CHOOSE YOUR POISON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-29

Craig MacTavish has to find a goalie and chances are he’ll go with ‘expensive and proven’ as opposed to ‘Martin Jones’ during the summer procurement window. The list of possible goaltenders this year is pretty large, as wobbly G in Chicago and an emerging one in Detroit may mean the market is flush, plus a lot. There’s no earthly reason Edmonton should overpay for a goalie, which is different than saying they won’t overpay for a goalie.  THE CONTENDERS G Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota. A .935EV save percentage is incredible but he’s not coming here. I’d bet my house. G Craig Anderson, Ottawa. A .929EV save percentage would look glorious in Edm

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Animal House – Oilers Edition

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-29

All the attention in Canada right now is directed at the CHL playoffs, and rightfully so. That being said, there is another tournament going on, the NCAA tournament, that deserves some attention. No, I’m not talking about basketball, I’m talking about the road to the Frozen Four, which this year is in my backyard, Boston. This year more than ever there is an Oilers spin to this tournament, with multiple prospects, college UFA’s and potential picks being in action. Honestly, this might be the biggest NCAA tournament ever when it comes to the Oilers. Before we get into the players themselves, it’s worth noting that the team is keeping a close eye on these events. Oilers

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Jets activate Perreault from injured reserve

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-29

The Winnipeg Jets activated forward Mathieu Perreault from the injured reserve on Sunday ahead of their evening game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Perrault hasn’t played since he suffered a lower-body injury against the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 16. The 27-year-old has registered 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) in 56 games this season. Winnipeg Jets PR on Twitter The Jets currently hold the second Western Conference wild card, three points ahead of the Calgary Flames.

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HOW GOOD IS MATHEW BARZAL?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-29

Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Joey Laleggia takes advantage of chance to impress his future bosses

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-29

The big games are underway stateside in college hockey, where this weekend the Sweet Sixteen get whittled down to the Frozen Four over the course of four regional tournaments and a dozen sudden death games. Widely televised (by TSN) in Canada this year, the tourney is of special interest due to the participation of two elite draft prospects, along with a number of possible free agents and graduating seniors. Due diligence draws the eyeballs of NHL executives and scouts, to wit: Buccigross was part of the broadcast crew that called the game in question, a meeting between Hanifin’s Boston College Eagles and the Denver University Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. In the process he mentione

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LEON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-29

During training camp fall 2014, Edmonton Oilers’ management were clearly thrilled with the size of their young centers: Leon Draisaitl, Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira. The idea of triple towers with skill and speed has to appeal to Edmonton when projecting the team for next season. The development spike for both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Anton Lander is a major item for the 2015-16 team and of course there’s big Dylan Strome hovering in the distance as a possibility for seasons later this decade. The general consensus among Oilers fans has the club signing Derek Roy (or perhaps a more capable, complete veteran) and that makes a lot of sense. It would allow the team to bring Leon alo

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Five things to watch for as the Oil Kings host the Wheat Kings

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-29

Two games into their best-of-seven series, the two Kings of the Western Hockey League are trading punches. The Edmonton Oil Kings got it going with their surprising 4-1 win on Thursday night over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Set on avenging their embarrassing at-home loss on Friday, the Wheat Kings struck back in a big way, trouncing the Oil Kings 8-1.

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Richard Bachman the big little goalie for Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-29

Richard Bachman is a small man trying to make it in a big man’s position.

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Canadiens top Panthers to clinch playoff berth

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-29

MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth. Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (47-21-8) in regulation time and Carey Price stopped 21 shots for his 41st win of the season. Aleksander Barkov had a pair of goals for the Panthers (34-26-15), while Roberto Luongo made 21 saves in defeat. After a scoreless third period, Pacioretty scored the overtime winner on the power play just seconds after Florida’s Vincent Trocheck took a penalty for high sticking. The Habs have now clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive year. The team has appea

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Taylor Hall's return gives Edmonton Oilers more options

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-29

The return of Taylor Hall, combined with the emergence of Andrew Miller and new found confidence of Anton Lander, have given the Edmonton Oilers options.

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Oilers’ farmhand Miller joins an exclusive penalty shot club

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-28

Andrew Miller will always be able to say he’s done something Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson didn’t. His first Edmonton Oilers’ goal on a penalty shot.

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Vertically-challenged goaltender Bachman talks inches after his shutout feat

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-28

Edmonton Oilers’ backup Richard Bachman was talking inches after his feat Friday when the vertically-challenged goalie picked up his second-career NHL shutout. Yeah, he wishes he was a highrise like Devan Dubnyk at 6 feet 5 inches or Ben Bishop at 6 feet 7 inches.

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