Thoughts on the Oilers: Current state, Eyeballs first and Defence core

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-12-08

After 28 games, the Oilers are sitting 3rd in a weak Western conference, 1st in the Pacific, with a record of 14-10-4. They’ve outscored their opponents 55-49 at even-strength, a 52.88% goal-share that ranks them 8th the league. Their 55 goals ranks them 4th in the league, while their 49 goals against is the 7th highest. The Oilers currently have a 52.34% score and venue adjusted Corsi, which ranks them 9th in the league behind Boston, LA, Carolina, Washington, Florida, San Jose, St. Louis and Nashville (Natural Stat Trick). A team’s share of shots tends to remain consistent through a season as it’s influenced by the coaching staff’s tactics and player deployment, as

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I Didn’t Want to Write This But…

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-12-07

As we sit here on the morning of Wednesday, December the 7th and digest the fact that the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League are sitting in 1st place of the Pacific Division, a portion of the fan base still feels the need to bitch and whine and moan about one player. The funny thing is, now that some light has been shed on that player by some pretty smart hockey minds leading to a prominent hockey voice within the oilogosphere to head down the road of conspiracy theories in an attempt to justify his failed witch hunt upon one, Kris Russell. Now, before I get into this elongated diatribe, Russell has been hot garbage the last few games when paired up with Adam Larsson and that has

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After bouncing around Oilers lineup, Drake Caggiula on line with former schoolmate Connor McDavid

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-12-07

PHILADELPHIA — Drake Caggiula hasn’t been around long enough so the PA announcers can say his name without butchering it — its Ka-Jewel-Uh — but as long as he’s wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey (orange and blue or the retro WHA colours), the rookie forward doesn’t much care what they call him.

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Game Day: Edmonton Oilers at Philadelphia Flyers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-12-07

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Game Day: Edmonton Oilers at Philadelphia Flyers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

Edmonton Oilers (14-10-4) vs Phiadelphia Flyers (15-10-3) 5 p.m., SportsNet, 630 CHED Last Five Games Oilers (2-2-1) L 4-3 OT @Buffalo. L 2-1 vs Minnesota W 3-2 vs Anaheim. W 6-3 @ Winnipeg L 4-2 vs Toronto Flyers (5-0) W 3-2 OT vs Florida W 4-2 @ Nashville W 3-1 vs Chicago W 3-2 OT @ Ottawa W 3-2 SO vs Boston Who To Watch Oilers: C/winger Leon Draisaitl Draisaitl has 11 goals on the year and seven of them on the power play. Only Wayne Simmonds has more. His 11 goals have come in 61 shots, too, so he’s been economical and good. He’s also winning 51.8 of his face-offs, No. 1 of any regular Oilers player. Contrast that with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s winning 43.7 and Connor McDavid 43.1.

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Dillon Simpson may play first NHL game against Flyers in Philly

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

PHILADELPHIA — Craig Simpson’s boy Dillon might get his first NHL game here Thursday on the Edmonton Oilers’ blue-line, the same place that Kevin Lowe’s son Keegan got his NHL baptism with Carolina Hurricanes. With Mark Fayne hurting his groin in the second period in Buffalo, and Brandon Davidson skating but not ready yet as he rehabs his torn shoulder muscle, Simpson looks like he’ll get a shot. They also called up farmhand David Musil as a No. 7 guy for the Flyers’ game. The former Oilers winger Simpson was in Toronto for Hockey Night in Canada duties and hustled to Detroit Nov. 6 in case Dillon played with the Oilers blue-line hobbled, but Dillon didn’t play. It’

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Drake Caggiula now finds himself on line with old schoolmate Connor McDavid

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

Drake Caggiula hasn’t been around long enough so the PA announcers can say his name without butchering it — its Ka-Jewel-Uh — but as long as he’s wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey (orange and blue or the retro WHA colours), the rookie forward doesn’t much care what they call him. Except to say he’s a National Hockey Leaguer through his first 10 games. He’s been at centre, on left wing and, in Buffalo Tuesday, he was on Connor McDavid’s right side. Schoolmate to teammate to linemate, after coach Todd McLellan decided to move Leon Draisaitl back to centre (third-line) and called out Caggiula’s name in the second period. He wanted more speed and Caggiula couldn’t say thanks

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OILERS NO. 15 PROSPECT (winter 2016) AAPELI RASANEN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-12-07

Aapeli Rasanen has a lot of good arrows for an NHL prospect: Clear offensive ability and enough two-way acumen to make it as a role player if the offense doesn’t come with him to pro hockey. Why doesn’t he rank higher? Rasanen is the first potential Top 6F on this list who has average speed—and that is becoming a bigger drag on NHL futures with each passing year. This is kind of a sticky wicket though—because ‘average speed’ tends to cover a wide range of the spectrum. For now, we rank Rasanen later in the top 20, while also recognizing his skill puts him among the best forwards on this year’s list. PREVIOUSLY NO. 15 ON THE WINTER LIST December 2006: D Jeff

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Lane Bauer leading the way offensively for Oil Kings

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-12-07

Edmonton Oil Kings centre Lane Bauer has always possessed an instinctive ability around the net. This season, that ability has been more acute than past years with Bauer netting his 19th goal Monday in a 6-4 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Rogers Place. Only six players throughout the Western Hockey League have scored more goals than Bauer this season. “He’s a confident guy with the puck and he’s got a good knack for the net and he wants to be in offensive situations, but he also gives us a pretty sold 200-foot game,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “He hasn’t shied away from the challenge in that sense and it’s been a much-needed part of our offence that comes t

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OILERS RECALL MUSIL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-12-07

The Edmonton Oilers recalled David Musil today, as Mark Fayne heads back to IR. The parent club now possesses three Condors blue—Matt Benning, Dillon Simpson, and Musil. So far, only Benning has played (and played well), but that may change tomorrow night in Philadelphia. Musil has played in four NHL games, Simpson waits for his initial game. CONDORS DEFENSE, 2015-16 These are the major players from a year ago, interesting to note none of the group graduated fall 2016 to the NHL. Oesterle is injured, Reinhart just back from a back issue, and Simpson plus Musil are now in the NHL. Only the chaotic Laleggia remains in Bakersfield healthy and uncalled. These estimated TOI totals are via Eric

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