First close look at Connor McDavid: the Bobby Orr comparison is apt

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-21

OHL coach Dale Hawerchuk, an NHL offensive dynamo of the 1980s who now coaches the Barrie Colts, has said that phenom Connor McDavid skates like Bobby Orr, sees the ice like Wayne Gretzky, and handles the puck like Mario Lemieux. So even though McDavid is just 18 years old it’s safe to say he’s now heard it all when it comes to high praise. The crazy thing is McDavid may one day live up to the hype. He’s that good. My strong first impression of him, haven taken a much closer look at him now, is that the Bobby Orr comparison is particularly apt. Put Bobby Orr at centre and you might well have a player like McDavid. Connor McDavid pulls off a between the legs, behind the back

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Wretched Blue Line Leaving Penguins with Little Hope vs. Rangers in Round 1

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-04-21

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on track to lose their first-round series against the New York Rangers. There’s still time to turn things around, but the Penguins’ loss in Game 3 is troubling because it throws the difficulties facing Pittsburgh into sharp relief. The problem isn’t Sidney Crosby, and it isn’t Evgeni Malkin, though both star centers are likely to catch lots of fire if Pittsburgh bows out of the postseason early yet again. Whether losses are actually their fault or not, the best players on a team always seem to take the blame for them due to the crackpot theory that the really great players can single-handedly drag 19 teammates past the opposition regardless

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Wayne Gretzky on Connor McDavid: “He’s the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years”

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-21

Is Connor McDavid the Second Coming of Wayne Gretzky? Edmonton Oilers fans are wondering that after the National Hockey League club won the draft lottery on Saturday, which gives them the right to select McDavid — the wondrous 18-year-old centre who racked up 44 goals and 120 points in a mere 47 games for his junior Erie Otters team — in June’s entry draft.

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Now ex-San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan says he’d coach anywhere

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-21

Todd McLellan, the second fastest National Hockey League coach to reach 300 wins, is looking for work after mutually parting ways with the San Jose Sharks Monday after seven years. And yes, he’s well aware that phenom centre Connor McDavid will join the Edmonton Oilers — winners of Saturday’s NHL draft lottery — at the entry draft in June.

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Nicholson Oilers Boss of Everything

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-21

Bob Nicholson has been named the Boss of Everything in the world of the Edmonton Oilers. OK. ‘Boss of Everything’ might not be the exact wording on his new business card. That will read:

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2015 NHL Mock Draft: Post-Lottery, First-Round Projections

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-04-21

The NHL draft lottery is complete and now that the shocking winner—the Edmonton Oilers—have secured the No. 1 overall selection, we can begin to piece together a very deep draft, based on opportunity and need. The top of the draft features two franchise cornerstones, but the quality reaches well past 30 names, ensuring every team with a pick will walk away from Day 1 of the draft with a splendid piece of the future. The Oilers were the big winners, but the Buffalo Sabres—despite losing the lottery—are clearly in a good spot, based on their slotting as the No. 2 team on the draft board. This mock draft is based on a combination of best player available and need by spec

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A TURN NORTH?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-20

For the first time since the Katz ownership regime began, there appears to be actual movement in the corridors of power. In the hours after the shocking lottery win, Bob Nicholson has been named the de facto capo di tutti capi of the Edmonton Oilers. Four days ago: Bob Nicholson Not Finished Forensic Audit of Oilers. Today: Bob Nicholson Named CEO, Takes Control Of Hockey Ops. Good timing — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) April 20, 2015 The Oilers under Daryl Katz have been a galling organization. He’s a very successful businessman who is also a tremendous Oilers fan—these things should bode well for success! The venture has been lucrative off the ice, Oilers fans still buy tick

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Who is the right fit as the next coach of the Edmonton Oilers?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-04-20

With the wide variety in coaches that could be available, who is the right fit as the next coach of the Edmonton Oilers? CONNOR MCDAVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, now that I have that out of my system let's get down to the real question. Who is the right fit as the next coach of the Edmonton Oilers? There is absolutely no doubt that McDavid brings a lot of swing as who is the next coach. Especially when you look at the players he will be playing with in Edmonton in the great years ahead. Todd Nelson has undoubtedly done good enough of a job to be able to continue as the Oilers next head coach. He came in midseason to a roster filled with familiar faces from the OKC Barons and afte

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Monday Musings: McDavid

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-20

What a weekend for Oilersnation. It was a wonderful surprise. The Oilers continued their dominance in the lottery. In 2010, they had a 25% of winning the lottery and won.In 2011, they had a 48.3% or retaining the pick, and they did after #8 New Jersey won, but could only move up to #4.In 2012, they had a 18.8% chance of winning and they moved up from #2 to #1.On Saturday they only had an 11.5% chance, but lady luck was once again on their side, and this time they moved up from #3 to #1 and won the opportunity to draft phenom Connor McDavid.Oilers fans rejoiced. You yelled out loud. You fist pumped. You high-fived everyone and you celebrated like it was 2006 all over again. And you should h

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Turning Oilers Into Contenders in 7 Steps

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-20

The Edmonton Oilers literally won a lottery on the weekend. That, of course, being the NHL draft lottery — better known as the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. This, as Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish termed it, is a “game-changer for the franchise.” It also, undoubtedly, changes the way MacTavish must approach this off-season. In his year-end state of the union address just a few weeks ago, MacTavish wasn’t promising any “bold” moves and instead tempered expectations by projecting another “development” year ahead, with the plan to stay the course and continue building around Edmonton’s young core — already featuring a trio of former No. 1 picks in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nug

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Bob Nicholson: It's All About What He Didn't Say

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-20

On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers unveiled former Hockey Canada head Bob Nicholson as the new CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group. Nicholson left no room for doubt as to his authority, telling assembled media that everyone in the organization now reports to him.Less clear was precisely what he plans to do with his new authority. 

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Terry Jones: The Oilers will not screw up the development of Connor McDavid

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-20

If you think the Edmonton Oilers just added another kid they can screw up in development, as a significant percentage of the haters want you to believe, think again.

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