Should the Edmonton Oilers make a play for Mikhail Grigorenko?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-30

The Buffalo Sabres are blessed with probably the deepest group of prospects in the NHL today. The club further owns three first-round picks in next year’s draft, reputed to be one of the best in recent memory. The team has also made long-term, big-money commitments to a pair of 24-year-old centres on Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis. With a pile of quality prospects on the way, and three young players (Hodgson, Ennis, 2014 No. 2 overall pick Sam Reinhart) presumably anchoring the Sabres at centre for years to come, is it possible that Mikhail Grigorenko might slip loose? If he does, is he a player that Edmonton should be interested in? There is certainly a positional argument for Grigorenko’

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Darnell Nurse: A look Forward

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-30

The Oilers broke established tradition and took a defender with their first pick for the first time in many moons at the 2013 entry draft, picking big Darnell Nurse from the OHL. Nurse, who comes from an athletic family, brought the skill-set and elements that Edmonton was badly lacking to the group of defensive prospects in the system. A little over a year later, and Nurse has a whole training camp and pre-season under his belt, as well as a dominate draft year +1 in juniors. He’s developed very nicely to this point, and is looking like a player that might be ready to push for NHL employment as early as this coming season. The Oilers have put roadblocks up in the forms of Nikita Nikit

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20-YEAR OLD AHL PERFORMANCE (FWDS)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-30

The two best seasons to evaluate for prospects are 17 (the season they are drafted) and their 20-year old (usually first year pro) season. For Oilers fans, the 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City will offer a chance to see several impressive prospects make their pro debut. How will they perform?

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 1: MITCHELL MOROZ

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-29

Mitchell Moroz fits a need going back a long while if he can deliver in all areas required for a big, physical forward who can complement skill forwards. It’s a really difficult job, and it takes awhile to find the range. When we discuss a player-type like Moroz, the temptation to compare him to the outer markers (I’m not going to name him, so you can forget it) is overwhelming. How about we let Mitchell Moroz be Mitchell Moroz, and see where that takes us? MITCHELL MOROZ RE 14-15 PPG NAME GP G A PTS .429 MITCHELL MOROZ OKC RE 14-15 70 15 15 30   MITCHELL MOROZ OILERS RE 14-15 1 0 0 0 This is a reasonable bet for Mitchell Moroz based on the ice-time he’ll probab

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Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov reverts to favourite jersey number

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-07-29

Nail Yakupov may be sporting a new number for the 2014-15 NHL season, but he said it’ll still be the same name on the back of his sweater.“It’s my favourite number from a long time ago,” he said Thursday during the Edmonton Oilers’ hockey school at Servus Credit Union Place. “So yeah, why not, if you have a chance to change it. “I don’t want to say anything is going to change my game or something,” he continued. “I don’t want to talk a lot about this number. I just change number.”

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TALKING THE TALK

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-29

It goes without saying that talking the talk is one thing and walking the walk is quite another, but Nail Yakupov was saying all the right things when he met with members of the media at a hockey school being put on by the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

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She Was Too Good To Me: The Mirage of the Krueger Power Play

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-29

One of the persistent myths about the Oilers’ recent history involves the power play. The myth reads like this: *In 2011-12 Ralph Krueger, then an associate coach under Tom Renney, took over the power play. *From the 2010-11 season to the 2011-12 season, the power play improved from 27th in the NHL (14.5% success rate) to 3rd in the NHL (20.6%), something then GM Steve Tambellini highlighted when promoting the Krueger hire the following season. *As head coach for the 2012-13 season, Krueger continued to ice a successful power play, good enough for 8th in the NHL (20.1%) *Since firing Krueger, the Oilers’ power play has hit the skids and fallen to a paltry 21st in the NHL (17%) O

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Brandon Sutter For 2C?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-29

On Sunday, the Edmonton Journal looked into Penguins’ center Brandon Sutter and his fit in Edmonton, mainly because of a report coming from a Penguins blog, Pens Labyrinth, that stated the Oilers were watching on the center’s contract situation. Sutter is currently a restricted free agent, and is looking for a one-year contract from the Pens. He elected to not take the club to arbitration, and is hoping to work out a deal with the team on his own. On top of this, he has been offered a number of different contract options to re-sign, including a lengthy option that gives the former Canes’ center some stability. The Player: Brandon Sutter is a legit NHL center, and has proven

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2014 NHL Draft: QMJHL draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-29

Photo: St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, the first of two 2014 second round picks for that club, will be looking to join former Moncton Wildcats teammate Dmitri Jaskin on the Blues’ roster (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)   In some ways, it is disappointing that a year after having 31 players chosen at the NHL Draft (including the current Calder Trophy winner), the QMJHL dropped to having only 17 players selected in the 2014 draft. On the other hand, it is a return to familiar territory for the league. Historically, the QMJHL seems to follow particularly strong years with weaker cohorts (and early speculation for the 2015 draft points to an upswing of QMJHL players once

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Edmonton Oiler Nail Yakupov gets number 10 on his jersey

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-07-29

Nail Yakupov will have a new look this fall, forcing some Edmonton Oilers fans to make jersey adjustments.

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Where does Luke Gazdic fit in?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-29

This summer, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish unveiled an ambitious plan for next season’s team: three scoring lines and a defensive zone specialty unit. He then signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year extension. Are these things mutually exclusive?

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RE 14-15 NAIL YAKUPOV: BIG YELLOW TAXI

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-29

It was a frustrating season for Nail Yakupov. After leading the team in goals as a rookie in 2012-13, Yakupov experienced a major change in coaching philosophy in moving from Ralph Krueger to Dallas Eakins. The result was myriad errant sorties, frustration from player and coach, benchings, healthy scratches and a predictable dive in shooting percentage in what can best be described as a period of transition.  NAIL YAKUPOV 12-13 5×5 points per 60: 2.20 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 4.20 (5th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 7th toughest among regular forwards (second-third line opp) Qual Team: 7th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: -5.1(11th bes

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