Sekera and Fayne

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-05-24

Since last summer, the Oilers have struggled to carve out a solid defence core that contained a balance of skill, size and experience. And heading into the draft and free agency, it’s become apparent to everyone that the OIlers will likely be making a move or two to enhance the blue line and hopefully push for a playoff spot this upcoming season. One thing that has become lost in the discussion is the effectiveness of the Sekera-Fayne pairing this past season and why maintaining that tandem is critical for the Oilers. Sekera and Fayne played over 600 minutes together in 2015/16, the most among all pairings in Edmonton, and averaged over 23% of the team’s total ice time at even-st

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Chiarelli hopes to improve Oilers in a ‘short period of time’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-23

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Monday, taking in the action between the London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings. During the second intermission, he stopped by Sportsnet’s panel of Jeff Marek, Todd Warriner and Damien Cox where he was asked about his plans for his team’s first pick (fourth overall) at the upcoming NHL Draft. “I’m looking at all options. We’ve got to improve now but there’s some pretty good future players out here and elsewhere,” said Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of chatter going on right now and we’ve got a month and a half to go, so we’ll see what happens, but I have to listen to ev

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Chiarelli hopes to improve Oilers in a ‘short period of time’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-23

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Monday, taking in the action between the London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings. During the second intermission, he stopped by Sportsnet’s panel of Jeff Marek, Todd Warriner and Damien Cox where he was asked about his plans for his team’s first pick (fourth overall) at the upcoming NHL Draft. “I’m looking at all options. We’ve got to improve now but there’s some pretty good future players out here and elsewhere,” said Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of chatter going on right now and we’ve got a month and a half to go, so we’ll see what happens, but I have to listen to ev

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Cult of Hockey: the deleterious impact of hard minutes on Schultz, Klefbom, Marincin & Nurse

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-23

What happens when you play a defenceman two or three two slots too high in the line-up?  The spotty careers of Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin with the Edmonton Oilers are what happens. And since the same dynamic repeated itself this year with Darnell Nurse getting both too many minutes and far too many difficult minutes with the Edmonton Oilers, a closer examination of the syndrome is prudent in order. Of course, Nurse and Schultz, the main point of comparison here, are entirely different players, one a fierce intimidator with great defensive tools who needs work on his puck-moving and overall hockey IQ, the other a slick passer who needs to develop greater defensive intensity

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RE 15-16 ZACK KASSIAN: WHEN THE TRUTH COMES OUT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-23

There are few stories in life with greater universal appeal than redemption. If you have lived a life worthwhile, then you know the true cost of bad decisions—and the satisfaction that comes in finding your way home. And you have a new understanding of a journey with miles and miles to go. (When The Truth Comes Out). ZACK KASSIAN 2015-16 5×5 points per 60: 1.13 (No. 10 among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 0.00 (no points in eight minutes) Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.5 Qual Comp: No. 6 among regular forwards (2line) Qual Team: No. 6 among regular forwards (2line) Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -8.1 Shots on goal/percentage: 42/7.1 Boxcars: 36GP, 3-5-8 .222 WAR-ON-ICE PLAYER CHART Kassian is in a

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NEED TO KNOW: Conference Finals heat up

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-05-23

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. No time to waste… BOTH AHL CONFERENCE FINALS FEATURE 2-0 SERIES LEADS On Saturday, the Hershey Bears jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Marlies thanks to an overtime goal from Carter Camper. Former Condors D Erik Burgdoerfer has three assists in his last three games and is +4 over his last two series On Sunday, the Lake Erie Monsters took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 win over the Ontario Reign. The series heads to Cleveland for games three, four, and five. NHL CONFERENCE FINALS DO AN ABOUT FACE

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WHO IS THE BEST GOALIE IN THE 2016 DRAFT?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

As much as we love hockey, sussing out goalies and their ability to stop the puck is a mystery to pretty much everyone. If you skim over past drafts trying to find successful patterns, the reasonable conclusion is for your favorite team to 'get lucky' and count it as a skill. Let's look at last year's projections and figure out this season.

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North By NorthGretz Podcast - Ball Water

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

This week the boys are joined by special guest, Instagram mega-star Allison Currie! Alley and the boys talk about eating frozen hot dogs, the Kassian re-signing, call-out various small towns in the greater Sturgeon County area, and Allison talks about her night with The Great One and awkward moments in the Rexall visitors room!Next up it’s the debut of a new game, “Pornhub or Twitter Comment”, before another life affirming round of Ask The Idiots. 

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Russian coach slams Yakupov, says his absence helped Russia medal at World Championship

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-23

Life in Edmonton hasn’t been easy on winger Nail Yakupov over the past few seasons, and he can’t even catch a break at home in Russia. Following Russia’s 7-2 thumping of Team USA in the bronze medal game at the World Championship, Russian coach Oleg Znarok let it be known that Yakupov’s absence from the team didn’t have any impact on the nation’s inability to capture its first gold medal at the tournament since 2014. In fact, Znarok said the lack of Yakupov on the Russian roster was beneficial to the team, calling it “addition by subtraction,” according to Slava Malamud. That’s an unpleasant way for a national team coach to describe one of his potential players and almost a

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Cult of Hockey: Justin Schultz steps up in Pittsburgh, but he needed a change

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-23

Schultz’s fail in Edmonton was also the team’s fail. Can they avoid same with Nurse?  Justin Schultz has been getting some positive reviews in Pittsburgh, having stepped into the Pittsburgh line-up in the Stanley Cup playoffs due to injury. For example, ESPN columnist Scott Burnside recently wrote of Schultz: “Redemption doesn’t always come in a big box with shiny paper and a bow. Sometimes, redemption is delivered piecemeal, in dribs and drabs. That doesn’t make it any less delicious or meaningful. Ask Justin Schultz, who has gone from favorite whipping boy of Edmonton Oilers fans and the poster boy for unfulfilled expectations to being not just

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