Unheralded Joey LaLeggia is one of the few Edmonton Oilers’ depth prospects well worth keeping an eye on

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-29

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #29 Joey LaLeggia Once per year, we do an annual ranking of the Oilers’ prospects, which means that once a year we write about Joey LaLeggia. That sounds harsh, but it’s the result of two different factors: first, that none of us here at the Cult of Hockey see as much college hockey as we’d like, and second that LaLeggia is a small, offensively capable defenceman whose improvement is difficult to measure from afar. That doesn’t make him a bad prospect – indeed, it’s entirely possible that his No. 29 ranking on this list is an injustice to an improving player. It just means that as a small defenceman picked late in the draft as an overage player LaL

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Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin? It's a Longshot.

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-07-29

Younger. Faster. Stronger. Better. Probably not.

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-28

As we see more and more players selected from the USHL, BCJHL and the New England leagues whose names change with the seasons, it’s becoming more and more important to get an idea about equivalencies for these boutique leagues. Scott Reynolds of Copper and Blue tackles a lot of things guys like me wouldn’t care to, and his NHLE’s (here) in 2011 looked like this: Reynolds: KHL (multiply offense by 0.83), SEL (0.78), CZE (0.74), FNL (0.54), NCAA (0.41), WHL (0.30), OHL (0.30) and QMJHL (0.28); this article for the translations from the USHL (0.27), AJHL (0.16), and BCHL (0.14); and this article for the translations from High School hockey (0.0625). Unfortunately, especia

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2014-15 TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (D)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-28

There are plenty of hopeful candidates (but very little actual hope) among the outsider defensemen on the Oilers 50-man roster. A summer of signing free agents has effectively pushed back the prospects and made surprises unlikely—but not impossible.

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2014 NHL Draft: Sweden draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-28

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Marcus Pettersson was the top Swedish defenseman chosen at the 2014 NHL Draft, going 38th overall to the Ducks (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)   The 2014 NHL Draft has come and gone and as expected, a number of young talents who were both born and raised in Sweden, or are ranked as Swedish prospects because they’ve spent at least the last season in Sweden, have now become the property of an NHL team. All in all, it was a total of 31 players chosen, 28 of whom are Swedish-born. This ties the record number set at the 2011 NHL Draft. There were few surprises amongst Hockey’s Future’s top five Swedish prospects as they all went in the

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NHL anti-stats brigade fighting pointless, doomed rearguard action

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-28

Recently, one of Canada’s most prominent hockey writers wrote an astounding column in a major newspaper criticizing the new prominence of hockey analytics. First, he acknowledged that the management groups behind the 2014 champion Los Angeles Kings and 2013 champion Chicago Blackhawks are both big believers in the utility of analytics in building a team. After acknowledging that, he declared that anyone inclined to attribute the success of those teams to that belief “is an idiot” because the reason both teams actually won was the tremendous high-end talent they had assembled. When reading columns like that, it’s always tempting to look for internal hypocrisy – to see, for example,

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2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Forwards

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-28

So far in this series, we’ve looked at the players projected to fill the Oilers’ three offensive lines in 2014-15. Rather than deal with the rest of the players individually, we’ll take the rest of the forwards as a group and see how Edmonton’s total forward line-up compares to the eight playoff teams in the West last season.

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Monday Mailbag - July 28th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-28

Let's be honest here for a minute... You're at work and you're not doing anything work related. I, for one, salute you slackers and encourage you to do so.  With that, here is another rendition of the Monday mailbag.  I need questions for next week so if you've got one email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com.  Enjoy.

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RE 14-15 JORDAN EBERLE: FREE MAN IN PARIS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-28

Jordan Eberle is at the point in his career where he has to deliver impressive offense in order to be considered worthy of the money. Eberle is not an outstanding two-way player, and he does not push the river. He’s a dynamite scorer though. He has 78 goals in his last 206 games—that works out to 31 goals per 82 games played. That, my friends, is going to get you paid. JORDAN EBERLE 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (4th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.94 (3rd among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards Qual Team: 8th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: 8.7 (2nd best among regular forwards) Zone Start: 49.3% (8th most difficult am

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Kyle Platzer needs a breakout year in Owen Sound if he hopes to get a contract with Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-28

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #30 Kyle Platzer Kyle Platzer was a fourth-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Draft, with one of the cascade of picks Oilers acquired when they twice traded down at the draft table. Here’s what I wrote about him at the time: At first blush (raw stats) there’s not a lot that stands out about Platzer, a 5’11, 176 lb forward (mostly!), who was buried on a deep, successful London Knights squad. In his first OHL season he played 91 regular season, playoff and Memorial Cup games, scoring just 8 goals and 30 points, but managed to post an overall +12, albeit on a heavily plus team. He had just 23 PiM as well, all of which could be sugges

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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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