prospect originally drafted by the Boston Bruins. After surprising everyone and cracking a spot on the opening night roster, Benning has developed into a reliable defensive option for the Oilers. Though his offensive upside has not yet been realized, Benning is still capable of covering his bases on the defensive side of the puck with quickness and positioning.
Eric Gryba Defence 29 6ft 4 in 222 When someone describes a stay-at-home-defenceman they are essentially describing Eric Gryba. He has great size and the ability to dish out punishing hits from the back end. His physical play is not limited to body checks, though, as he will drop the gloves with anyone in order to spark his team or defend a teammate. While Gryba is limited offensively and not the fleetest of foot, his defensive awareness generally leaves him in the right position in his own end.
Cam Talbot Goalie 30 6ft 4 in 200 Cam Talbot was acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade in the summer of 2015 and has not left the crease much ever since. Known for his calm demeanour and strong work ethic, Cam Talbot has the ability to be a game breaker with his well positioned style of play. Though he can be inconsistent at times, Cam Talbot has the chops to rank among the league’s elite when he’s on his game.
Laurent Brossoit Goalie 24 6ft 3 in 204 Laurent Brossoit has excellent size and a competitive fire in the crease that has allowed him to fill in at any time. He’s known for never quitting on the play and displays tremendous resiliency and poise under adversity. Brossoit is still cutting his teeth at the NHL level and can sometimes struggle with consistency, a problem often faced by young goaltenders.
      • hitchikerforajax

        If the Oiler g.m., doesn’t change this team, I see another season, of player excuses, fan frustration & the Oilers again, challenging for one thing, another no. 1 draft pick. Why does the Oiler management, think that the Oiler core, is good enough, to make the playoffs? Chiarelli, had better get on the phone & trade players now, who have some value, rather than waiting, till they completely stink out the arena & get 3 rd. draft choices, like previous management blunders??

    • Craig1981

      You understand Draisaitl is one of the Oilers best players. Perhaps he us not the best example to use. The split year seems to have worked out well for his development

      • RJ

        It wasn’t my point, but I think it’s clear that Drai would have been better off not playing at 18 in the NHL. Same with Puljujarvi.

        I think he’ll develop into a quality player, but not getting put in and out of the lineup and playing less than 10 minutes a night. He should have gone straight to the AHL until next season, and given him a ton of icetime in Bakersfield.

  • ThinkingOutLoud

    As long as we can stay relatively healthy, with the toughest part of the schedule out of the way and us still in 10th overall I’m going to go out on a limb and say we make the playoffs this year. As you said the games get tougher as the season wears on, but we’ll have a definite advantage now playing teams less rested. Barring catastrophic injury or trade I think we’ll make it! *party emoji*

  • Coach My PP

    Eberle was a good shooter, this year not so much. He hasn’t been a good finisher this year, so let’s stop living in the past.

    Don’t punish Draisaitl by playing him with Eberle and Pouliot. Eberle plays with the intensity of an elevator fart, and Pouliot is Pouliot.

    I would play Pitlick with Draisaitl and Maroon. I believe that would be a solid line. But, I really do like Pitlick with Letestu and Kassian: it gives the Oilers a solid, hardworking, checking line.

    p.s. I still don’t believe in Todd. I don’t think he is as good a coach the media and his record suggest. He lines are weak, match-up even weaker.

    • hitchikerforajax

      One of the biggest problems with the Oiler PP, is you have players(including McDavid), who refuse to shoot the bloody puck! Letestu, is one player who does shoot & he has more pp goals, than the so called “Oiler Elite”. If the Players, don’t want to shoot, bench them, plain & simple. When are Oiler coaches, going to do something about it?? Enough already!!

  • smiliegirl15

    They looked tired last night and couldn’t make a pass to save their lives. Their puck handling was terrible. They started out well in the first period but lost a lot of steam through the second period and had no shots for most of the third. They were a team who seriously looked like they needed time off.

    Talbot kept them in it and they had some excellent shots on Bobrovsky. He was outstanding and deserved the first star.

    Gagner’s “goal” bouncing in off his leg was “why him!?”.

    There were definitely some very questionable reffing calls too. They need to seriously do something about the quality of refs in the NHL. I hope someone is looking at this.

    Jason, someone has been listening to your show or reading your OilersNation articles (and comments sections). They definitely tried to wake up the crowd last night and get them going. Hunter the Lynx was going around the rink with a drum. He’s not the drummer guy of old but he’ll get better at it.

  • Pangs.

    Am I alone that i’d like to see what Nuge could do on Connor’s wing? I know he takes the tough match ups down the middle, but if he’s not dominating defensively, it could kick start him offensively?

