Edmonton Oilers Player News: All Positions

News: Callahan secured a one-year contract with DEL club Augsburger on Friday.
Impact: Callahan -- who was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Red Wings -- spent the past eight seasons playing primarily in the AHL. The winger did log five NHL contests for the Red Wings, the last of which came during the 2016-17 campaign. With AHL Bakersfield last season, the 27-year-old notched 15 goals and 19 helpers in 61 appearances. While a return is not impossible, this likely marks the end of Callahan's NHL playing days.
News: Neal was acquired by Edmonton from Calgary on Friday in a swap for Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round pick in 2020, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: After failing to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career, Neal will hope for a fresh start with the Oilers. The veteran winger could be a candidate for a top-line role alongside Connor McDavid and should be in contention for a spot on the No. 1 power-play unit as well. If he does get the opportunity to play alongside McDavid, Neal could threaten the 30-goal mark.
News: Archibald signed a one-year contract with the Oilers on Tuesday.
Impact: Archibald had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (12) and points (22) in 68 games with the Coyotes. The 2011 sixth-round pick will slot into a bottom-six role for the Oilers in 2019-20 and could eclipse the 25-point mark if he's able to stay healthy.
News: Rattie agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Impact: After failing to receiving a qualifying offer from the Oilers after putting up 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 50 games in 2018-19, Rattie will head overseas for the first time in his career. The terms of his deal with Lokomotiv aren't known, but his payout is presumably larger than what he would have secured had he elected to continue his career in North America. The 26-year-old will look to restore some value in Russia before potentially making the jump back to the NHL when he becomes a free agent again next summer.
News: Broberg agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Thursday.
Impact: Broberg was selected by the Oilers with the eighth overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft. The youngster won't make the immediate jump to the NHL, instead spending the 2019-20 campaign either in the OHL or back in his native Sweden with Skelleftea AIK. Still, fantasy owners in dynasty formats may not want to wait to pick up the defenseman if they can afford to stash him for a year or two.
News: Haas signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers on Monday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Haas has spent the last two seasons with SC Bern of the NLA in his native Switzerland, racking up 30 goals and 79 points in 97 games. The 27-year-old forward will compete for a spot in the Oilers' bottom six during training camp.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.4 million contract extension with Edmonton on Monday.
Impact: It was a down year for Khaira, as he managed a meager three goals and 15 assists, coming up two marks shy of the 20-point threshold. The young center will look for a bounce-back season in 2019-20 and should be capable of increasing his productivity. If he can earn a spot on the power play, the British Columbia native's value will dramatically increase.
News: Jurco signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Oilers on Monday, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
Impact: Jurco is right on the borderline of the AHL and NHL, but he'll get an opportunity to make the big club in camp. He has 50 points in 201 career NHL games, and is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 27 points in 31 AHL contests.
News: Granlund inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Granlund -- who wasn't included among Vancouver's qualifying offer list -- will remain north of the border after signing with Edmonton. The center put up 12 goals, 10 helpers and 123 shots last season while averaging 15:03 of ice time. The 25-year-old figures to take on a bottom-six role with his new club and should be capable of hitting the 20-point mark again in 2019-20.
News: Chiasson inked a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Oilers on Monday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Chiasson had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (22) and points (38) in 73 games with Edmonton. The 28-year-old winger's goal total will likely regress in 2019-20, but he should be able to crack the 30-point mark for a second straight campaign if he's able to hold onto his top-six role and a spot on one of the Oilers' power-play units.
News: Smith signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Oilers on Monday, AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reports.
Impact: Smith played with the Flames last season -- posting a 23-16-2 record, 2.73 GAA and .898 save percentage -- so he won't have to move very far. The 37-year-old netminder will compete with Mikko Koskinen for playing time in what will likely start out as a near-even timeshare in net.
News: Broberg will be allowed to choose between playing in the juniors with OHL Hamilton or returning to his Swedish club Skelleftea AIK next season, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: While the Oilers don't appear to be overly concerned about where Broberg plays, he won't be making the jump to the NHL, or even AHL right away, and will instead spend another year developing his game. In 41 contests last season for AIK, the 18-year-old notched two goals and seven helpers.
News: Norell did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Norell hasn't appeared in an NHL game, and he's never cracked 10 points in a season with either Djurgarden in his native Sweden or AHL Rockford. There's a good chance his North American playing days are over.
News: Vesel did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Vesel has never appeared at the NHL level since being picked in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and he scored just 18 points in 61 games with AHL Bakersfield last season, so parting ways was an easy decision for Edmonton.
News: Larkin did not receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Colin is nowhere near the player his younger brother Dylan is, having spent the past season playing in the ECHL after notching only two points over 16 AHL games in 2017-18. It would be very surprising to see the older Larkin ever make an NHL appearance.
News: Khaira (undisclosed) received a qualifying offer from the Oilers on Tuesday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Khaira brings a bit of both grit and skill, having compiled 39 points and 80 PIM in 129 appearances over the past two seasons. He'll be a valuable depth piece for the top-heavy Oilers.
