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Oilers’ Connor McDavid Not Letting Success Get To His Head

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It can be easy for a young player to let immediate success in the NHL make him a little over confident.

Edmonton Oilers’ 20-year-old center Connor McDavid is not one of those players.

Despite leading the Oilers to end a decade-long Stanley Cup Playoff drought, going on a run to the 2017 Western Conference Second Round, McDavid is keeping an even demeanor.

“It doesn’t really change much. Last year, we were able to find a little success, but we shouldn’t change anything,” McDavid, the Hart Trophy winner said this week (h/t NHL.com).

“Every year is a new year, and when you look at the turnover year to year, teams that made the playoffs last year aren’t a guarantee to make the playoffs this year.”

McDavid is keeping his cool as the NHL regular season inches closer and closer.

“After going through the playoffs, you definitely get a sense for how important it is to go through it at least once before you win,” McDavid said.

“Most teams that have won have lost the previous year or a few years before, so you have to get that experience. This might be a different answer than what we were saying going into the playoffs, but after going through it once, you definitely need that experience to understand how big the games are and how intense they get.”

McDavid is excited that Edmonton was able to sign forward Leon Draisaitl to a long-term extension.

McDavid agreed to an eight-year, $100 million contract on July 5th while Draisaitl inked an eight-year, $68 million contract on August 16th.

It’s exciting to get to play with Leon for the next eight years. He’s a fun guy to play with,” said McDavid.

“To have the two of us locked up like that for a long time and have the pieces that we do as well in Edmonton, it is exciting.”

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Oilers Sign Ryan Strome To Two-Year Deal

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The Edmonton Oilers have reached an agreement with Ryan Strome on a two-year deal that will carry a annual average value of $3.1M, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Strome, 24, was acquired by the Oilers last offseason in a trade with the New York Islanders for Jordan Eberle.

 

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Oilers Hire Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney As assistant coaches

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The Edmonton Oilers made a pair of additions to their coaching staff by hiring Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney as assistant coaches, the team announced on Friday.

Gulutzan spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Calgary Flames while Yawney played 593 NHL games as a defenseman with the Chicago Blackhawks, Flames, and St. Louis Blues.

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Devils Acquire Patrick Maroon

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The New Jersey Devils have pulled off a trade for Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers, according to SportsNet’s Josh Shannon.

Maroon had been rumored to be on the move, but not previously linked to New Jersey who swooped in and pulled off a trade.

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