Caggiula Shines, Maroon Strains and Gustavsson Struggles

Source: OilersNetwork
Date: 2016-09-29

On Wednesday night, the Oilers lost 5-3 in their third game of the pre-season. In a contest that saw some good and some not-so-good from an Oilers perspective, the Edmonton power play let them down, ultimately costing Edmonton the game. With the exception of one 5-on-3 situation that resulted in a goal, Edmonton was given a ton of opportunities they failed to capitalize on.The rest of the game was an example of where the Oilers need work. With a roster of more proven NHL talent, on paper, Edmonton should have defeated Vancouver. They didn't and it's clear, the Oilers miss that threat of a point-shot on the man advantage.Patrick MaroonIt wasn't good to see Maroon go down midway through the th

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WCOH Final 2: Canada vs. Europe

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-29

This time, there's something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it's been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about. 

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Why the World Cup will never look like this again

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-29

TORONTO – It won’t always be like this. After a dozen autumns of hibernation, the reborn World Cup of Hockey arose bold and weird and, at the best of times, beautiful. Fair and lopsided, clunky and fresh, the best-on-best tournament has battled through criticism, multiple national-program-questioning upsets, clumps of vacant Air Canada Centre seats, soft U.S. TV scores, and an American League wild-card race just three Bautista-long-tosses west. “There’s not a lot of Torontos,” says NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “Even for this market and its hockey passion, it was at times challenging.” So when the World Cup resurfaces next—be it in three, four or five years, according t

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I miss you Dad

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-29

On my 14th birthday my father drove me into Edmonton for my learner’s test. I passed and when we walked to the car he tossed me the keys. I couldn’t believe it. I’d never driven in the city, I’d only practiced on the tractor at the farm. “You got your learners for a reason,” he said with a smile and if he was nervous when we pulled away he never showed it. I still remember the route we took back to the farm that day. We stopped at the A&W on 82 avenue just east of 75th street. It is no longer there, but every time I drive by it I think of him. Two years later, I turned 16 and my father rode with me into Edmonton, me behind the wheel, so I could take my driving test. I passed

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THE HEAT IS ON!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-09-29

The Edmonton Oilers hit the left coast with their top line and the Leftorium last night, with a pile of at-bats for hopefuls and a few veterans along to get in some work. Losses are not a big deal in pre-season, even though the Oilers losing seems normal in any season. What is a big deal is the prospects are already separating themselves from the pack. Drake Caggiula is gaining a hold on one of the 14 forward spots, and Griffin Reinhart could be sent to Bakersfield today based on merit. The pressure is on, and some of these prospects are not doing well. LAST NIGHT, DEFENSIVE NUMBERS Edmonton dressed two sure things (Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse) and they played well, for the most part.

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Edmonton Oilers rank 29th out of 30 teams, says NHL insider

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-29

Won’t get fooled again, says Haggerty This just in from NHL insider Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, a veteran Boston hockey broadcaster, his NHL power rankings that have the Oilers 29th out of 30 teams.  “This is a ‘show me; ranking. I’ve expected the Oilers to rise up and become a power in the West before, and I’m not going to be fooled again until they actually show it on the ice. Clearly, Connor McDavid is something special and Milan Lucic is going to bring toughness, attitude and swagger to that group of players, but they still have to show massive improvement on defense, and in between the pipes. Perhaps this will be the year, but I’ll gladly be behind the curve

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TOP 100 OILERS: MIKE GRIER (49)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-29

Embed from Getty Images There isn’t a single player on this list of Top 100 Oilers who was more of a longshot to play 1,000 games in the NHL than Mike Grier, and there hasn’t been anybody who did it with more professionalism and class during his time in Edmonton than the guy teammates called Rosey, the Big Train from Detroit, did.

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Oilers need to play bigger, but not at the expense of speed

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-29

EDMONTON — Among the many ways the Edmonton Oilers found to lose games over the past couple decades, getting pushed out of games by bigger, stronger opponents was near the top of the Family Feud board. “And the survey says…! Too small!” So the moment Peter Chiarelli sat down in the general manager’s chair in Edmonton, the Bruin-ization of the Oilers began. In came Zack Kassian, then Patrick Maroon. On July 1, a seven-year deal for big Milan Lucic. Three big guys — but two of them had a reputation for being too big, if you know what we mean. So what does a team do about that? “You get guys like Patrick Maroon to lose 20 pounds. Get lighter and quicker,” said head coach Todd Mc

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Caggiula shines, special teams stink, Maroon hurt as Oilers fall to Canucks

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-29

Oilers 3, Canucks 5 The good, the bad, and the ugly, encapsulated in a single headline. Some poor hockey was on display in Vancouver on Wednesday, especially from the visiting Edmonton Oilers who stumbled and bumbled their way to a 5-3 defeat. The outcome can immediately be forgotten — Vancouver and Edmonton remain tied with 0 points — with the major concern being the health or otherwise of Patrick Maroon. The burly left winger, one of the better Oilers in this sloppy affair, left the game with a leg injury midway through the third period after an awkward hit from Vancouver’s James Sheppard. His status was unknown after the game, but it didn’t look good at all. What a

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Eberle-McDavid-Lucic line debuts in Oilers pre-season loss to Canucks

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2016-09-29

Erik Gudbranson scored in his debut for the Canucks in a 5-3 win. He spent much of his night facing down speedy Oilers phenom Connor McDavid, who made his pre-season debut after playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

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