FINGERPRINT FILE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-31

Every year I follow the familiar path to the draft—Ivan Hlinka, long pause, NHL season opens, 10 days to 40 days, Oilers fall out of the playoff race, WJs and I promise not to write about the draft, denial, rage, sadness, and finally draft talk. 2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: David Quenneville #NJDevils https://t.co/WX5YufCUOI — All About the Jersey (@AATJerseyBlog) May 31, 2016 The math is what I like. Math makes the draft look fun, just as it does with baseball. I know lots of people who examine the draft—many who know me and vice versa—and every year I hope my team (your Edmonton Oilers) runs a math draft. You may ask, what would it look like? Well, how about this? No. 4 o

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A Defining Moment

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-31

It's absolutely critical that the Oilers do not screw this up. There's a little less than a month to go before the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  As an Oilers fan, you're probably aware of how the entry draft goes by now.  Select the best player (it's been a forward for five of the last six years), insert player into lineup, and see if that player can become a dominant force. Then, when the rest of the team doesn't get fixed, you lament this fact around late November.  You then coast into the final five months of the season wondering what would have happened if the team brought along that right shot defenceman, or what might have happened if the team could ever figure out how

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VITAL NHL COMBINE FOR OILERS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-31

The NHL Combine gets a lot of coverage, but what can it tell us? We used to get heights and weights from each player attending, but even that went south in 2015. Is there anything of value for fans? Yes.

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Mark Arcobello: A Brief History

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-31

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and to ruin everyone's week on a Tuesday, but something truly heartbreaking happened this morning.  Reporting that former Leafs, #Oilers #OKCBarons Mark Arcobello has signed 2 years with SC Bern (NLA). https://t.co/lvlElKyho1— Patricia Teter (@Artful_Puck) May 31, 2016 I'll give you all a moment to let that sink in. 

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Eric Belanger, Trading Pick 4, Finns Falling? – Oilers Randoms

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-31

We are less than 24 hours from the month of June. For Oiler fans, that should be a big deal. After a year of watching this hockey team, Peter Chiarelli will have the opportunity to plug holes and finally put his stamp on this organization. Like I say every year, this is a massive summer for the Edmonton Oilers. Screwing up this off-season is simply not an option for this hockey club. That said, one of the big things for Edmonton will be avoiding mistakes of the past. The Oilers have butchered the rebuild(s) due to their inability to augment their roster with veteran talent to help the young kids. Speaking of which, there is a chance that one of the “core” kids will be moved this

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NEED TO KNOW: Watch the Calder Cup for Free

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-05-31

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – Every Monday, the Condors will give you what you need to know about Condorstown and the world of hockey for the upcoming week. OK, today is Tuesday, but yesterday was a holiday, so cut us some slack! HERSHEY v. LAKE ERIE FOR THE CALDER CUP Hershey advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with a Game 5 win over Toronto on Sunday. You can watch the entire series free on AHL Live using the access code above with Game 1 on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Bears are led by former Condors coaches Troy Mann & Ryan Murphy along with longtime d-man Erik Burgdoerfer Hershey and Cleveland (Lake Erie) have met three times in the Calder Cup Finals, but well before t

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Griffin Reinhart and the Expansion Draft

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-31

For a hypothetical expansion team, it’s hard to imagine a much better target than Griffin Reinhart. The 2012 fourth overall pick is still finding his way in the NHL, but has the potential to play for a decade or more in the league. It’s also difficult to imagine the Oilers protecting Reinhart in the expansion draft.

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Former Maple Leaf Arcobello signs 2-year deal with Swiss club

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-31

Free agent forward Mark Arcobello signed a two-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss League Tuesday. Arcobello spent the 2015-16 season bouncing between the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old totalled three goals and four points in 20 games with the Maple Leafs. Although he played in just 49 games with the Marlies, Arcobello finished second in team scoring with 25 goals and 59 points. Arcobello scored 23 goals and totalled 53 points in 139 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes, and Maple Leafs.

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Trouble Brewing with the Oilers Young Core?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-31

Eric Belanger is your typical “character” NHL player. A veteran of 820 games, and seven different teams, Belanger wasn’t known as a sniper or playmaker, but he was money in the face-off circle and did contribute with 358 points over the course of his career. Belanger is a good guy to have in the room, and ideally should be a presence to help young guys learn the ropes. That was the assumption during his two-year stint with the Oilers. However according to the guy himself, things didn’t quite pan out. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE) The Schultz Saga It all started with an innocent tweet about Justin Schultz, former Oiler, essentially driven out-of-town, and now thrivi

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THE POWER OF 4

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-31

It is the established opinion of this blog that the Oilers would be wise to solve their defensive issues without dealing any of the key forwards—specifically Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Draisaitl and promising young Connor McDavid. Beyond difficult of course, but Matt Tkachuk may come to the rescue. Elliotte Friedman: “I think there are going to be a lot of people who are going to want to get into that spot (No. 4) to get their hands on Tkachuk. I think if anything, this tournament has kind of cemented the fact that he’s No. 4. And who knows, maybe in somebody’s eyes he’s even higher. God only knows. But I think that now the draft really begins there, and Edmonton knows it. The fact that

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