ELECTRIC WARRIOR

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-02-12

Connor McDavid has played 19 NHL games, and has 24 points. Don’t be upset, he’ll get the hang of it. In a season where the Oilers have looked both hopelessly immature and heavenly in the same game, it is perhaps fitting that a child should lead them all. RIDE A WHITE SWAN, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1 Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0 Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3 Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2 Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4 Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1 Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1 Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2 Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1 Oilers in February 2016: 2-3-0 Oilers after 56 in 2014-15: 16-31-9, 41 points (-56 GD) Oilers after 56 in 2015-16: 22-29-5

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Cold Hard Fact for Friday, February 12, 2016

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-02-12

Fact: Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid became the third-youngest player (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ilya Kovalchuk) in the last 30 years to register a five-point game. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: ESPN Stats & Info, h/t Elias Sports BureauRead more NHL news on BleacherReport.com

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Cult of Hockey: Will the Edmonton Oilers ever have two scoring lines?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-12

The best National Hockey League teams almost always have two scoring lines, so it’s no surprise that it’s been the long-time desire of Oilers fans that Edmonton would assemble such a group of attackers. This year this notion moved from hope to expectation. With Connor McDavid on board, and other attackers such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov on the squad, there seemed plenty of skill players to go around for two dangerous lines.  Due to injury, however, it hasn’t worked out that way. McDavid, Eberle, Yakupov and now Nugent-Hopkins have all been out for long spells of time. The one benefit of those injuries was the promotion of Leon D

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THE NATION REPORT CARD BY PRINT MACHINE (2.12.16)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-12

Another week is in the books, and that means another Nation Report Card is here to let you make your feelings known. Once again, the Oilers have had the kind of Jekyll and Hyde week that we've become accustomed to around here and I'm asking you to rank the players and the week that was. My friends, it's report card time. 

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NHL Trade Deadline: Using Connor McDavid to Pump and Dump Jordan Eberle

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-12

Whatever Connor McDavid touches turns to gold. The Oilers should use that to their advantage to help fix the blue line. A fire hydrant could score 40 goals on Gretzky's line. - Glen Sather Connor McDavid is an unreal hockey player. We're only 19 games into his career and already this should be obvious to absolutely everyone. Through his first 12 games and change he scored 12 points, not bad for ant players first dozen games in the NHL. Then after missing three months of hockey - November 3 to February 2 - he hits the ground running again with 12 more points, this time in only six games. I expected him to be very good. He hasn't been very good, he's been absolutely great. And every

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The Leafs have a plan...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-12

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-12

A farewell to the Leafs Captain, what impact does Byfuglien's new contract have on Hamhuis in Vancouver, Flames bench their young stars, Oilers playoff hopes, the NHL's goalie interference rule, trade deadline speculation for all teams and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Six things we learned in the NHL: Trio of hat tricks

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-12

There were over 60 goals scored across nine games Thursday so there were bound to be some hat tricks. Fittingly, there were three. Sportsnet on Twitter Jordan Eberle recorded his first career trick while Patrick Eaves and Alex Ovechkin each did it in one period alone. Yes, it was an offensive explosion in the NHL, making most of what we learned about scoring. Hat Trick Eaves When you think of the offensive powerhouse that is the Dallas Stars, the first names that come to mind are Benn, Seguin, Sharp. Then Klingberg, Spezza, Hemsky. Even Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have found themselves on the score sheet. But Patrick Eaves? Eaves scored a hat trick in the first period of the Stars̵

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Cult of Hockey player grades: Connor McDavid lights up his favourite team as Oilers torch Leafs

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-12

Maples Leafs 2, Oilers 5 The following post was provided by guest grader Darcy “Woodguy” McLeod.  In addition to being a prolific commenter around the Oilogosphere, Darcy writes his own blog Because Oilers. Occasionally he can be enticed into providing his own unique brand of acerbic commentary as a guest grader here at the Cult of Hockey.  ___ I fully expected the Oilers to come out and dominate this game from the puck drop seeing as over half of the Leafs who dressed for the game are probably NHL tweeners or just AHLers. Now that Toronto traded Dion Phaneuf they are arguably the one team with a worse d-corps than the Oilers (while Klefbom is out). But to all appearances the O

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Maple Leafs left to gawk as McDavid legend grows

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-12

EDMONTON — As the Connor McDavid legend grows, with five points in a 5-2 win over Toronto Thursday, the impression inside the visitor’s locker room stays pretty much the same every time. “I’ve heard a lot of things about him,” marveled Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner. “But actually seeing him play? He’s pretty good.” Pretty good? Yes, McDavid was “pretty good” Thursday with two goals and three assists, for season totals of 9-15-24 in 19 games. It was his first career five-point night. Surely, McDavid is not as consistent night-in and night-out as he will be one day. But when he’s on, he’s the best player on either team by a wide margin — at 19 years of age. “You

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