Pouliot's Production

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-09-04

View image | gettyimages.com One of Edmonton’s few success stories from last year was Benoit Pouliot. He was targeted, I believe, in large part for his impact on possession and he delivered not only there but also on the scoreboard. He ultimately went 58GP, 19-15-34 on the season. If not for injury Pouliot would have surely established a new career high in points to go along with the career high in goals he produced last year. Are expectations for him going to be too high for this coming season?

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Just Who Is Ian Herbers

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-09-04

Ian Herbers is a name who is probably familiar with many Edmonton Oilers fans, He played 22 games for the Oilers in the early nineties, but he’s probably best known for his role as head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Something that stands out to me about Herbers joining Todd McLellan’s staff is the fact that he’s the only new comer not also coming over from the San Jose Sharks. Ian sewed his own seed in his route to the NHL, it’s early into his NHL gig but I’d be willing to be he’ll be a head coach in the NHL someday. A native of Jasper, Alberta, Herbers toiled in the NHL for a few seasons, playing irregularly before bouncing around mino

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Mi-C-ing in Action: NHL Teams Currently Without Captains

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-09-04

While you don’t necessarily need a captain to win in the NHL, the healthy majority of teams currently without one just missed the playoffs. That admittedly could be a coincidence. The one team that didn’t? It was instead led by Hart Memorial Trophy winner Carey Price. That isn’t. And he, for the record, technically wore a ‘C’ (and ‘H’) every game on his jersey. Just sayin’. Here are all four for your reading pleasure: Edmonton Oilers The Oilers are an odd case. They technically haven’t stripped Andrew Ference of his ‘C,’ but are nevertheless one of the few teams whose team page doesn’t currently designate its leadership group. And, on top of that, if you

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-09-04

Can the Leafs land Stamkos, trade Byfuglien or move him to forward, Giordano better with age, Brad Marchands elbow, Oilers making playoffs, projecting lineups, prospect rankings, a great scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Edmonton Oilers need their Cam Talbot gamble to work out, and the math suggests it will

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-09-04

None of the many moves the Oilers made this summer will be more significant immediately than the acquisition of Cam Talbot. Whether the team succeeds or fails next season is going to be determined in large part based on whether or not they have adequate starting goaltending. And the truth is that we don’t know yet if they do or not. That’s not to say anything unpleasant about Talbot, who has earned his shot at the No. 1 job honestly. He was brilliant as New York’s backup in 2013-14, then excellent again in 2014-15 both as the No. 2 and when pressed into the starter’s role by an injury to Henrik Lundqvist. He’s big, he’s reasonably young, and his NHL track record is superb. He loo

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Talking Oilers, Powerplay, Shooting Options and Defence on Lowdown with Lowetide

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-09-04

I joined Lowetide on Thursday morning to discuss the Oilers and some of their shooting options up front. Here’s a link to the audio. Worth checking out Lowetide’s article that frames the discussion first. Couple notes: It’ll be interesting to see how the team adapts to Todd McLellan, who knew how to generate shot attempts when he was with San Jose. If you’re interested, I’ve also begun looking at how often those shot attempts would get through and how good the team was at blocking shots. A bit of a work in progress, but any feedback is welcome. Highly recommend reading Jonathan Willis’ article that looks at how McLellan ran the powerplay in San Jose. My

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#12 - Greg Chase

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-09-04

Moving up yet again Greg Chase moves to #12 in the Top 25 Moving up once again, Greg Chase continues to rise in the top 25 and is on the "good" side of half this time around. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 13 15 9 21 11 11 12 13 13 15 Previous Rank: 13 Chase was drafted in the 7th round (188th overall) in the 2013 NHL entry draft and has shown that draft pedegree shouldn’t define a prospect. Since his draft year Chase has put up decent numbers even after being traded to Victoria early on in the 2014/15 season. SEASON GP G A PTS P/G 2012/14 (Draft) 69 17 32 49 0.71 2013/14 (Draft+1) 70 35 50 85 1.21 2014/15 (Draft+2) 61 20 39 59 0.97

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Leon Draisaitl to the wing? Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan is considering it

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-09-03

What should the Edmonton Oilers do with Leon Draisaitl? It’s a question that has come up quite a bit in Oil Country, especially since April 18 when Edmonton won the lottery and earned the right to draft Connor McDavid. This good fortune meant that the Oilers suddenly have a glut of top young centres, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (#1 overall in 2011), Draisaitl (#3 in 2014) and McDavid (#1 in 2015). No shortage of opinions on the subject from all and sundry, but today we heard one that carries a little weight, namely that of incoming Oilers’ head coach Todd McLellan. In an extended interview on Oilers Now this afternoon, McLellan discussed a number of issues with host Bob Sta

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SOME NOTES ON REINHART

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-09-03

Today on the Lowdown I spoke to Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post and Soundin’ Off. Michael covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and gave us his impressions of Griffin Reinhart during his year in the AHL. Before we proceed, I want to set the stage for his AHL season by reminding you about Reinhart in junior and specifically in the 2013-14 season and playoffs. Megan Richardson: “What is there to say about Griffin Reinhart? Here’s a guy who played probably every even strength shift against the Petan line or the De Leo line, two monster entry and possession lines. At the beginning of the regular season, those six players carried the puck in an average of 84% of the time. An

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The Rig Catches Up With Georges Laraque

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-09-03

If you’ve been an Edmonton Oilers fan for a decent amount of time, you’ll remember a true fan favorite. You’ll remember a guy who set the tone night in and night out, a guy who could bring the crowd to it’s feet with his fists or with his massive hits. He’s Georges Laraque, and it’s safe to say he’s a true post-dynasty Oiler legend. Big George is responsible for some of my favorite Oiler memories, mainly his hat-trick against the Kings in the early 2000’s and his double fight with Todd Fedoruk in game three of the 2006 Western Conference Finals. Recently, Jackie Dawson and I sat down with Georges Laraque to talk about a number of different thi

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Scrivens not upset about Oilers bringing in Talbot

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-09-03

The easiest conclusion last season after a woeful season in Edmonton was to blame Ben Scrivens. He was the last line of defence more often than not, and the one left fishing the biscuit out of the Oilers’ net so often that he ended up with a save percentage of .890. Yecch. Scrivens had 53 starts and won a paltry 15 games, but trying to play goal behind Dallas Eakins’ failed “swarm” system was like being charged with fact-checking the federal election campaign. By the end of the season, Scrivens’ game had deteriorated to the point where new general manager Peter Chiarelli made it well known that his primary summer objective was to improve in goal, and on defence. In comes Cam Talbo

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The 10 most overvalued fantasy players for 2015-16

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-09-03

The fantasy hockey prep schedule continues. The top 200 is two editions deep, I’ve posted keeper league rankings by position, and I’ve hinted at my 10 favorite sleeper picks for 2015-16. Now it’s time for the overvalued list. Last year, I dubbed this group the “players to avoid” list. That led to the misconception they were all bad players. I wasn’t trying to say they stank, however. I simply meant I’d avoid them because their average draft positions suggested I’d have to pick them way earlier than I wanted to. Still, the readers have spoken. To avoid confusion, we’ll call this top 10 “overvalued” instead of players to avoid.

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