    • KevCantDance

      To me, McDavid needs a guy who’s natural reaction is to shoot. I don’t think that’s Nuge. Someone needs to bury his passes. At least until he gets tired of seeing prime scoring chances passed back to him, and just does it himself.

      • Pangs.

        I do agree Connor needs someone to bury the chances. Although Nuge doesn’t have a “shoot first” mentality, I do feel he has a sneaky little snap shot and he’d be on the off wing to get it off at a better angle. I think their hockey IQ’s would mesh well and it might unlock Nuge’s offensive creativity that seems to be lost.

  • Rust In Peace

    After the first 30 mins, the BJ’s absolutely dominated in every aspect. Edmonton was a step behind in every play, passes bouncing off sticks or missing, and was losing almost every battle. Even McD looked tired and had lost his explosive first few steps. Give this team a break and some time to recharge.

  • Ty Guy

    Why not the Oilers? man would i love to see them turn the ship around in a year ala CBJ…not a lollygag to respect someday, a punch in the face of the NHL that says we are here!

    • @Hallsy4

      I think he was as soon as he signed with the no movement clauses… but I think the last couple years is modified at least? I’ve been disapointed in him… I think Maroon is better than him at this point, in basically every aspect. That being said, he’s producing similar to his career, so tough to blame him. I’d like Maroon on McDavids line, and maybe Lucic could find chemistry with Nuge or Drai… I don’t think that will happen though as Chia Pete has a man crush and likely promised him the #1 LW spot on McDavids line. Hopefully he doesn’t slow down much, maybe Gary Roberts should train him in the offseason, with a shot of ADAM OATES.. He will know what to do. When the Oilers do make the playoffs (this year or next), I’ll be happy Lucic is on the team and I think that will make his contract worth it.

    • Jason Gregor

      Seven goals in 29 games and none with McDavid is the best on the team.

      But hey, I guess that means he isn’t scoring regularly enough for you. Pitlick clearly should be scoring more in his 10 minutes of icetime a game. Gotcha.

        • Jason Gregor

          My response had nothing to do with myself.

          Have a great day.

          PS. Please don’t pretend you are the comment police. We’ve read your comments, so before pretending you are the one to question other’s responses worry about your own. Amusing for to see you are the one complaining about a remark. Classic.

      • belair

        Have you seen him handle the puck? His stick turns into a pool noodle. That’s why McLellan swiftly pulled him off the McDavid line in the CBJ game.

        His goals come from simple plays and banging home loose pucks playing on the fourth line. Why change what’s working?

        • Jason Gregor

          Yep, as I wrote, I don’t see him as automatic fit with #97, but I’d start playing him more than 10 minutes, when there is a group of guys playing more who are producing very little.

  • Will

    So, not chalking this one up to goal tending huh? Seems to me the shot clock was pretty even, Oilers had some serious chances to win that one, but not for some ridiculous saves from Bob.

  • OilCan2

    Our D took a pounding over that busy stretch. Davidson is back so I think we are going to get some momentum going.

    JP to the Condors could be a good move. Jere Salinen is down there so he has a language coach. Iiro will probably go through Bakerfield as well for conditioning. Hey; look what it did for Lander.

  • AJ88

    Interesting Gregor does not have much to say about Maroon and Lucic and their play of late. I am not sure what Lucic’s role is playing with McD, definitely not a physical one, he can’t carry the puck, less than average playmaker, fairly slow, why is he with McD?

  • Rama Lama

    I think I have figured out what ails the Oilers!

    Someone must be spiking their water with a drug that makes them forget how to skate, pass, stick handle, and shoot……..especially on the PP!

    Watching their power play is truly amazing. When the lane to shoot is there, they pass. When there is traffic in front of the net, they pass. When there is one-timer available, they pass some more.

    This Woodcroft guy running power play must be damn genius!

    • Jason Gregor

      Help me understand why the PP is area which concerns you the most?

      They are at 21.6% on the season, 9th best in NHL. And their PP has been dynamite for the past eight games going 10 for 27 (37%).

      They have 13 EV goals in the last eight games. The PP has been huge for them lately.

      They have shot much more recently. Last night Bobrovsky was unreal on the 4-min penalty. They had 8 shots.

      Had you said they struggle on EV, I’d agree, but what are you expectations of the PP?

      • Rama Lama

        You are correct on every count the, numbers suggest the PP is fine but watching them execute the PP tells a different story.

        What I’m talking about is the lack of a shooter on the PP………there are many passes that never result in shots taken. I’m suggesting our PP could be first in the league if only we had a shooter back there.

