Forecasting Connor McDavid’s 2018-19

Forecasting Connor McDavid’s 2018-19

What more can he do? Can you imagine what last year’s team would have looked like without Connor McDavid? Me neither. I don’t even want to begin to think about it. The Oilers missed the playoffs by nearly 20 points in 2017-18, the thought of them not having their superstar centre who led the league in scoring with them sounds like a crime scene. Since that fateful afternoon in 2015 when the lottery balls dropped just perfectly, the Oilers have bee lucky to have one of the top prospects

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-07-20

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The Oilers have been loading up on lower-tier forward prospects for Bakersfield

Since the beginning of last season, the Oilers have been aggressively adding forward prospects to fill out their American Hockey League team in Bakersfield. It looks like the Oilers will finally use their AHL team to play their prospects instead of a group of AHL veterans, but those prospects might be more quantity than quality. We’re focusing mostly on scoring here. If a player can’t score a bunch in a lower league, it’s unlikely he’s going to do that in the NHL, or even the AHL. Still

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-20

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Coaching Crossroads?

Connor McDavid is the most popular Oilers player and personality, but after that Todd McLellan would rank high among the collective personalities who are members of the team. His matter of fact style, casual delivery and natural ability to communicate allow him to interact with Oilers nation with ease. But you have to win. Will this be his final season with the team? THE ATHLETIC! Give The Athletic as a gift or get it yourself and join the fun! Offer is here, less than $4 a month! I find my

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-07-20

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Goalie Depth Update Part 1: Koskinen, Skinner, Wells

There was a bit of shuffling in the Oilers crease this offseason, with highly-touted Finish free agent Mikko Koskinen signing out of the KHL to solidify the No. 2 spot while hopefully providing a competitive push to Cam Talbot. Speaking of the team’s starter, Edmonton will be looking for Talbot to bounce back from his worst NHL season which, not coincidentally, played a bit part in the Oilers struggles for the better part of 2017-18. The 31-year-old posted a save percentage of just .908, whic

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-20

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The Roundup

Draisaitl still needs to prove he can carry his own line; can Leafs win with their blueline; is Hellebuyck deal good or bad for Jets; reaction to Flames signing of Lindholm; fantasy hockey old stars versus new stars and more in this week’s Nation Roundup. In the Roundup, we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t h

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-20

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Yes, indeed, why on earth does Connor McDavid get used on the penalty kill?

Yes, indeed, why on earth does Connor McDavid get used on the penalty kill?

Interesting tweet in from Oilers insider Bob Stauffer of the organization’s radio network: “With the off-season FA signings of Kyle Brodziak and Tobias Rieder and the emergence of Ryan Strome and JJ Khaira on the PK late in the season…I would limit Connor McDavid’s PK time..and strongly consider running McDavid a full 2 mins on the PP.” My take I don’t take Stauffer’s comment as him speaking as an insider and leaking some info he’s heard. I take it as him just stating an inter

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-07-20

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Strome Looking at Vision Testing to Improve His Game

NHL players are always looking for ways to improve their game. The need for speed and strength is a must, but in the past few years more skaters have hired skills coaches to hone their puck skills, and more recently we have seen players try vision testing. A 2014 study by a team of psychologists showed baseball players at the University of California were able to improve their batting average and their ability to read an eye chart by doing vision training. The training come from the processing

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-19

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A-Maze-ing Corn Maze

Scanning through the interwebs for Oilers related news and rumours can be an interesting time during the dog days of summer. Why just yesterday there was a tweet of people hopping in on the cutting edge of the Rick Roll fad and zinged Oilers, Kings and Red Wings fans with a clickbait headline of a three-team trade. This morning we came upon something so beautiful and frankly ridiculously difficult to make that we just had to share. The people over at YEG Corn Maze have done it again this yea

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-19

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WWYDT: Fixing the Power Play

During the 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers finished the year with the 31st ranked power play in the NHL despite having the best player in the world on their roster. So in this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday Thursday, I want to know what you would do to fix it. We’re only 79 days away from a new Oilers season and that means we’ve got just over two months left to figure out a gameplan to get our boys back in the playoffs. Alright, so maybe we don’t really have anything to do with

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-19

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HOLTY’S BLOG: CURRIE EARNS IT

Another quick blog since #HoltySabbatical rolls on, but there was contract news made this week that we need to put into context. Again, you may want lengthy blogs, but the weather is nice, I’m not in an office, and as I’ll remind, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. Now for the blog… – We start with the big news yesterday that Josh Currie was signed to a two-year NHL contract by the Edmonton Oilers. He was already under AHL contract for next season, but that gets torn up now a

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2018-07-19

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