PANIC CENTER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-28

Bill Torrey is a really smart guy. He made one of the truly unusual trades in the game’s history while building the New York Islanders. The 1973-74 Islanders won 19 games and lost 41 despite the presence of Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Billy Harris and a few good veterans like Eddie Westfall. At the draft that summer, NHL teams could draft one underage player (because of WHA raids) but it had to be in the first two rounds. Torrey selected Clark Gillies at No. 4 that year, and then at No. 22 (in the second round) he grabbed 18-year old Bryan Trottier. I loved those picks because they were WHL kids, and although I didn’t know they would end up being HOFers it was pretty clear the Isl

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Rumour: Edmonton Oilers have “keen interest” in Pittsburgh Penguins’ RFA Brandon Sutter

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-27

Everytime an NHL centre of decent pedigree is listed as possibly available, it seems someone connects the dots and suggests the Edmonton Oilers as a team likely to be interested in his services. This is especially true of restricted free agents. It happened with Ryan O’Reilly, Patrik Berglund, Lars Eller, and Derick Brassard, who all have since signed extensions with their previous clubs. The latest such connection has been made to Brandon Sutter, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ third-line centre who has rejected the club’s qualifying offer and remains, for now, a restricted free agent. This time the possible connection to the Oilers comes right out of Pittsburgh, where Johnny Feu

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2014-15 TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (F)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-27

It's been four years since the Edmonton Oilers invested a high second-round selection on Tyler Pitlick. He made his NHL debut last season, and showed some flashes of NHL ability. What are his chances of making the team this season? Have they improved over summer?

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Uher, Payerl eyeing spots on Pittsburgh Penguins’ NHL roster

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-27

Photo: Forward Dominik Uher is one of several Pittsburgh Penguins prospects who is vying for an NHL roster spot out of training camp. Uher spent the last two seasons playing for the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)    The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the 2014-15 season with an incomplete NHL roster, and while some of that could change from now to start of the season, the organization seems content to let their prospects battle for whatever remaining spots there might be. There appears to be at least one spot up for grabs at forward, with possibly more to start the year, depending on whether wingers Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett have recov

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Can Edmonton Oilers’ gaping hole at centre be filled from within?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-27

Throughout 2014, Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has systematically set about filling holes in the roster. First order of business was finding a pair of experienced netminders; MacT “checked that box” by the trade deadline after separate deals brought in Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. Come the off-season and weaknesses at other positions were addressed by the acquisition of veterans: defencemen Nikita Nikitin, Mark Fayne, and Keith Aulie; wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot. No such veteran help has been forthcoming at the crucial position of centre, however. Not unless you consider the departure of second-line pivot Sam Gagner — traded for Purcell — to be the

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RE 14-15 BOYD GORDON: CACTUS TREE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-27

Boyd Gordon had a strong season for the Edmonton Oilers. Asked to face tough opposition and do it from the dungeon, he delivered more offense than expected and did a nice job of damage control. The Oilers enjoyed his performance so much, they’ll ask him to do it again. It’s a helluva way to earn a living.  BOYD GORDON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.93 (10th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 6.85 (1st among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (2nd-3rd line opp) Qual Team: 8th best teammates among regular forwards (3rd line teammates) Corsi Rel: -4.1 (11th best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 42.1 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: -2.4 Zone S

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Remember that time SI predicted the Oilers to finish third?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-07-27

Ryan Whitney is still laughing somewhere.

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DRAFT AND COLLEGE VOL 2

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-27

Do you remember the Robin Kovar selection? The Oilers tried to draft him in 2002 when he was ineligible, inspiring the Canucks table to shout “cheaters” because everything about the Canucks is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. To tell the story, I’ll ask USA Today to do the honors: No. 123 (compensation, pick later voided): Edmonton receives bonus pick as compensation for loss of Group III free agent Igor Ulanov. Edmonton attempts to use the pick to select forward Robin Kovar from Vancouver (WHL). Kovar was, however, ineligible because he had failed to opt in to the draft. The NHL computer allowed the pick to go through in error, and Edmonton protested. NHL settled issue

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Mark Arcobello & Leon Draisaitl

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-26

We’ve talked the centres to death, and it’s abundantly clear that nobody has much confidence in the duo of Arcobello and Draisaitl handling the two scoring lines not centered by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How many goals can we expect from the two, and how does the Oilers’ top-nine forward group compare to the best teams in the West in terms of projected goal-scoring?

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Why do the Edmonton Oilers keep spending picks on second-tier forwards in mediocre leagues?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-26

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Evan Campbell, Liam Coughlin, Aidan Muir The three remaining forwards who didn’t make the cut for our top-30 prospects lists all have one thing in common: incredibly unremarkable results in incredibly unremarkable leagues in their draft years. The Evan Campbell selection in 2013 raised some eyebrows the summer it was made. Bruce McCurdy said the Oilers “surely went off the board” in his immediate take on the fifth round pick, which was putting it mildly; the overage BCHL’er was barely even noticed by the various independent outlets before Edmonton picked him. We even ended up wondering whether the Oilers had flat-out blown the pick – and thatR

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Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-26

Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)? I wrote a post the other day which referenced some possession stats (my preferred term for advanced stats). In it, I mentioned how I wasn’t a big fancy stats guy, but I did see the value of them. My opinion on analytics is pretty vanilla, which isn’t a great [...] The post Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-26

The Edmonton Oilers are a team badly in need of secondary scoring. The top line is the marquee item, but would Dallas Eakins be better off breaking up the line and trying to find two units that work?

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