        Gregor don’t tell me when you watch the Oilers play on the PP you are not secretly screaming “SHOOOOOT”!

  • Spoils

    rule #1) you can play McDavid with anyone
    rule #2) try for 3 productive lines
    rule #3) send JP to the AHL

    Pouliot-McDavid-Caggiula
    Maroon-Nuge-Eberle
    Lucic-Draisaitl-Sleppy
    Pitlick-Letestu-Kassian

    • Randaman

      Really?

      Pouliot has been a disaster. Drake should be on the third line where he was comfortable and having success. I like line 2 & 4. Lucic should stay with McDavid despite what some people think. He just needs to up his physical presence.

  • Britts94

    So many times, and especially the last couple games, I have found myself yelling “SHOOT CONNOR.” He’s been passing up great shooting opportunities. He needs to trust his shot a little more.

  • madjam

    Oilers should serious look at replacing and trading Eberle and Hopkins relatively soon before their value goes down much further than it has already this season .

    Most productive years are usually 4 and 5th and then the slide down comes into effect .

    Eberle a stunning 76 points in year 2 , but rest is this : year 4- 65 in 80 , year 5- 63 in 81 , 6th- 47 in 69 , this year 23- in 32 . Every year a minus player and last 4 -11.-16,-12 , and this year -5 . Eberle is visably tailing off despite being relatively young still . Chances he will get better with us are minimal .

    Hopkins , although younger than Eberle , on same diminishing path as Eberle .Year 3-56points in 80 , 4th-56 n 76 , 5th -34 in 55 , this year 15 in 32 . All years a minus player like Eberle . Last 3 years -12 , -12 and this year already -9 . Nether Eberle or Hopkins getting any better sorry to say and both on the softer side .

    New coaches do not appear to have helped either of them .

    • btrain

      Unreal the logic here. First, the offensive stats you list for Eberle are impressive not something to criticize. Then you throw out +/- like it means something to an Edmonton Oiler. If Eberle was on a middle of the pack team his entire career and still had his year over hear minus, you would have an argument. However he has played on one of the worst teams in terms league with the worst D in the league and mediocre goaltending his entire career. Look no further than Kessel for how useless +/- is on its own as a means to evaluate a player. On the leafs Kessel was clearly a minus player: on the Penguins (along with Schultz for that matter) he is a positive player. Even the best players in the world have had significant offensive droughts, you have to trust the regression. The likelihood that Eberle finds his touch is much better than the odds he falls off a cliff in production at his age.

    • Reinman

      These guys are good players. They will turn it around, I am sure of it.

      I agree with throwing Pouliot and Ebs around Drai to hopefully get them going.

      Ebs looked awesome at the beginning of the year, but then he seemed to stop skating.

      Nuge, just does not look as fast as he can be this year. He always looks like a 747 set on cruise. He just doesn’t seem to have that explosive speed right now. I think it is mental to be honest. He needs to ramp it up when he is carrying the puck. He always seems to try and ride the pocket instead of challenge the D with his speed, which he is capable of.

  • madjam

    COACHING-A Hazy Shade of Gray ? Our veterans have all faired worse productively wise since the new coaching has been in place . Why ? Eberle , Pouliot , Hopkins , Lander , Hendricks , Fayne and now departed Yak all digressed under new coaching . Why has none faired better ? I could see the odd one , but not the entire veteran core .

  • GK1980

    Everyone is talking about the oilers “easier” schedule for the remainder of the year but is there statistical proof that teams actually play better when the schedule is lighter?

  • NealH

    Ok, I could be persuaded to give them a bye for season-to-date; but the rope should be short. I’ve long perceived an effort/focus issue with the team in the past, and improved down to several players now. I hate to say it, but the Flames over-performed their talent for years because of effort. They have a motto: “always taken – never given”. They give the impression they will die on their swords. I see it more with the Oilers today than in the past, but can’t help but think Ebs, Nuge, Poo, and Fayne need to look in the mirror.
    The leadership group needs to demand that 100% effort is the norm. That alone improves our standings…

  • That's My Point

    Oilers are only 2 games under winning half their games at this time of the season is a bonus.

    15 wins and 17 losses after 32 games.

    It is probably the best position they’ve been in this late in the season in the last decade.

  • Oilfaninvan

    Is it all mental with Nuge right now?? I mean he is a team player, but is the prospect of moving down the depth chart at centre – watching 2 younger guys (while still being so young himself) start to pass him by – is that the big issue?? Play him 97, get him thinking offence, and let Letestu, Cagguila, and Lander take over centre duties on the bottom 2 lines for a while.