Oilers Rookie Tournament Recap

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-16

The Oilers concluded their 2014 youngstars tournament today with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The Oilers ended the tournament with a 2-0-1 record, beating Vancouver and Calgary on the first two nights of the tournament. Wins and losses in this tournament don’t matter, but it’s still good to see the Oilers winning hockey games. Their victory over Vancouver was a solid team win, while their win over Calgary was a result of the special teams. Edmonton arguably played their best game against the Jets, but weak goaltending ended up being the problem for the team. Even though they out-shot Winnipeg by a wide margin, they still couldn’t close the deal. The most import

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Oilers Young Stars Game Two: Battle of Alberta

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-16

    Oilers PK flattens to 1-3 formation. Craig (90, right) to close lane if he gets middle lane containment from forward. Weak-side forward is loose, but Flames line change leaves him without a job at the moment. The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box. The rivalry feeling started before puck drop with the heathens from the south (people from Calgary can't view this site, right?) yelling "Oilers Suck!" during the anthem and making the singer laugh. But when Travis Ewanyk tried to take BIll Arnold's head off early in the first, things became heated. The rest

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Oilers still don't have a second-line centre going into camp, but Leon Draisaitl already ticking a few boxes

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-16

Not being sure who your second-line centre is less than a month before the season is kind of like a pilot not being sure if his landing gear works an hour before touchdown.

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Are Arizona Coyotes Rookies Ready for the NHL?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-16

By quick glance, there could be as many as four roster spots open for the Arizona Coyotes this fall.Because defenseman Derek Morris was not extended a contract for the 2014-15 season, one opening includes a spot on the blue line. While internal candidates like Connor Murphy, Chris Summers and Brandon Gormley will likely be considered for that vacancy, additional forward positions are also up for grabs.With the usual array of hopefuls on hand, the Coyotes opened the rookie portion of training camp amid hope and expectation. Yet the road to The Show is littered with a plethora of candidates all pointed in the same direction.When the Coyotes commenced camp last Saturday, this merely represented

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Cult of Hockey: Can Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins find the right mix to avoid 2013-14 debacle?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-15

Will head coach Dallas Eakins push the right buttons to avoid another Edmonton Oilers fiasco in 2014-15? Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish certainly thinks the team will be better.

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Marco Roy earning reputation as useful, utility player

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-15

Marco Roy could play in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons this season if the parent Edmonton Oilers choose to sign him and eat up one of their 50-man reserve list spots. But the 56th player taken in the 2013 draft will likely be on the Patrick Roy-owned junior Quebec Remparts — and guaranteed of being in the Memorial Cup, as the Remparts are the tournament host in May.

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Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish likes what he sees at Penticton tournament

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-15

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish wasn’t grading his prospects at the Young Stars tournament as he examined his kids through three games, but when he was talking about tryout Russian winger Vladimir Tkachev, it sounded like the tiny forward deserved an ‘A’ from his boss.

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LEON AND DARNELL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-15

The final game for the Oilers in Penticton went this afternoon, and there was a lot on display. The Oilers finished the tournament 2-0-1, miles better than 0-3 one year ago. Leon Draisaitl looked tremendous, Darnell Nurse looked ready to wrestle a caribou. Here’s what I saw today. FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD IMPRESSIONS Mitch Holmberg: Scored a goal (his only point in three games) and had 5 shots on net. I come away from the tournament a little higher on Winquist, who for me was more noticeable at 5×5. Suspect he makes it in OKC with power-play ability, not 5×5 acumen. Marco Roy: Looked good again today, although one of the assists awarded Roy belonged to Kale Kessy. 3GP, 0-4-4

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Leon Draisaitl the Edmonton Oilers' man among boys in final rookie tournament clash

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-15

By his own figuring, Neon Leon Draisaitl was a pale imitation of his marquee self in his first Young Stars’ prospect tournament game against the Vancouver Canucks’ rookies Friday, but the Edmonton Oilers’ third-overall pick in June’s national Hockey League draft put on a show Monday against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Game notes from Oilers rookie game #3: Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers bests Leon Draisaitl in battle of hotshots

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-15

Edmonton Oilers rookies were in great position to finish the Young Stars tournament in Penticton in undefeated fashion, but couldn’t hold a two-goal third period lead vs. Winnpeg Jets wannabes, and eventually fell 5-4 in the shootout. The young Oilers nonetheless finished the four-team round robin in first place with a 2-0-1 record after going winless in this same event in 2013. The Oilers had a strong second period in which they scored all four of their goals, but failed to find the range in the third while goalie Frans Tuohimaa was beaten twice in jut four shots, a pair of wicked drives by Jets first-round draft pick Nik Ehlers, who later scored the clincher in the shootout. Edmonton

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Oilers Set to Open 2014 Training Camp

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-09-15

The Edmonton Oilers are set to kick off their 2014 Training Camp on Thursday, September 18th at Rexall Place. In addition to the prospects continuing on from Oilers Rookie Camp, 38 players are scheduled to report to Rexall Place on Thursday, Se...

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Complete notes from Edmonton Oilers’ rookie game No. 3: Draisaitl the best Oiler, but upstaged by Nikolaj Ehlers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-15

Part of the process of zeroing in on everyone in an Oilers’ jersey is a necessary lightening of awareness of the individuals behind specific plays by the opposition, in the case the Winnipeg Jets young stars. Even so, it was impossible to ignore Nikolaj Ehlers, who was far and away the best player on the ice and put up perhaps the single most-dominant game of any player in this tournament in a 5-4 win where he and goaltender Eric Comrie at times seemed like the only guys who could handle Edmonton. He scored twice in regulation, added an assist and then potted another in the shootout. On the Oilers’ side, Leon Draisaitl was clearly the most dominant player on the team, looking like a comp

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