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The Edmonton Oilers were started in 1971 as one of the founding franchises of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After seven WHA seasons, which included a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the last Avco Cup Final, the Oilers were one of the four teams to merge with the NHL. The Oilers experienced immediate success in the NHL by qualifying for the playoffs in their first 13 seasons, winning five Stanley Cups in the process. The 1980s Oilers teams were some of the best in league history and featured some of hockey’s most legendary names, including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Paul Coffey. The 1990s were less kind to them and the team bottomed out in the 2010s, which resulted in them earning multiple first-overall picks, including Connor McDavid, who by all intents and purposes is the modern-day Gretzky.

Oilers Dive Deeper into Analytics with New Hire of Michael Parkatti

In an era where data-driven decision-making is revolutionizing the sports industry and the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers have taken a significant leap forward by appointing Michael Parkatti as their Senior Director of Data and Analytics. Clearly excited about this hire, the Oilers made sure to make a big deal of his acquisition and discussed how this strategic move signals the Oilers’ commitment to modernizing their approach to hockey operations, utilizing advanced analytics, and integrating them into their decision-making processes. They wrote in a statement: “Working closely with the hockey operations department, Parkatti will lead the creation & operation of a…

NHL Rumors: Sabres, Avalanche, Canucks, Flames, Oilers

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the Buffalo Sabres have reportedly reached out to Patrick Kane about signing with the team. The Colorado Avalanche kicked tires on Mikael Backlund before making other moves. The Vancouver Canucks made their trade and as such, are holding onto Tyler Myers. The Calgary Flames have released a statement regarding Oliver Kylington not being at camp. Finally, the Edmonton Oilers are in the news for a few reasons on Thursday. Oliver Kylington Will Miss the Start of Camp The Calgary Flames have released a statement regarding defenseman Oliver Kylington, which has some fans concerned considering why…

Oilers News & Rumors: Ekholm, Gagner, Sutter, Holloway, Staois

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, GM Ken Holland spoke with the media ahead of training camp opening this week. He updated everyone on the status of a few players, positions on the roster, PTOs, and executive roles. Saying that Mattias Ekholm and Sam Gagner are dealing with injuries that will affect their status at camp, Holland also talked about why he offered PTOs to certain players. He then discussed what role is Dylan Holloway expected to play this season and answered questions about whether Steve Staios is still with the organization. Mattias Ekholm Dealing With Hip Injury…

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What year were the Edmonton Oilers founded?

The Edmonton Oilers were started in 1971 as one of the founding franchises of the World Hockey Association (WHA)

When did the Edmonton Oilers play their first game?

The Edmonton Oilers played their first NHL game on Oct. 10, 1979. They played the Chicago Black Hawks and lost 4-2.

Who is the current head coach of the Edmonton Oilers?

Jay Woodcroft is the current head coach for the Edmonton Oilers.