Connor McDavid Ready to be Next Captain of the Edmonton Oilers

Source: OilersNetwork
Date: 2016-07-28

"Will we have a captain? Yeah, we will," Todd McLellan said when interviewed at the Mark Spector Golf Classic. McLellan wouldn't reveal who that captain would be, but most believe Connor McDavid will be told in a matter of weeks the job is his. Undoubtedly, like we do, McDavid sees the writing on the wall.Photo by Connor MahWhen asked, McDavid noted he wasn't campaigning for the role, but admitted that being named the captain of the Edmonton Oilers would be "one the greatest honors." A Calder finalist, 48 points in 45 games and already established as a leader off the ice; if it comes to be, this would make McDavid the youngest player in NHL history to captain a team. That previous honor

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The Oilers’ 2016-17 Bottom Pairing: The Last Line of Defence

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-28

I know what you’re thinking: the Oilers blogosphere definitely needs another article about our defensive situation. But mostly, those articles have been focused on the addition of our new Swedish stud (yes, I’m calling him a stud already) Adam Larsson, and how the “upper echelons” of the d-core will look going forward. I don’t think there’s too much debate left about what our top-2 looks like next season. Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson should have no problem anchoring our back-end for many years to come. (Provided they both stay healthy, of course. #PrayForKlefbomsFoot.) Perhaps even the top-4 isn’t too hard to predict, either. Andrej Sekera’s numbers proved last season t

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Oilers Officiating Review – The Big Finale

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-28

Over the previous seven articles, I have detailed the officiating for the final seven Oilers games of the 2015-2016 season. Links to the previous articles are at the bottom of the page. Through this process I have tried to communicate my approach, relay the results that I collected, remove opportunities for bias, and propose some questions worth exploring. Disclaimer – I acknowledge and confirm that 7 games is an almost negligible window of data from which to draw any conclusions. I also realize that for many, this small a sample size would outright discredit the entire exercise. All that being said, I hope this will prove enough to at least act as a starting point, a sounding line so to s

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McLellan: Oilers ‘will have a captain’ on opening night

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-07-28

The Edmonton Oilers will have a captain on their opening night roster, according to head coach Todd McLellan. The veteran coach said as much to the media Wednesday at the Mark Spector Golf Classic. “Will we have a captain? Yeah, we will,” he said. Edmonton went without a captain for the 2015-16 season, with several players wearing the ‘A’ at different times including Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Matt Hendricks and Andrew Ference. Spector wrote about the likelihood of Connor McDavid being named captain in April when GM Peter Chiarelli told the media that “I would think so, that we would have a captain next year.” “[McDavid] was the leader

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How Wayne Simmonds is paying it forward at home

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-07-28

Legacy. It can be something you leave behind or something you benefit from. In Wayne Simmonds’ case, it’s both. Simmonds is a prime example of a hockey player lifted by his community to heights that allowed him to represent Canada and find success in the NHL. Now, the Philadelphia Flyers forward is calling on his friends and family to help him return the favour through Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors ball hockey tournament in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont. The annual event was inspired by a promise he made to his parents that he’d give back to the community if he ever made it big. The idea was originally started with childhood friend Brandon Sinclair who, like Simmonds, also benef

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Here. Now.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-28

To say it’s been a rough year for all-time great musicians would be like saying it’s been a rough decade for the Oilers – that’s putting it nicely. And while ‘all-time great’ still applies, one loss is local to Canada: Gord Downie is going to die. This is not a hockey article, but it is 100% Canadian. 

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Cult of Hockey: Does Ben Betker's ECHL label doom his chances as an NHL prospect?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-28

2016 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #25 Ben Betker Previously: #21 in 2015 2015-16 was a year of change for Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Ben Betker. In his third year in the organization, the massive defender transitioned from junior to the professional ranks. Already man-sized and then some at 6’6 and 228 pounds, he got his first opportunity to play in a men’s league, while coming fully under the Oilers’ control for the first time. From draft-and-follow to draft-and-develop. Betker immediately got caught up in a numbers game in the pros behind a significant number of young defenders, most of them left-shooters like himself. It was no surprise therefore that he found himself

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Tyler Pitlick: The Edmonton Oilers' Experiment

Source: OilersNetwork
Date: 2016-07-28

The Edmonton Oilers have seen their fair share of injuries. Yet of all the injuries sustained by Oiler players and prospects, none have seen more time away than 24-year-old prospect and on-the-verge NHLer Tyler Pitlick. Pitlick was signed to his third consecutive one-year contract this summer and because of how little he plays, it seems to have gone relatively unnoticed.Photo By Connor MahPitlick oozes the type of prospect characteristics every NHL franchise might want. He's feisty and likes to hit, he has speed and skill and he gives you his maximum effort every time he hits the ice. The problem is, Pitlick has the worst luck.  Since being drafted 31st overall in 2010, P

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Is the Writing on the Wall for Connor McDavid?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-07-27

When the Oilers signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a free agent contract in 2013, they promptly named him as captain, before he ever suited up in a regular season game for the team. They had the right idea in mind. Sign an experienced veteran, and give him the leadership mantle until one of the younger players are ready. No offence to Ference, but he was never going to be the right kind of veteran to take on that role. He had a lot of years under his belt, but hardly as a marquee player. The experiment failed miserably, as he was asked to relinquish the captaincy before the 2015-16 season began. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Who Will Be the Oilers Next Captain? Edmonton didn’t have

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Todd McLellan likes what he sees in defenceman Adam Larsson

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-07-27

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan is from the you’ve-gotta-give-to-get school, so as much as it stung badly to trade Taylor Hall a month ago, he knows they sorely needed an infusion of calmness on defence even if they didn’t retrieve a high-end puck-mover.

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