NHL Power Rankings: Grading all 30 GMs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-05

Let’s be clear: It is completely irresponsible to judge the winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline before we find out who those anonymous draft picks (the currency of the day!) develop into; before we see how much a rental player actually contributes to a playoff run (are we talking Marian Gaborik or Thomas Vanek?); before we see who gets injured; and before we know for certain if the renter even qualifies for the post-season (pressure’s on, Dale Tallon and Dean Lombardi). Let us also be clear about this: It is still fun to pick trade winners and losers and evaluate how well general managers are doing at their jobs. So, how did your favourite team’s GM handle trade de

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Oilers Quietly Developing Daunting Defenders

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-03-05

For what has seemed like an eternity, the Edmonton Oilers have iced players of insufficient skill and capability on their blue line. Gone are the glory days of old which featured solid defensemen such as Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid, who have over time since been replaced by duds such as Anton Belov, Corey Potter and Mark Fistric. In the present day, the composition of the Oilers blue line remains largely similar to that of years past; a jumbled combination of young and old, experience and immaturity and offensive and defensive defenders who have failed to have combined success season after season. However, despite what many in the hockey world may be awar

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Pre and Post Pronger

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-03-05

Chris Pronger A little while back, I put together a piece on the Oilers 2005-2006 regular season. Even though they finished 8th that year, they played some excellent hockey. If not for some weak goaltending during the regular season, they would’ve finished much higher and the playoff run should not have come as a surprise. The LA Kings of 2012 were very similar, in that they barely made the playoffs, but had some excellent underlying numbers. Of course, they went on to win the cup, something the Oilers can only dream about at this point, but I digress. The Oilers missed the playoffs the season before Pronger arrived, and had been a  bubble team in the years prior. And of course after Pron

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The one thing that Oilers GM Craig MacTavish nailed: Yakupov is taking off as a two-way player

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-05

There’s not a lot of things that Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said this past week in his various media scrums and statements to in-house reporters like Chris Wescott and Bob Stauffer that really resonated as being the unvarnished truth. When MacTavish talked about the team relying on Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Fayne as the top four d-men next year, I shuddered. When he mentioned he had decided that the team’s top d-man for years, Jeff Petry, wasn’t worth a long-term contract last July, I sighed. When he said that the Oilers were about to turn the corner and there was some irrefutable evidence of improvement, I wondered what on earth was he talking a

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HOW GOOD IS IVAN PROVOROV?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-05

In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.

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Oilers challenged to find consistency for rest of season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-05

The mission, should the players choose to accept it, will be to finally embrace the concept of consistency. Or so went the challenge dropped at the skates of the Edmonton Oilers by head coach Todd Nelson on Wednesday.

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Oilers winger Nail Yakupov sees offence revived with centre Derek Roy, head coach Todd Nelson

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-05

There were times in the last 18 months when Nail Yakupov didn’t even want to come to the rink.

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5 Moves the Washington Capitals Should Have Made at the Trade Deadline

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-03-05

Brian MacLellan's first NHL trade deadline at the helm in Washington has come and gone, and as was the case during free agency, the first-year general manager made a splash.  While he didn't land a star by any means, MacLellan did manage to get one of the better two-way wingers on the market in Curtis Glencross, as well as a more imposing defensive partner for Mike Green in Tim Gleason.  It cost him a combined haul of Washington's second, third and fourth picks in 2015 and veteran rearguard Jack Hillen, but MacLellan clearly believes his club is capable of doing damage in the Eastern Conference this spring.  But whether Glencross and Gleason prove to be impact players remains

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Oilers Rig Radio Podcast 2/4/15

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-05

We’re back! The Oilers Rig Radio Podcast gets back into the studio to recap the 2015 NHL deadline! We open the show with a half-hour dedicated to the big moves from around the NHL, including the Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski trades. Nick Lovett of BeantownBears joins the show to talk about the moves Boston made, while also talking about the big moves from the deadline. Jackie Dawson and Dave Gordon also join me in this episode, as all four of us discuss our winners, losers, and new Stanley Cup favorites. In the second half of the show, we talk about Edmonton’s trade of D Jeff Petry to Montreal, Craig MacTavish’s post-deadline press conference, and the

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TOP 20 PROSPECTS UPDATE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-05

It’s been a very interesting winter for Edmonton Oilers prospects. Our look at the Top 20 prospects began November 8 and the arrows have been flying everywhere since that day. Let’s have a look to see who is moving up and down. C Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets. The big center struggled after his ranking (23GP, 1-4-5 after I wrote about him) but found the range in junior (39 points in 24 games). The organization is talking in terms of AHL time, I don’t buy it. If they draft Strome, it’s more likely he returns to junior and Draisaitl is 2C NHL. Up arrows after a down start. D Darnell Nurse, SSM Greyhounds. A big Christmas for Nurse, who delivered quality play for Cana

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Video: Future of Oilers coaching: Should head man be Todd Nelson or another, more experienced voice?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-05

Edmonton Journal hockey writer Joanne Ireland and sports columnist John MacKinnon talk about what the Edmonton Oilers are mulling over when it comes to the future of the head coaching position with the NHL club, and whether it would include interim bench boss Todd Nelson.

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Video: Future of Oilers coaching: Should head man be Todd Nelson or another, more experienced voice?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-04

Edmonton Journal hockey writer Joanne Ireland and sports columnist John MacKinnon talk about what the Edmonton Oilers are mulling over when it comes to the future of the head coaching position with the NHL club, and whether it would include interim bench boss Todd Nelson.

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