Changing of Guard

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-01

The Oilers summer of change may not be quite over yet. They have been on the trade market and have had their fair share of activity with contract, yet they still may have to make some more internal moves. The team has had a revelation in the past few months, one that may suggest that its time for the Oilers to start a whole new era of Edmonton hockey. With that mindset, we may very well see a changing of the guard in the form of handing over the captaincy to someone other than, current captain, Andrew Ference. Ference, as we all know by now, was a product of the MacT/Eakins era and was named captain before playing a game in the orange and blue. The change would make a lot of sense if you ta

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 7: BRANDON DAVIDSON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-01

Brandon Davidson has overcome a lot in his young life, so if you’re betting against him prepare for a thinner wallet. That said, the Edmonton Oilers depth chart on blue has a tremendous amount of competition:   D Andrej Sekera (Oilers needed him badly, he’s an outstanding addition) D Mark Fayne (Should flourish under McLellan, take on bigger role on team) D Oscar Klefbom (Talented blue, range of skills, McLellan has a real talent here) D Justin Schultz (Training, working hard, McLellan could do wonders for him) D Nikita Nikitin (Pressure will be on, hopefully he’s healthy, back stands up all year) D Eric Gryba (Tough, defense-first addition. Oilers clearly felt a need) D Andr

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The Top 10 moments for 2014-15

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-01

1. Hawks win the Stanley Cup – June 15, 2015 Thanks to the (literally) tireless efforts of Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, dusting off the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Keith, who played an otherworldly average of 31 minutes per game in the post-season, scored the game-winning goal by following up his own rebound on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop. Patrick Kane, who always seems to come through in big contests, added the dagger on a beauty feed from Brad Richards. In terms of sentiment, it was hard to beat captain Jonathan Toews passing the Cup off to Kimmo Timonen, whose career and life almost ended in the summer due

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens wasn’t quite so bad as he looked and certainly not as his woeful save percentage suggests

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-01

Not all shots are created equally in the NHL, and that has a major impact on the save percentages of goalies. Some teams will have a higher percentage of high quality scoring chances, such as the 1980s Edmonton Oilers. Some teams give up a higher percentage of high quality scoring chances, such as the 2010s Edmonton Oilers.  Goalies who face those high quality attacking teams and are also playing behind a low quality defending team have a special challenge, which brings me to Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth who suffered this fate on the Oilers in 2014-15. Many fans are harsh in regards to Scrivens and go so far as to blame the failings of former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on his weak play. Of

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3 questions for Oilers in 2015-16

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-08-01

EDMONTON -- With all the changes the Edmonton Oilers made this offseason, there is plenty of uncertainty going into this season. Reaction to the management shakeup following Edmonton's NHL Draft Lottery win was positive. Many believe the Oiler...

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Oilers History – MacTavish Top Five Best

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-01

Earlier this week, we looked at the top five best and worst moves of the Steve Tambellini era. Today, we start our look at the top five best and worst moves of the Craig MacTavish era. The MacT era was much shorter, but honestly was also much more disappointing.  It started out with so much promise, but it ended in absolute heartbreak and a stunning break-up between the two sides. Overview: In the spring of 2013, Craig MacTavish was a burst of fresh air through the door. Gone was Steve Tambellini, and in was a much bolder man, Craig MacTavish. He was fired up during his first press conference, promised bold moves and proclaimed that his team was closer than anyone realized.  He had a busy

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RE 15-16 BOB GREEN: (DON’T BOTHER WITH THE) LOCAL GIRLS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-01

Bob Green was hired just about a half a mile down the road and did good work in the procurement department outside the draft in year one plus. I’m prepared to credit him with several astute adds, including Jordan Oesterle (a legit NHL prospect) and Josh Winquist (also legit, but not on the Oilers 50-man list this year). It would also be folly to suggest Green had no involvement in the acquisitions of Laurent Brossoit and Griffin Reinhart via trade (both occurring after Green arrived on the scene with the Oilers). So that’s it for Stu? Yes. He’s gone. Seems harsh. Suspect he’ll be gainfully employed sooner than later. That’s the business. What got him fired? Bo

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2000-01 SEASON

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-01

**The first post in an ongoing series Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2000-01 Oilers season **Aside from Edmonton’s unlikely run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final, Craig MacTavish’s first year as head coach after moving up from assistant coach and taking over from Kevin Lowe was probably his most successful behind Edmonton’s bench.

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1 Player on Each NHL Team in Need of a Bounce-Back Season in 2015-16

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-08-01

It's amazing what one season can do for a hockey player. We see it all the time: Good players have one bad season and end up undervalued. Devan Dubnyk is a great recent example of this. Dubnyk entered 2013-14 as the Edmonton Oilers' starting goalie, a position he earned through years of good work in a tandem with Nikolai Khabibulin behind one of the league's worst defences. He struggled, and badly, eventually finding himself in the minors after a series of trades. Arizona picked Dubnyk up on a cheap, one-year deal and got good play from him and then a draft pick for his rights. Minnesota, the team that gave up the pick, did even better; Dubnyk almost single-handedly carried them into the pla

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Can Nikita Nikitin Bounce Back this season?

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-08-01

Without a doubt, the 2014/2015 season is one to forget for 29-year old defenceman Nikita Nikitin. After being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fifth-round pick last summer before his contract expired, and signing a staggering 2-year deal worth $9 million, Nikitin failed to establish himself as a top four defenceman. The Oilers had the right idea in bringing in a defender in his late twenties, allowing some of the prospects to continue developing in the appropriate leagues. But the price was steep for a player with just over 200 NHL games under his belt. And there were few signs that he would be a difference maker. Full article is at The Copper & Blue.

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WAITING FOR THE UFO’S

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-31

Every day I check the transactions, here and in Europe. Why? I’m waiting for the next chapter in the careers of Curtis Hamilton, Marco Roy and others like them. It’s also a time to search the Gregg Drinnan portions of the internet to find invites for Tyler Soy or Loik Leveille.  Is this important? Well, we could wait until the Oilers release their training camp list but it’s kind of cool to get the information early. Here are some questions I have currently. DID SOMEONE SIGN CARSON STADNYK? He can post offense and is 20. He is 6.02, 190 and can skate (from what I’ve read). What am I missing? I think he might be a Josh Winquist from this past draft and would be intere

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THN’s top 200 fantasy players for 2015-16

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-31

It’s never too early. Not even in the middle of summer. The ideal image of fantasy hockey prep at this time of year might be curling up on a dock with THN’s Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide. That’s a great idea. It’s loaded with useful information, it projects the NHL’s top 300 scorers and it hits newsstands any day now. But what happens when you’ve read that paper edition cover to cover? As the summer inches closer to fall and training camps start up, you’ll want another update in hockey pool expertise. That’s what this specialized list of rankings is for. I will update my top 200 players periodically, and with increasing frequency, until opening n

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