PURE AND EASY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-01

The Edmonton Oilers have a significant shopping list this summer and we have spent most of the first month postseason making a wish list. My list is here. Now that we know the lottery slotting, we can begin to talk about how to pay for the incoming. OILERS CURRENT NHL ROSTER My estimates have Edmonton with over $6 million in cap room and I am assuming some signings and all of the bonus money being won by McDavid, Draisaitl and Nurse. Please let me know of any changes. CHIARELLI SUMMER LIST Top-pairing D to partner with Klefbom (think Travis Hamonic/Jason Demers) Second-pairing RHD to partner with Sekera (think Tyson Barrie/Sami Vatanen) Acquire RHC with some skill (Small group available. T

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Talking Draft Lottery and Oilers with AIH 20416 (Podcast)

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-05-01

I joined Alan and Phil from Arctic Ice Hockey to talk draft lottery results and the game plan for the Oilers this summer. Full clip is here, starting around the 27:15 mark. But definitely worth listening to the whole  podcast which features some great writers from across  other blogs.  

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Bettman talks lottery, Canadian teams, parity

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-01

The NHL Draft Lottery, which awarded the Toronto Maple Leafs the first pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was a success according to Gary Bettman. The NHL commissioner spoke with Gene Principe in Dallas on Sunday and made sure to note that the league was not looking for any particular outcome, no matter how appealing one might be. “As long as it goes through and does what it’s supposed to without a glitch I’m happy,” said Bettman. “Obviously, we don’t root (for a team to win), it is what it is.” While this year’s format gave all non-playoff teams a chance to move into the top three, it was the last-place Leafs that made good on their 20 per cent odds of winning.

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ONTARIO LEAGUE BLUE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-01

The Ontario League (OHL) has an enormous crop of draft-eligible players ready to be selected by NHL teams in the 2016 draft. The league that has supplied legends from Orr to Gretzky to Lindros to McDavid will not produce the top pick, the second pick or (likely) the third pick. After that? Look out.

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Future Watch: Dylan Strome is primed to become the No. 1 center Arizona desperately needs

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-01

The Strome family has a tradition. Three sons have been drafted into the OHL over the years, and a couple nights before each one has left home, the family has thrown a big party featuring all their relatives. The son who was leaving would give a speech, and things would get misty. OK, fine. There were full-on waterworks. Ryan is the eldest and currently a member of the New York Islanders. Matthew is the youngest and just gave his speech last summer before departing the family home in Mississauga for Hamilton. And in the middle is Dylan, an Arizona Coyotes draft pick who has been tearing up the OHL as a member of the high-flying Erie Otters for nearly three seasons. “We thank everyone for t

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Canucks will have plenty of promising options with pick No. 5

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-01

You don’t really lose a lottery. It’s not a competitive enterprise; no one has any control over the outcome. Either your number comes up and you win it, or it doesn’t and you don’t. On Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t win the NHL draft lottery for the first overall pick. They didn’t win the lottery for the second overall pick either, or the third. The Canucks ended up with the fifth overall pick, which was always their most likely draft slot based on their finish. For even the league’s most tortured fan base — and Canucks fans can make a compelling case — falling two slots down the draft order is tough to swallow. VIDEO: Fans sigh in disbelief as @VanCanucks wi

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So You’ve Got A Bunch of Prospects

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-01

The Oilers have a lot of prospects; they need to do something smart with what they have. With the NHL Entry draft coming up in the next couple months, most teams are doing one of a variety of things. They’re either busy playing for the Stanley Cup, which means they’re not thinking about next year, looking at what’s available, or looking at what they have. As important as scouting the draft class is an accurate assessment of what a team already has in their cupboards. In other words: prospects. Every team has them; they’re part of the landscape of the NHL. Most NHL players will spend some time as a prospect – exceptions to this rule are notable because they’re seen as a

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Auston Matthews is the center you build a Stanley Cup contender around

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-01

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been attempting to rebuild the right way under the Brendan Shanahan/Lou Lamoriello/Mike Babcock regime and in winning Saturday night’s draft lottery, the most important piece has become available to them. In Auston Matthews, Toronto can draft the No. 1 center they so desperately need. The same could have been said for Columbus (who will pick third), but the Leafs won the prize this time. The NHL and the Stanley Cup is won down the middle. Look at the past three franchises to win the ultimate prize and you will see the proof: Chicago had Jonathan Toews, Los Angeles had Anze Kopitar and Boston had Patrice Bergeron (backed by 1B David Krejci). Look at the tea

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HERE COMES SUMMER!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-01

The excitement of the draft lottery has passed, and now we can discuss the offseason with all of the pieces in place. The drop (by two spots) will have a major impact on Peter Chiarelli’s discussions, because the draft pick has less value. Peter Chiarelli: “What’s exciting with the second tier is that there’s a lot of defencemen and there’s a lot of good-sized forwards. Those are two needs we’re looking at so we’re going to look a little more closely. If we keep the pick or we move it and get another pick, there’s still a lot of those good players that are big or are defenders.” Source We know the list of forwards and defense well—F’s Dubois, Tkachuk, possibly

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13 fun things we learned on NHL Draft Lottery night

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-01

TORONTO — There was dancing in Toronto, smiling in Winnipeg, and cursing in Calgary. Fresh for 2016, all three top draft spots were up in the air, which created plenty of tension among 14 fan bases. In honour of the lucky final lottery ball, here are 13 things we learned on NHL Draft Lottery night. 1. Good things can happen to Toronto sports in April Yes, the much-hyped Blue Jays lost again (fourth place in the American League East) and the Raptors… ugh. But the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs won the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft Saturday night. “The whole city needed a win at some point,” said president Brendan Shanahan, who didn’t bring his lucky shamrock

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