TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 4: IIRO PAKARINEN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-01

The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish tend to buy from Euro shelves at least once a summer (Belov, Joensuu, Grebs a year ago, this fellow in 2014). Steve Tambellini did it too—who can forget the Lennart Petrell era—and honestly it often doesn’t work out. A good rule of thumb on these things? If the Euro gets a second contract—this doesn’t apply to Lennart Petrell—then it’s a good deal. Elite Prospects: A large winger shooting from his right. An energetic player with good skating and a nice frame. Possesses a good sharp, wrist shot and is a solid finisher. A hard worker and versatile player who can also play as a defenceman. (Matias Strozyk, 2012) IIRO PAKARINE

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Justin Schultz Becoming More

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-01

#484062069 / gettyimages.com Jake Gardiner signed a nice deal with the Leafs this weekend. Five years at roughly four million a season. Not a crazy number for the Leafs to swallow. Gardiner has got some stability contract wise, something NHL players love to have. Now that the deal is done it is time to park it and look at how he can become more.

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If Montreal Canadiens bungle P.K. Subban talks, the Edmonton Oilers – and 28 other NHL teams – should pounce

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-01

P.K. Subban is an elite NHL defenceman. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner is just 25 years old, but without question is a top-10 NHL defenceman, and has a pretty good case as one of the five best rearguards in the majors. He went to an arbitration hearing with the Montreal Canadiens on August 1. Apparently things did not go well. Bob McKenzie, the most respected man covering the NHL, summarized thusly: P.K. Subban put it this way: Subban: “Decisions were made today in relations to both of our positions and ultimately we have to live with those decisions.” #Habs — Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 1, 2014 It’s worth noting that the team and the play can continue to negotiate until a

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We’re 17th!!!!

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-08-01

We’re 17th!!!!- The Hockey News is currently ranking the best logos in the NHL. Yesterday’s entry focussed on the 17th ranked logo which is owned by the Edmonton Oilers (the current logo, not the Todd McFarlane version). Say what you will about the state of The Hockey News, but I think they have the Oilers [...] The post We’re 17th!!!! appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Justin Schultz is going to cost the Edmonton Oilers a pretty penny

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-08-01

When the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Jake Gardiner agreed to five year extension, many an Oiler fan felt Craig MacTavish had a fair comparable to use in his negotiations with blueliner Justin Schultz. While both play a very similar style of game and have many of the same shortcomings, there is one massive difference between the two that simply cannot be ignored. That of course is the fact Schultz signed with the Oilers as a free agent.

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-01

Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week's roundup

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RE 14-15 MATT HENDRICKS: CAREY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-01

Matt Hendricks took on a tough job and performed well in the role. He’s a veteran player who can handle himself and play the game—that has value. Concerns over foot speed and salary cap hit remain, but the fact of it is this: Matt Hendricks filled a role for the Edmonton Oilers. MATT HENDRICKS 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.62 (13th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: nil Qual Comp: 10th toughest competition among regulars (third-fourth line) Qual Team: 12th best competition among regulars (fourth line) Corsi for 5×5 %: 40.8 Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -2.7 Zone Start: 16.2% (toughest on the team among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 49/6.1% (10th among F’s >45 or

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The Justin Schultz Deal

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-01

The end of July is here, and the Oilers still have one RFA remaining. Last year it was Sam Gagner who stayed unsigned until late in the month before agreeing to a three-year deal, while this year it is Justin Schultz who remains unsigned late into the hot summer months. The Oilers are a little over a month from camp, and just about done putting the finishing touches on a roster that should be improved and lead to some sort of move up the standings. Schultz, whether we like it or not, is going to be part of that team. With so many young defenders with the same level of experience and with the same skill-set signing deals, what can we expect the impending Schultz deal to look like? Let’s

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Will Acton On Line Four?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-01

This past season, Oiler fans were introduced to Will Acton, a long time Maple Leafs farmhand that joined his father, associate coach Keith Acton, and his former head coach, Dallas Eakins in Edmonton. Acton played in 30 games for the Oilers, his first 30 NHL contests, and recorded five points playing in mainly a fourth line role. The Oilers are still weak at center, and while ideally they play RNH on line one, Leon Draisaitl on line three, Boyd Gordon on line four and someone on line two (Arcobello or an add), that likely won’t happen. Edmonton will likely need to ride Boyd Gordon more than it intended coming into the off-season, and might need someone to take that fourth line center ro

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Big? Check. Nasty? Check. Talented? Ivy Leaguer John McCarron has a year to prove pro potential

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-01

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #26 John McCarron Two years have passed since the Edmonton Oilers spent a late draft choice on John McCarron, an economy-sized forward with Cornell University. Already 20 years old at the time of his draft, McCarron was nonetheless a clear case of draft-and-follow, as he still had three years to go at the Ivy League school. At 6’2, 225 pounds, he was already fully grown in one important respect, but his game still had a lot of growing to do. By one measure, McCarron has shown gradual improvement in the two years that have followed. He finished seventh in team scoring in his freshman year, fifth in his sophomore campaign, and tied for second in his junior

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2014 NHL Draft: USHL draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-08-01

Photo: Indiana Ice defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Joshua Jacobs was the first defender chosen from the USHL at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)   It came as little surprise that USHL prospects once again dotted the seven rounds of the NHL Draft last month in Philadelphia. A total of 16 players were taken from the United States’ top developmental league, with only one of them being a goalie. Of the remaining 15 players, 10 were forwards. Ironically, the Midwest archrivals Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues each selected three USHL players, more than any other team. Going first amongst them was Hockey’s Future’s number one USHL prosp

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2014 NHL Draft: OHL draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-08-01

Photo: The Calgary Flames made Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett the top forward chosen out of the OHL when they nabbed with the fourth pick overall at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)   The Ontario Hockey League is not shy about professing itself as the premier route to “The Show”. And with nearly 20 per cent of this year’s drafted players coming out of the OHL — including 10 first-rounders — it’s clear that the “O” is not planning to relinquish its crown.   In total, 41 OHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (26 forwards, 12 defensemen, and three goaltenders), with Aaron Ekblad earning first overall status after being ch

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