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All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. Joey LaLeggia and Tyler Pitlick get recalled. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is struggling. The Oilers are not better this season. And more.

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PRESS RELEASE: Oilers recall LaLeggia and Pitlick - Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have recalled defenceman Joey LaLeggia and winger Tyler Pitlick from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

LaLeggia, 23, has appeared in six games with the Condors this season, posting one assist, 10 penalty minutes and a plus two rating.

Pitlick, 23, has played in two games with Bakersfield this season. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native appeared in 17 games with the Oilers last season, recording two goals and four penalty minutes.

The Oilers also announced they have placed winger Rob Klinkhammer and defenceman Justin Schultz on injured reserve.

Nugent-Hopkins having unexpected trouble at both ends of ice - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
Observers of the Edmonton Oilers don’t agree on much, but it’s safe to say there was a broad consensus that the best two-way player on the team last year was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

There is no evidence that the 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers are better than previous incarnations - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
The Edmonton Oilers have been a bad team for many years now. During the rebuild era, they have been bad at scoring goals, bad at generating shots, bad at allowing goals and bad at surrendering shots. The 2015-16 edition of the team, managed by Peter Chiarelli and coached by Todd McLellan, has through 10 games failed to differentiate itself from its predecessors and in some cases has even managed to hit new lows.

Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov have been highlights of Oilers’ first 10 games - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
As the losses pile up, the Edmonton Oilers continue to sell faith, hope and entertainment. And with the new kid on the block, Connor McDavid, the last piece of that equation is covered.

Edmonton Oilers were right to pursue Dougie Hamilton, and the Calgary Flames are lucky to have him - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Dougie Hamilton’s transition to the Calgary Flames has not gone smoothly. Ten games into the season, he has two points, a minus-10 rating, and has seen his ice-time curtailed significantly. None of that means the Edmonton Oilers dodged a bullet when they failed to land him over the summer.

Peter Chiarelli looking for improvement in veteran defencemen, looks forward to when youngsters at their peak - Terry Jones -- Edmonton Sun
After watching 10 games, new Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli suggested he’s going to give the Edmonton Oilers 10 more before making any moves.

Around the NHL

Is Todd Ewen’s NHL career responsible for his death? James Mirtle -- The Globe and Mail
When Todd Ewen died, the first thing many NHL alumni thought of was CTE. The second was a question: Will they be next?

Jeff Petry explains why he doesn’t play for the Edmonton Oilers anymore - Jonathan Willis -- OilersNation
At some point, people do need to move on. Jeff Petry used to be an Oiler, he isn’t now, and that’s a shame for fans of Edmonton but there’s no way to change it.

A Deserving Central Division Team Will Miss the Playoffs -- Hockey Wilderness
The way the West is shaping up, it's looking more and more like the 8th-best team in the Conference may be on the outside, looking in.

Jeremy Bracco leaves BC for Kitchener -- SB Nation College Hockey
Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft pick Jeremy Bracco has left Boston College to sign with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), as first reported by Mike McMahon of College Hockey News.

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