Jason Gregor: Taylor Hall deserves spot on Canada's World Cup of Hockey roster

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

The remaining seven roster spots for the teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey will be announced this Friday. Canada needs to name three defencemen and four forwards. Oilers winger Taylor Hall should be one of those forwards. Forwards Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos and Jeff Carter have already been named to the team. Benn is the only one who has played predominantly on the wing the past few seasons. Stamkos prefers centre, but he has played a lot on the wing but right now the Canadian roster lacks pure wingers. I spoke to Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong in March when the first 16 playe

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Sharks’ veterans eager to rewrite playoff narrative

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-24

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Every one of us has had our San Jose moment. The time you went all-in on Sharks in your pool, and watched them blow a 3-0 series lead to the Kings. Or personally, the several times I picked them to come out of the West, then went on the radio and/or television doling out all that Sharks wisdom — like a dummy. But somehow, as much as this has been a model franchise, it’s 2016 now, and people aren’t into details anymore. So when a team like Washington continually fails, they become “the San Jose Sharks of the East.” As if the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t kill to have had as much playoff success as Joe Thornton’s team. Today, nobody picks the Sharks to

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TOP NINE LEAGUE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-24

Earlier today, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post had an excellent quote from Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan: “You know, we’ve talked about it: It’s turned into a top-nine league. I don’t know that we had a pure top nine. Maybe we had a top eight or a top seven-and-a-half or however you want to value that, but I think we were a little short on the top nine. I think you need two-way guys, guys who can play both ways. Ideally for us, I think we need some offense out of it.” Source This is a really insightful passage. As you know, I have been rambling on forever about adding a Pisani—and the Capitals GM feels his team needs that guy, too. The top-nine league is

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Adding Size on the Cheap

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-24

Peter Chiarelli’s first season at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers has had mixed results, but one of his real strengths has been his ability to add what we might call “functional toughness” on the cheap. There is a premium on size and grit in the NHL, and on Tuesday Chiarelli’s old team underlined that point with an outrageous contract extension for physical depth defenceman Kevan Miller.  Chiarelli clearly values size, but so far he’s managed to add that element smartly, thanks to some judicious bargain-bin shopping.

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Cult of Hockey: Scouting report — Oilers' draft option Matthew Tkachuk impressive in first-hand look

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

Of course, the above headline could pretty much be applied to all 20 members of the London Knights, who tortured and dismembered the Brandon Wheat Kings to the tune of 9-1 in Tuesday night’s Memorial Cup game in Red Deer. Presented with the opportunity to observe a couple of draft prospects who rank somewhere close to the Edmonton Oilers’ #4 overall draft pick, I chose this game to see in person, my first-ever live Memorial Cup game after 45 years of following the event annually. A battle between the OHL champs and WHL champs, should be a good match-up, no? Having seen the Wheat Kings win 6 out of 6 playoff games vs. the Oil Kings in Edmonton the last two years as they rose to th

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Cult of Hockey: Former Edmonton Oilers' first-rounder Rob Schremp returns to Europe

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

Edmonton has never really forgotten Rob Schremp, the colourful and controversial centre who started his professional career in the Oilers organization after being selected in the first round of the 2004 Draft by the team. Unfortunately for anyone hoping to see the flashy forward make a late return to the major leagues, his time in North America has come to an end. Former @PortlandPirates F Rob Schremp has signed a 1-year deal in the NLA with Langnau. https://t.co/MoJVri7ZXJ — Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) May 24, 2016 Schremp returned to his home continent this past fall after a four-season sojourn overseas. Initially on a tryout deal with the Florida Panthers organization, in October S

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Speaking Of... Connor McDavid: International Stud

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-24

A photo posted by Connor Mcdavid (@mcdavid97) on May 23, 2016 at 8:02am PDT With Canada's back-to-back gold medals at the World Hockey Championships this year, Connor McDavid has become the youngest player in the history of the universe at 19, to win a World Championships gold medal, a World Junior gold medal, and a U18 gold medal. He becomes just the fourth ever to win all three.

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The Oilers First Round Pick and Getting Better in a "Relatively Short Period of Time"

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-24

Peter Chiarelli talks about trading the team's first round pick. Is it likely to happen? I did some quick, back of napkin calculations this morning and determined that with the NHL entry draft still a full month away I should still be able to read 93 more stories, listen to another 126 hours of talk radio, and come across 11,546 tweets all dedicated to what the Oilers will/should do with their first round pick, the fourth overall selection. As much as the endless speculation is overkill, it's also completely understandable. The Oilers have been a bad team for a long time and patience with the team's never ending rebuild is wearing thin. Simply put, people are tired of losing and they s

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Cult of Hockey: Does the Bruins’ signing of Kevan Miller set the market for Oilers’ D Eric Gryba?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

On Tuesday, the Boston Bruins signed an extension with defenceman Kevan Miller. Miller, a big, right-shooting stay-at-home rearguard, had been eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer. His situation is not dissimilar from that of current Edmonton Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba, and may offer some insight into the kind of contract Gryba himself can secure on July 1. Bruins beat reporter DJ Bean broke the news: Bruins and Kevan Miller agree to four-year, $10 million deal, per agent Peter Fish. — DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) May 24, 2016 The four-year, $2.5 million AAV contract isn’t exactly unprecedented, coming as it does less than a calendar year after Boston gave Adam McQuaid—another ri

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Tuesday Tidbits: World Cup rosters, goalies and The Hip

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-24

There will be plenty of water cooler debate this week as the eight teams in the World Cup of Hockey will announce their final seven roster spots on Friday.Four Oilers are already on teams. Connor McDavid will play for North America (U24), Andrej Sekera and Leon Draisaitl are on Team Europe, while Lauri Korpikoski will skate for Finland.Will Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be on team Canada and North America?

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