THE PAPER CHASE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-16

As we’ve discussed many times, waiting five years after a draft to pass judgement is the only way to go. This fall, we can put to bed the 2010 entry draft, and it looks like we’ll be able to declare two successful picks and maybe a third from that year. The 2010 draft saw eight of 11 sign pro deals, and on the weekend the 2013 draft saw the third of ten players signed to a pro contract when Greg Chase became an Oiler. The interesting thing to look at is their contract numbers. DARNELL NURSE, NO. 7 OVERALL These contracts at the top write themselves, it’s the same contract as Sean Monahan (who was taken No. 6 overall) save for the sliding year. Nurse gets the full signing b

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Oilers Add Westgarth To Camp Roster

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-16

More grit. The #Oilers have added forward Kevin Westgarth (@KWesty19) to their training camp roster on a tryout basis. pic.twitter.com/jEYuKXhjNh — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 16, 2014 The Oilers related news of the day consists of a change in the purveyor of pizza at Rexall Place and Kevin Westgarth being added to the team's training camp roster on a tryout basis. It's been a busy day in Oil Country. Including Westgarth on the camp roster, in addition to being funny/sad, likely means that man Luke Gazdic, the man who supplied the Oilers with much need grit last season, isn't fully healed from his offseason shoulder surgery. Rather than just employ hockey player

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Oilers big third-rounder Jujhar Khaira figures he can fill the team's sizeable need at centre

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-16

In a city that’s been screaming for big centres for years, Jujhar Khaira can hear the voices loud and clear.

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OILERS INVITE WESTGARTH TO CAMP

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers have invited enforcer Kevin Westgarth to training camp. Word leaked out this afternoon, leading some to wonder where that puts Luke Gazdic in terms of recovery and readiness. It’s a legit question (the Gazdic recovery timeline) and at 6.04, 234 he’s certainly going to get some attention during the pre-season. It’s funny, the Oilers began the week raving about young Vladimir Tkachev and now we find out that Westgarth gets an invite. Maybe they’re looking for one of those “sublime to ridiculous” photos? Nah. My guess is the Oilers remain convinced enforcers have their use, and honestly Westgarth’s resume does strike me as being sol

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Edmonton Oilers bring veteran enforcer Kevin Westgarth to training camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers have opted to bring an NHL veteran in on a tryout basis, but not one who will address the team’s weak centre position. On Tuesday, the Oilers announced the addition of 30-year-old Kevin Westgarth, an enforcer who most recently played for the Calgary Flames. Westgarth has played 169 career NHL games, recording 16 points and 226 penalty minutes. As one might imagine given Westgarth’s stat line, his primary skill-set is pugilism. He has fought sixteen timesover the last three NHL seasons, with HockeyFights.com having him down as having won eight, tied four and lost four. Interestingly, one of those losses came in one of two tilts last season (the other was voted

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Oilers add Westgarth to camp roster

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have added winger Kevin Westgarth to their training camp roster. Westgarth, 30, split the 2013-14 campaign between the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames, recording seven points (4G, 3A) and 68 pena...

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Matt Henderson: Forward Depth: No More Passengers

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-16

I was pondering the idea of depth as it relates to playing time in the NHL, specifically to the Oilers. The Oilers have had woeful depth at both the forward and defense positions, which has been in many ways responsible for the team’s losing history. It turns out that there are about 40 minutes of the game where Taylor Hall is sitting on the bench and that’s more than enough time for the B tea...

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Bayesian Training Camp

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-16

Pretty much without exception, there is always at least one surprise during the lead-up to the NHL season, and generally there are multiple surprises. How much weight should we give a standout performance from an unknown? How worried should we be about a struggling veteran? Oddly enough, an 18th century Englishman can help us with the answer.

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Things look to be going sideways, so should the Oilers be looking into Ryan Johansen?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-09-16

Sportsnet.ca ran an article this morning about the Ryan Johansen’s contract negotiations with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the article, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen is quoted as stating, “Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever.” The GM is further quoted, “When training camp [...] The post Things look to be going sideways, so should the Oilers be looking into Ryan Johansen? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers Young Core Could Be In For Another Disappointing Result In 2014-15

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-09-16

Many are hoping if not expecting the Edmonton Oilers to take a major step forward in 2014-15 and possibly end their eight year drought of missing the playoffs. While much of the pressure will likely fall onto the shoulders of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the young trio have yet to be properly insulated with legit NHL players to help them along the way and that could ultimately come back to haunt this club.

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Pizza 73 gets a big slice of the action this NHL season with Edmonton Oilers sponsorship

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-09-16

EDMONTON, AB, September 16, 2014 – Pizza 73, Western Canada’s leading pizza chain, will enjoy a bigger slice of hockey action thanks to the announcement of a new partnership with the Edmonton Oilers. The multi-year deal, a first between the organi...

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DAS BOOT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-16

It all starts at training camp, the ‘spring training’ of hockey. Now, baseball has poems and melodies and epic movies made with beautiful people, but hockey’s renewal is falling leaves, a chill in the air, the memory of that sound skates make on ice, the sharp tap of the puck going from one stick to the other, the flood of f-bombs that drives the language of the game (noun, verb, pronoun, adverb, you name it, the f-bomb is the bomb in hockey). EDMONTON OILERS TRAINING CAMP LIST, 2014 G Ben Scrivens—A chance to establish himself as an NHL starter this year. Monster opportunity. G Viktor Fasth—Slightly behind Scrivens, that could change in training camp. G Richard Bachma

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