I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES AND MILES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-21

The Oilers amateur scouting staff has been stable in the last couple of years, with three new additions from a couple of years ago being the last changes in the group. I do this every year, I’m not certain it’s accurate in terms of area, and do believe area scouts would see more than just their region by the time the draft arrives. As an example, Edmonton would have had scouting reports on Nail, Darnell and Leon from most of the group below. Lagesson? Probably not. Again, that’s a bit of a guess based on Oilers’ scouting activity over many years—we get far less info on this group than in olden days when Guy Flaming uncovered massive amounts of information at Hockey&

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My New Fight – Living With MS

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-21

This article is not so much about hockey as it is about something bigger than professional sports. It is about an incurable disease and what I’ve been living with the last while. I apologize for the non-hockey related bit but ask that you read and share so that we can help raise awareness for a disease that affects more than 2.3 million people world wide. Last September I picked my daughter up from her first day of third grade, and like I do every year I take her out to dinner so we can talk about all that happened on that ever crucial first day of school. Well when I got out of our car to walk into the restaurant I noticed that my feet were asleep. I thought it was weird but brushed it of

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NHL changes draft lottery rules, which should work nicely for the Oilers

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-21

There was no shortage of jokes on Wednesday that the NHL’s fancy new draft lottery rules were a direct result of the Oilers’ unmatched ability to land No. 1 picks. That’s debatable. What isn’t debatable is that the timing of the change could not possibly be better for Edmonton.

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The Season Ahead: Why I Still Have Hope

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-08-21

Still I cling to the hope, as stupid and irrational as it may be, that everything will break right for the Oilers and when the dust clears they'll be a lot better than I expected. This year the source of that hope is Nugent-Hopkins' shoulder.

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Greg Chase continues to dramatically outperform his 7th round draft selection

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-21

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #10 Greg Chase Last summer, shortly after Edmonton selected Greg Chase with a late draft pick, we described him as potentially being the best seventh round selection the team had made in a decade. He responded with a WHL campaign that saw him more than double his previous high in goals and jump better than 50 percent in the assists column. Those improvements made Chase the highest-scoring player on the Calgary Hitmen and also earned him an invite to Hockey Canada’s world junior camp earlier this month. Of course, we expected Chase to make some progress, just as not as much as this. From last year’s profile: Expectations for 2013-14: With a player like Chas

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Edmonton Oilers' first Stanley Cup-winning team reunite for a fundraiser the Stollery [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-08-21

The Edmonton Oilers' first Stanley Cup-winning team will create a lasting legacy that goes beyond the ice this fall.

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Nurse once again Edmonton Oilers’ top prospect in Fall 2014 Top 20

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-08-21

Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)   The Fall 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers Top 20 remained relatively steadfast among the top five spots save for the addition of newcomer to the list and 2014 third-overall draft selection Leon Draisaitl. Once again, the Top 20 is dominated by defensive prospects but two strong power forwards, Mitch Moroz and Jujhar Khaira (both drafted in 2012), continue to turn heads as they make a push up the rankings and look toward having a strong training camp performance. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is pulling away from the pack of Oilers goaltend

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Hockey Wars: The Blogosphere vs. Mainstream Media

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-21

Guy with bad haircut tries to break down the seemingly never-ending war between the hockey blogosphere and the mainstream media.

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Just Who Is Nikita Nikitin

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-21

GM Craig MacTavish understood coming into the summer that defense was the number one issue on his NHL roster, and that he needed to add at least two proven NHL players. We’ve already looked at Keith Aulie, a solid depth addition, and Mark Fayne, the big name get that fills a top-four hole. The Oilers also made a bit of a splash by trading for and signing Nikita Nikitin. The Means Of Entry: The Oilers, likely knowing they had Fayne in their back pocket, traded a 5th round pick to Columbus in exchange for the defender’s negotiating rights. The Oilers took a few days to get the deal done, but it happened, as Edmonton signed the big Russian to a two year deal that pays him $4.5 M per

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HEY, JOE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-20

The San Jose Sharks’ “Summer of Stupid” continued today, as the team announced no captain will be named before training camp. Joe Thornton was the captain, but the organization is going in another direction that doesn’t (apparently) include Jumbo Joe. This is, of course, insane. Thornton doesn’t want to leave (he may have been born in Ontario, but he was made for the coast) and who can blame him? If he eventually agrees to be dealt, the odds that Edmonton would be on his ‘no fly’ list are very strong. THEN WHY TALK ABOUT IT??? Because it’s all too beautiful. Joe Thornton solves all, well most, of the problems facing Edmonton. Crappy power play?

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Matt Henderson: New Oilers Rule

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-20

The old Oilers aren’t the only ones the NHL had to make rules to prevent their domination of the league. Back in the 80’s the Oilers were so prolific at 4v4 or 3v3 situations that the NHL felt the need to step in. They began using these situations tactically (why wouldn’t you) and the league obviously felt it sort of went against the spirit of the thing, so they changed the rules so coincide...

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Can Offseason Additions Help Arizona Coyotes Make Playoffs?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-08-20

For this coming hockey season, the bottom line for the Arizona Coyotes could be more of the “same old, same old.”If their offseason moves, at this point, are complete, the Coyotes made just a few lateral moves. No significant trades and no signing of major free agents characterized the Arizona offseason. In a strange way, the Coyotes could benefit from buying out the remaining three years of a troubled Mike Ribeiro’s contract and opening the door to say goodbye to right wing Radim Vrbata. These subtractions could work in the Coyotes favor.Then again, head coach Dave Tippett is wondering how to replace potential offensive contributions. The optimum word here is “potent

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