Cult of Hockey: RNH had a mysteriously disappointing season for Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

2015-16 Edmonton Oilers in review: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins One year ago, at the wrap of our annual season-in-review series just like this one, we at the Cult of Hockey surveyed the wreckage of yet another lost Edmonton Oilers’ season in search of a silver lining somewhere, anywhere, in the line-up. This was our conclusion: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stood out this past season as the obvious team MVP. The youngster who turned 22 the day after the season ended continued his emergence as a two-way force, adding a finishing touch to his broad repertoire of skills as he led the team with 24 goals. Four years out from his draft year — where he was taken first overall by the Oilers in 2011 —

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Memorial Cup: Wheat Kings dethroned in "disappointing" loss to the Knights

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-24

Lead by a Christian Dvorak hattrick, the London Knights toyed with the Brandon Wheat Kings and took them down in dominant fashion 9-1. This tournament has been one that has started the same every game. The WHL team comes out playing throwing the body around early, but that didn't get the team very far. After taking an early penalty, the Wheat Kings found themselves killing a penalty with the Knights top line on the ice. They made no mistake, when Mitch Marner send a feed to Matthew Tkachuk, which quickly was sent to Christian Dvorak in front of the net. Like he has all year, Dvorak made no mistake in scoring. "All four lines were good tonight, we used our speed and we scored some goal

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San Jose Sharks' Veteran Core Climbs to New Level Against Blues in WCF

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-05-24

With a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, the San Jose Sharks progressed deeper into the playoffs than any previous edition of the team. This is the Sharks' fourth trip to the Western Conference Final, but it's the first time San Jose has won more than two games. The previous high-water mark for the franchise came in 2004, when it lost in six games to the Calgary Flames. The interesting thing about this version of the Sharks isn't the way it differs from previous iterations. Rather, it is the similarities of the 2015-16 team to past incarnations that make it so compelling. Monday's game provided a good example. The opening goal was credited to defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, a

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Sekera and Fayne

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-05-24

Since last summer, the Oilers have struggled to carve out a solid defence core that contained a balance of skill, size and experience. And heading into the draft and free agency, it’s become apparent to everyone that the OIlers will likely be making a move or two to enhance the blue line and hopefully push for a playoff spot this upcoming season. One thing that has become lost in the discussion is the effectiveness of the Sekera-Fayne pairing this past season and why maintaining that tandem is critical for the Oilers. Sekera and Fayne played over 600 minutes together in 2015/16, the most among all pairings in Edmonton, and averaged over 23% of the team’s total ice time at even-st

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Chiarelli hopes to improve Oilers in a ‘short period of time’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-23

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Monday, taking in the action between the London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings. During the second intermission, he stopped by Sportsnet’s panel of Jeff Marek, Todd Warriner and Damien Cox where he was asked about his plans for his team’s first pick (fourth overall) at the upcoming NHL Draft. “I’m looking at all options. We’ve got to improve now but there’s some pretty good future players out here and elsewhere,” said Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of chatter going on right now and we’ve got a month and a half to go, so we’ll see what happens, but I have to listen to ev

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Chiarelli hopes to improve Oilers in a ‘short period of time’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-23

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Monday, taking in the action between the London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings. During the second intermission, he stopped by Sportsnet’s panel of Jeff Marek, Todd Warriner and Damien Cox where he was asked about his plans for his team’s first pick (fourth overall) at the upcoming NHL Draft. “I’m looking at all options. We’ve got to improve now but there’s some pretty good future players out here and elsewhere,” said Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of chatter going on right now and we’ve got a month and a half to go, so we’ll see what happens, but I have to listen to ev

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Cult of Hockey: the deleterious impact of hard minutes on Schultz, Klefbom, Marincin & Nurse

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-23

What happens when you play a defenceman two or three two slots too high in the line-up?  The spotty careers of Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin with the Edmonton Oilers are what happens. And since the same dynamic repeated itself this year with Darnell Nurse getting both too many minutes and far too many difficult minutes with the Edmonton Oilers, a closer examination of the syndrome is prudent in order. Of course, Nurse and Schultz, the main point of comparison here, are entirely different players, one a fierce intimidator with great defensive tools who needs work on his puck-moving and overall hockey IQ, the other a slick passer who needs to develop greater defensive intensity

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RE 15-16 ZACK KASSIAN: WHEN THE TRUTH COMES OUT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-23

There are few stories in life with greater universal appeal than redemption. If you have lived a life worthwhile, then you know the true cost of bad decisions—and the satisfaction that comes in finding your way home. And you have a new understanding of a journey with miles and miles to go. (When The Truth Comes Out). ZACK KASSIAN 2015-16 5×5 points per 60: 1.13 (No. 10 among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 0.00 (no points in eight minutes) Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.5 Qual Comp: No. 6 among regular forwards (2line) Qual Team: No. 6 among regular forwards (2line) Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -8.1 Shots on goal/percentage: 42/7.1 Boxcars: 36GP, 3-5-8 .222 WAR-ON-ICE PLAYER CHART Kassian is in a

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NEED TO KNOW: Conference Finals heat up

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-05-23

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – Every Monday, the Condors will give you what you need to know about Condorstown and the world of hockey for the upcoming week. No time to waste… BOTH AHL CONFERENCE FINALS FEATURE 2-0 SERIES LEADS On Saturday, the Hershey Bears jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Marlies thanks to an overtime goal from Carter Camper. Former Condors D Erik Burgdoerfer has three assists in his last three games and is +4 over his last two series On Sunday, the Lake Erie Monsters took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 win over the Ontario Reign. The series heads to Cleveland for games three, four, and five. NHL CONFERENCE FINALS DO AN ABOUT FACE

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WHO IS THE BEST GOALIE IN THE 2016 DRAFT?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

As much as we love hockey, sussing out goalies and their ability to stop the puck is a mystery to pretty much everyone. If you skim over past drafts trying to find successful patterns, the reasonable conclusion is for your favorite team to 'get lucky' and count it as a skill. Let's look at last year's projections and figure out this season.

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