Long shot Oilers prospects: two goalies and a forward who couldn’t get off the bench in 2013-14

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-25

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Tyler Bunz, Keven Bouchard, Daniil Zharkov Having dealt with a few cases out on the margins of eligibility, we now turn in earnest to our summer prospect series. My Cult of Hockey colleagues Jonathan Willis, David Staples and I voted on a list of 36 players who met our criteria of “prospects”: they are Edmonton Oilers property, either as members of the 50-man list of signed players or unsigned recent draft choices, who are technically eligible for the Calder Trophy. We’ll deal with the top 30 on a case-by-case basis but will start by grouping together a few longshots from the bottom of the depth chart. Tyler Bunz has been featured in this ser

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Edmonton Oilers’ farm club hires Winnipeg Jets’ video man Tony Borgford to round out its coaching staff

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-25

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Barons hired a replacement for departing assistant coach Rocky Thompson. Thompson, who served as the Barons’ “eye in the sky”, was promoted to the Oilers last week to fill the same role on Dallas Eakins’ staff. That left a spot open for a new coach with a keen eye for breaking down the opposition game plan, and Oklahoma City settled on veteran video coach Tony Borgford, lately of the Winnipeg Jets. Borgford, who started in his last job midway through the 2002-03 season while the Jets were still the Atlanta Thrashers, brings a past history with Todd Nelson (who spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Atlanta) and a wealth of experience analyzing sys

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES FOR TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (D)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-25

Brad Hunt found a home with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013-14, and this season he may do a little better than that with the Oilers organization. A team that ran through 14 defensemen a year ago will probably use close to a baker's dozen this time. Who is most likely to see NHL time?

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DRAFT AND FOLLOW

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-24

There are few things in sports I enjoy more than a draft and follow. I discovered the practice during my years as a baseball fan. A team would take some kid who barely played and say “well, he’s a kid we like the look of, if he can get a foot on that fastball of his maybe we have something” and it stuck with me as a chance to cheat the system. Long odds, mind, but better to take a player whose photo hasn’t quite developed than one who is fully developed and unimpressive. And at the end of the draft, that can happen. Six summers ago, I wrote about draft and follow and said the following: The Oilers draft players all the time who have slipped through the previous seaso

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CAPTAIN VIDEO AND FANCY STATS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

Having more information to draw on when you're building or coaching a NHL team is never a bad thing, be it in the form of grainy VHS videotape or advanced stats and analytics.

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Why I hope I don't see Draisaitl in an Oilers jersey

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-07-24

...at least not next season, that is.

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New-Look Oilers – Part Five

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-24

Last night we looked at the Oilers’ additions on defense, and today we conclude the look at each area with an in-depth look at the additions and subtractions up front. That being said, this is an area that still needs some work. The Oilers are still without a number two center, and my evaluation could change depending on what happens. Elliotte Friedman of CBC suspects the team will be looking for one. That said, even without adding a second line center, the Oilers have done some interesting things, both adding and subtracting some decently big names from the group of attackers. The Subtractions: The Oilers made one trade regarding a forward, and that was moving center Sam Gagner to Tam

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Are the Oilers actually a better posession team now?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-24

Are the Oilers actually a better possession team now?Rather than write yet another post about centre ice, as that horse has been beaten so much all that is left are the shoes, I thought I’d look at another theme that has appeared this off-season; the idea that the new additions make the Oilers a superior possession [...] The post Are the Oilers actually a better posession team now? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers add Tony Borgford to Barons staff

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-07-24

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have appointed Tony Borgford as Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for the Oklahoma City Barons. Borgford, 39, joins the Barons after serving as a Video Coordinator/Coach for the past thre...

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On Justin Schultz’s playing the man, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ shot, David Perron’s backchecking and more…

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-24

8 more affirmations for 8 more Edmonton Oilers… Through the course of a season, players get hundreds of messages from coaches, things they’re supposed to remember, internalize, focus on, improve upon. I suspect players often get message overload. They get way too many instructions from way too many coaches, many of the messages too vague, too general and too inconsistent to be of much use. But when you think about players, there’s often a few specific things that each player really needs to focus on to make a difference in their games. With that in mind, here’s my best guess at the affirmations that eight different Oilers players might repeat to himself  each day this summer as he t

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THE END OF THE STAY-AT-HOMES

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

That's Boston's Don Awrey up against Walter Tkaczuk, 40 years ago. Awrey was a stay-at-home defenseman, and every team had two or three. Shot blockers, penalty killers, tough-as-nails and absolutely filthy compared to the game today. Stay-at-home defensemen aren't stellar puck movers and passers, and the game's progress away from defense and toward controlled retrieval and the outlet pass have made this group less important by the year. Comparing this summer's first round to the 2004 draft—just ten years ago—puts things into perspective.

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Trading for a RFA Centre

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-07-24

With the best UFA centres out of the picture which RFAs should the Oilers target for potential trade options?

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