Welcome to the NHL Brock Boeser: A look at the Canucks prospect’s debut

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-25

Less than 24 hours after playing his last NCAA game with the University of North Dakota, Brock Boeser made his NHL debut Saturday against the Minnesota Wild. And it was a memorable start to his career. Boeser, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, had his NCAA season and career come to an end Friday night after his North Dakota team was eliminated in the first round by Boston University in double overtime of the NCAA Hockey Championship. It was Boeser’s sophomore season so he could have gone back for another two years if he wanted, but after the loss the expectation was that the Canucks would quickly sign him — and that’s just what they did Saturday morning. A native

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Oilers vs Avalanche: Part Two

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-03-25

The Oilers take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight for the second time in three days, this time on home ice at Rogers Place. I’ll be blunt, the first game was ugly. For the most part it was some pretty bad hockey by both sides. Not to brag or anything, but I watched the WHOLE THING. I didn’t turn off the TV once. I’m strangely proud of that! Cam Talbot let in four goals on 13 shots, but I have trouble blaming him considering how reliable he’s been for this team all season. Every player has a rough stretch here and there, Cam is no exception. It’s not like Dadbot had much help from his team either. The Klefbom/Larsson pairing had a particularly bumpy game, getting

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Leon Draisaitl's epic roll may have double indemnity implications on Oilers' salary cap

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-25

GAME DAY 75: Avalanche at Oilers Let’s start with the good news: Leon Draisaitl is for real. The Edmonton Oilers’ big forward has emerged as one of the game’s top young forwards, and he just keeps on proving it. Of course he has done so basking in the heavy shade of one Connor McDavid, his teammate, linemate, and the single top young forward that the qualifier “one of” need not apply. To further confound matters, the two have been playing on the same line for months now, each impacting the other and leaving still unanswered a definitive answer to the question, “can Leon drive his own line?” Something one might think Peter Chiarelli might want to know

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Is Cam Talbot Tired? By Marcus Boutilier

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2017-03-25

Photo Credit to Andy Devlin Cam Talbot is not tired. At least not physically anyway. All this talk about Cam Talbot and whether fatigue is becoming an issue reminds me of similar talk which surrounded Washington’s Braden Holtby with much the same argument after the 2014-15 season when he started 73 games. Some suggested he needed rest, but his playoff performance that year was sick. 13GP and a 1.71 GAA with a .944 SV%! I dare say he was not fatigued. Last year the Caps used him in 66 starts. He tied legendary Martin Brodeur’s 48 wins in a season record and was named the Vezina Trophy winner and still was a rock in the playoffs. One only need to refer to Holtby’s career post

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Which Canadian NHL team has the best defence pairing?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-25

In February I took a look at which Canadian team had the best first line, settling on the McDavid line in Edmonton, which is tough to dispute simply because of Connor McDavid’s dominance this year. Because that was such a fun one to look at, Sportsnet thought it would be a good idea to see which team had the best defence pairing in Canada, so I looked into it. Last time I picked a representative from each Canadian team, but unfortunately this time I didn’t feel it was necessary to do that. With all due respect to some decent pairings in Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver, none of them had a tandem that really stacked up to the other four Canadian teams, so I figured it would be easier to

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GDB 75.0: EDMONTON SKYLINE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-25

We have reached a unique point in the season, in fact for Oilers fans it has been a decade since seeing this part of the skyline. Tonight at Rogers Place, two buddies will be chatting about how many times to play Laurent Brossoit, what the best matchup could be in the first round of the playoffs, and a cool new phrase to replace ‘Shirts off for Horcoff!’ when the Saturday nights in playoff season reach our city. QUESTION ONE: HOW MANY STARTS FOR BROSSOIT? A lot of the story surrounding the goalies will depend on how quickly Edmonton can clinch the playoffs. A secondary, but very important, priority involves the Oilers placement in the Pacific Division. A hot streak could see the

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Edmonton Oilers: Jonas Gustavsson Scores AHL Goal

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-03-25

Since the Edmonton Oilers assigned Jonas Gustavsson to the Bakersfield Condors, he has been working on his game. Apparently, he’s added some offensive edge as well. The Condors defeated the San Diego Gulls 5-1 on Friday, but not without Gustavsson scoring a goal. With about three minutes left to play, Gulls left winger Kalle Kossila […] Edmonton Oilers: Jonas Gustavsson Scores AHL Goal - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Maroon Bringing Everything to the Table

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-03-25

Patrick Maroon has come a long way from being a fringe NHL bruiser to a legitimate top six forward. Not only that, he has emerged as quality goalscorer on the top line for the Edmonton Oilers. In 90 games with the Oilers, Maroon has 53 points and 205 shots in parts of two seasons. He played 204 games for the Anaheim Ducks and accumulated 79 points and 300 shots on goal over a span of five seasons. As you can see, his scoring rate has drastically improved since coming to Edmonton towards the end of last season. His shooting frequency has greatly increased with Edmonton as he has managed to nearly matched his shot total as a Duck in less than 100 games as an Oiler. Maroon represents the proces

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Even if Dead Puck Era continues, Connor McDavid of Edmonton Oilers projects to 120-point plus seasons

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-25

There’s a guessing game going on right now as to how many points Connor McDavid will finish the year with. Can he score 13 points in his final eight games and reach 100? He’s averaged 1.18 points per game so far this year. If he does the same the rest of the way he’ll get nine more points and end up with 96.  But what if we look further down the road? What will McDavid get next year? What will he get at his peak? Disclaimer If you don’t enjoy this kind of speculation — and we’re only just guestimating here, not saying what will happen — please stop reading now, so I don’t have to listen to your complaints later about my rampant speculation

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Homegrown Goalie!

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-25

In Oilers history, drafting and developing goalies hasn’t been an easy square on the developmental bingo card. Andy Moog, Grant Fuhr, two decades to Devan Dubnyk, crickets. That’s almost 40 years of drafting and there have been a lot of misses along with the hits. OILERS (DRAFTED) GOALIES AND NHL GAMES PLAYED Grant Fuhr 868 Andy Moog 713 Devan Dubnyk 358 Jussi Markkanen 128 Jeff Deslauriers 62 Mike Morrison 29 Daryl Reaugh 27 Joacquin Gage 23 Mike Greenlay 2 Tyler Bunz 1 Mike Minard 1 Adam Hauser 1 And that’s it. 42 goalies drafted, 12 played in an NHL game (29%) and three (7%) have played in over 200 games. Needle, meet haystack. DYLAN WELLS Entering his draft year (2016

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Random Saturday Thoughts

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-25

Last week, I dove into the depths of hockey Internet to find some random stuff to talk about and a few of you asked me to do it again so here I am. This week, we’ll look at Gustavsson’s goal, a Gretzky throwback, nut shots, and anything else I could find that was worth talking about. If you ever see something hilarious/noteworthy don’t hesitate to email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com and I’ll give you the credit. Let’s do it. GUS GETS A GOAL GOALIE GOAL @Condors netminder Jonas Gustavsson nets his first goal of his career. #SDvsBAK pic.twitter.com/C9iVbl39RK — AHL (@TheAHL) March 25, 2017 Last night, Jonas Gustavson became the 12th goalie in AHL hist

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From a Hotel to the Golden Dome

Source: The Players Tribune
Date: 2017-03-25

It’s pretty simple. Pick out any single point on somebody within your field of vision. For me, I like to focus on the little logo on our game socks … eight minutes (exactly) before we step on the ice for warmups. Find a second teammate nearby and pick out the same thing.

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