For Marner, winning OHL MVP once is great. Twice, not so much.

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

If the Red Tilson Trophy is to be trusted, Mitch Marner has nothing more to learn or prove in junior hockey. The award, handed to the London Knights right winger, annually goes to the best player in the Ontario Hockey League. Many past winners in ye olde OHA days went on to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Frank Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, Gil Perreault and Rod Gilbert among them. (I remember Bobby Smith shattering league records to eclipse Wayne Gretzky back in ’78, but someone please explain to me how Bobby Orr didn’t win in his year.) More recent winners have gone on to contemporary NHL superstardom, a number that includes John Tavares and last year’s winner Connor McDavid. (And

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Off-Season Targets: Alex Goligoski

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-03

When talking about powerplay options for the defense this summer, Edmonton Oiler fans often forget about Alex Goligoski of the Dallas Stars. While not being a sexy name, Goligoski has carved a nice career out for himself down in the lone star state. The quick skating defender posted 5-32-37 in 82 games with the Stars this past season. He’s an offensive defender through and through. Oh, and he’s a pending UFA and will be available for nothing but money. Why Is He Out There?: The Stars will be up against the cap this coming summer and have some decisions to make. The team needs to re-sign players like Patrick Eaves, Val Nichushkin, Kris Russell, Jason Demers and Jamie Oleksiak. On

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Down Goes Brown: 5 ways the Leafs will screw up the No. 1 pick

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

That No. 1 card will be the highlight, the go-to clip that they show for years when they talk about the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. The moment when Bill Daly flipped over that final card to reveal a Maple Leafs logo and award the top pick to Toronto will be the lasting image of Saturday night’s festivities. But for diehard Maple Leafs fans – a group that it’s fair to say I know a thing or two about – the biggest moment of the night had already come a few minutes earlier. It was the No. 4 card, the one that would reveal the final team to fall out of the top three. The fourth pick represented the worst-case scenario for Leafs fans, and so it went without saying that it was what we

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Options Aplenty for the Oilers at 4th Overall

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-03

On April 30th, 2016, the most recent edition of the NHL Draft Lottery was completed, with the balls ultimately falling in favor of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Entering the event with the best odds to win the selection at 20%, the Leafs secured the rights to their first first overall since 1985, when they selected Wendel Clark. In following with the new Draft Lottery format, two teams with lesser odds moved up in the Draft Order, as the Winnipeg Jets rocketed up to second overall, while the Columbus Blue Jackets moved from fourth to third overall. As a result, because the Oilers were surpassed by two teams, Edmonton will now officially pick fourth overall at the 2016 NHL Draft, a position which

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Edmonton Oilers Prospect Watch: Ethan Bear

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-03

The Edmonton Oilers and elite young talent have long gone hand in hand. Having possessed 12 first round picks over the past ten Drafts, including four first overall picks over the past six, the Oilers have had seemingly endless opportunities to make significant, long-term additions to their roster. Embed from Getty Images However, an over-emphasis on selecting forwards, rather than defense or goaltending, has placed Edmonton in a never-ending tailspin into irrelevance, as the team as now failed to reach the Playoffs in any capacity over the past decade. As such, one area of major need remains the Oilers blue-line, which, similar to their overall record, has remained amongst the worst in

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A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-03

Connor McDavid was nominated for the Calder Trophy yesterday, the first Oiler to get the honor since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (who should have won the award in 2012). I don’t think McDavid will win it, but the fact he was nominated tells us the NHL realizes how special the young man is—even with fewer than 50 games. I credit Elliotte Friedman, who publicly stated he felt McDavid was the best rookie and put his money where his mouth is on the issue. CONNOR MCDAVID, 2015-16 5×5 points per 60: 2.69 (1st among regular forwards, No. 2 NHL) 5×4 points per 60: 6.68 (1st among regular forwards, No. 5 NHL) Corsi for 5×5 %: 51.3 (3rd among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 4th toughest competition a

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Oilers GM Chiarelli says ‘real, legitimate chance’ Edmonton trades fourth-overall pick

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-03

The Oilers finishing the 2015-16 campaign with the league’s second-worst record had some believing the NHL’s draft lottery could again fall in Edmonton’s favor. Instead, the Oilers lost out on a top-three pick and will select fourth overall at the June draft, but that might not be the worst thing for the organization. Not only did Edmonton’s fall to the fourth-overall selection save the league from a major headache — just imagine if the Oilers had secured the first-overall pick for the fifth time in seven seasons — but it could have very well set the table for GM Peter Chiarelli to really set his plan into motion and shape the future of the franchise. And that plan could include

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Trader Pete

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-05-03

Could one of these fellas be on the move to shore up the blue line this summer? Yesterday was a busy day for Bob Stauffer and the listeners of Oilers Now. The talk was all about who the Oilers should pick at 4th overall at this summer’s NHL Entry Draft, which one of the $6M men could get traded, and a multitude of trade scenarios to which I am going to discuss below. There are a few points of view when talking about the Oilers’ first rounder this year. Keep it and draft one of Matthew Tkachuk or Pierre-Luc Dubois. Trade down and draft one of Logan Brown or Olli Juolevi. Trade it outright or package it with a roster player for an upgrade on the blueline. Stauffer said he’d

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The Man From YEG In YYZ On Lottery Day

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-03

By Avry Lewis-McDougall On Saturday evening, a bar filled to the brim with Toronto Maple Leaf fans all jumped together in unison as for the first time since 1985, their team will pick first overall in the NHL Entry Draft. It’s now most likely the landing spot for Auston Matthews, the top ranked American forward who spent this past season tearing it up in Switzerland. For me, as the only born and and raised Edmontonian in the Tilted Kilt in the downtown core of the city that night, I could do nothing but throw my head back and brace for impact with the heckling. Leading up to this lottery there was a sense of hope from this fan base, surely finishing in 30th would mean they’d fina

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A Draft Day Blueprint

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-03

The NHL Entry Draft tends to be exciting not just because of the young players available for selection to the league’s 30 member clubs but also because it’s a sort of unofficial summer trade deadline. There’s a clock on each of those draft picks, and each general manager has to decide whether to spend them on young prospects or trade them for immediate help. A year ago, Edmonton decided to cash in a lot of its picks for immediate help. It would surprise absolutely nobody if the Oilers did so once again.

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