News: Puljujarvi (hip), who is a restricted free agent, will receive a qualifying offer from the Oilers, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
Impact: This move isn't surprising despite the gulf between the player and the team, as the Oilers were never going to let the 2016 fourth overall pick simply walk away, even if they do intend to trade the disgruntled Puljujarvi. Puljujarvi's agent has said the forward would rather go to Europe than keep playing for Edmonton, where he has totaled just 37 points in 139 career games.
News: Konovalov was drafted 85th overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Occasionally, you will see a player who is passed over in his draft year only to be selected 12 months later. It's unheard of to see a player such as Konovalov who was passed over THREE different times. Although he is still just 20 years old, Konovalov has quickly developed into one of the best netminders in the KHL. He had a remarkable season (25-15-1, 1.89 GAA, .930 save percentage) for Yaroslavl and there is reason to expect further improvement given his age. Konovalov's future in regards to when he plans on coming over to North America is a bit murky, but adding such a young and talented goalie to their system was a great move for the Oilers.
News: Lavoie was drafted 38th overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Lavoie's free-fall has finally come to a conclusion. He appeared to be well on his way to becoming a top-10 selection just a year ago. Twelve months later, he has found himself out of the first round entirely. He had a mediocre season for QMJHL Halifax (32 goals, 73 points in 62 games) before exploding in the playoffs. Lavoie is a 6-foot-4 monster with a bunch of offensive skill. He will dominate shifts at the junior level due to sheer size, but that straightforward style of play becomes increasingly difficult as you move up the professional ladder. The fact Lavoie is one of the oldest first-year-eligible players in the draft didn't help matters. This is a high-risk/high-reward pick for Edmonton. There's no way the Oilers ever thought Lavoie would be available at this point when the draft began Friday night.
News: Broberg was drafted eighth overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Broberg has plenty going for him, especially in today's NHL. He's big (6-foot-3 and just over 200 pounds) and fast, and that lets him join the rush and still get back to defend. He'll be a top-four defender, but the rate-limiting factor on his success comes down to hockey sense. Broberg's decision-making and defensive play have been questioned -- maybe that's why he sometimes gets compared to Rasmus Ristolainen of the Sabres. If it improves, he's a top-pairing guy. Broberg is probably closer to Alex Edler, though -- strong and steady, with second power-play upside. You can probably leave him off your draft list until he actually earns a full-time role in the NHL and shows he can deliver. But keep an eye on him -- he's already played against men at the highest level in Sweden, so he could be here quickly.
News: Rieder will become a free agent July 1 after the Oilers declined to give him a qualifying offer, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: Rieder failed to find the back of the net in 67 games last season, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the club parting ways with the winger, especially considering a qualifying offer would carry a $2 million cap hit. If the German does land with an NHL club, it will likely be for a significantly lower price tag.
News: Rattie will not be given a qualifying offer by the Oilers, making him a free agent July 1, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: Rattie struggled to secure regular minutes in the lineup, averaging a mere 11:21 of ice time in his 50 outings during the 2018-19 campaign. When the winger did suit up, he tallied just four goals and seven helpers. The Calgary native should be an intriguing option for teams looking for depth scoring at a relatively discounted price.
News: Puljujarvi (hip) has "made it clear" to the Oilers that he wants to be traded, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Puljujarvi hasn't had much success since being selected by Edmonton with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, notching 17 goals and 37 points in 139 NHL appearances, so it's reached a point that a change of scenery may be in the best interest of both parties. However, the Oilers aren't going to simply give the Swedish winger away, and intend on being patient while finding the right fit for a trade partner. To complicate matters, Puljujarvi just underwent surgery on both of his hips in March, which will undoubtedly have an impact on his perceived value around the league. Puljujarvi will be suiting up for an NHL club in 2019-20, but at this point it's essentially a foregone conclusion that it won't be Edmonton.
News: Russell signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on Tuesday.
Impact: Russell spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Bakersfield, notching 18 goals and 40 points in 51 contests, but he also got his first taste of NHL action, going scoreless while averaging 8:47 of ice time per game in six appearances with the Oilers. The 26-year-old winger will likely once again spend most of the upcoming season in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Starrett inked a one-year extension with Edmonton on Monday.
Impact: The 24-year-old netminder has yet to make his NHL debut, spending the last three seasons with AHL Bakersfield. Last season, he appeared in just eight games, registering an uninspiring .889 save percentage and 2.89 GAA.
News: Malone signed a one-year deal with the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Malone has spent the last two seasons bouncing between Edmonton and AHL Bakersfield, spending most of his time in the minors. At the NHL level, he's been held scoreless in 23 contests since the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The 30-year-old forward will likely have a similar role next season.
News: Gambardella penned a two-year, two-way contract extension with Edmonton on Wednesday.
Impact: In 15 games this season, Gambardella managed three assists, two PIM and seven shots, despite averaging a mere 8:06 of ice time. The center was on fire in the minors, however, as he racked up 29 goals and 19 helpers in 50 contests for AHL Bakersfield. The 25-year-old should have a shot at a roster spot during training camp, but may still spend some time in the minors next season.
News: Downing signed a deal with the Esbjerg Energy of the Metal Ligaen in Denmark on Monday.
Impact: Downing has spent his entire pro career in the minors after his four-year career at the University of New Hampshire. He pocketed 19 goals for AHL Iowa during the 2015-16 campaign. Having never reached the NHL level, the 27-year-old will likely spend the rest of his career floating around different leagues.