Draisaitl, Yakupov and the Middle Six

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-02

It seems probable that Edmonton’s top line for the majority of 2014-15 will be the incumbent trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Assuming that to be true, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has an interesting challenge in front of him: How can he carefully manage the minutes of both Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov while still running at least one capable two-way line in his middle-six forward group?

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The Top 5 Edmonton Oilers Training Camp Battles to Watch in 2014

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-02

The Edmonton Oilers had a busy offseason attempting to address some major holes that have prevented the team from turning the corner during its rebuilding process. While some might criticize the money paid to new players such as Benoit Pouliot and Nikita Nikitin, head coach Craig MacTavish has finally started to diversify the types of players on the Oilers' roster. The new additions will lead to some interesting battles as incumbent players will want to prove they're deserving of the high billing received in Edmonton, while new players will compete for top minutes. Here is a look at the top five Edmonton Oilers training camp battles to watch in 2014.   *All stats courtesy of NHL.comBegi

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Retired Edmonton Oilers goalie jailed for sexual misconduct with 13-year-old

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-02

The man who had a brief but memorable career between the pipes for the Edmonton Oilers will spend the next two month in prison as a result of sexting with a 13-year-old girl. The Bangor Daily News (h/t Puck Daddy) reports that Mike Minard pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct after sending and requesting sexually explicit content and asking the girl and one of her friends to meet him at a hotel. According to a police report quoted by the paper, Minard was “very cooperative” with the detective sent to investigate. It’s the kind of charge that leaves a black mark on anyone, no matter how distinguished his history. Minard, who was a fourth round pick of Edmont

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Edmonton Oilers chances of winning the Stanley Cup? Better than the Calgary Flames, Bodog.com says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-02

The Edmonton Oilers don’t have much of a chance to win the Stanley Cup this year, but their betting odds are better than the Calgary Flames, according to Internet betting site Bodog.eu.  Bodog has the Oilers at 50/1, at the same level as the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton is ahead of Arizona, Carolina, the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Winnipeg, all at 66/1, and even more ahead of Buffalo, Calgary, Florida and Nashville, all at 75/1. If Flames fans want to make lemonade out of those lemons, Calgary is seen as one of the frontrunners to pick up the high draft pick it will take to grab Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Just ahead of the Oilers are Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, all at 40

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UNICORNS!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-02

The biggest concerns for Edmonton Oilers fans this fall? How much time do you have? It’s the depth at center, the top pairing, the goaltending, the power play, the faceoff circle and the left coast. THREE EFFECTIVE SCORING LINES The Oilers have a great, rocking line of $6 million dollar men in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. I’ve projected them to score 87 goals this season. That’s the “G-A-G plus 5″ line should it happen, and it would be a nice step up from 74 a year ago from the trio. I think most of us believe the club could cobble together a quality 2line from the group of remaining skill wingers (David Perron, Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouli

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Yakupov For Boychuk? No Sir!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-02

I may be late to the party, but I have to chime in on this one. Late last week, an article hit the web from Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet New England regarding the future of Bruins defender Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk, an Edmonton native, is slatted to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. The odds the Bruins will be able to re-sign him are slim at best, and it has sparked trade speculation. The Bruins are currently in a major cap bind, and have eight defenders that could play in the NHL, making a trade of one of these players a likely thing. The guy mainly rumored has been Johnny Boychuk, who was again connected to Edmonton by Haggerty. The intriguing part about Edmonton from Bost

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If Darnell Nurse gets a job on the Edmonton Oilers’ blue line in 2014-15, he will have earned it

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-02

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #2 Darnell Nurse The Oilers have done everything they can to put roadblocks in the path of their most promising young defenceman. If the team opts to carry seven rearguards, six of those spots are already earmarked for NHL veterans with one-way deals and a seventh is a pretty good bet to go to Martin Marincin, who showed well over the last half of 2013-14. Behind those guys, Oscar Klefbom is sure to push for a spot after a successful adaptation to North American hockey last season. In other words, if Darnell Nurse gets an NHL shot in 2014-15, he will have earned it. It’s commendable that the team has chosen to reinforce its depth chart in such a way. Unlike

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Meet The Blogger – Dave Gordon

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-02

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year. About 14 month ago, June 2013 to be exact, I started a new venture, opening up The Oilers Rig. I planned for it to be just a stepping stone for myself, a little blog I’d run by myself and use while attending school to try and get my name out there. Never did I imagine people would read this the way they have, and never did I imagine some of the things we’ve done here. There are two people that really made that possible. The first person to approach me was Jeremy Thompson, who had some brilliant ideas that I didn’t even consider when I started out. He also brought along Dave Gordon, and we formed a trio that starte

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Monday Mailbag - September 1st

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-02

Whether you're reading this tonight, or you waited to read it on company time I welcome you to another edition of Mailbag Monday.  This feature is all about you guys, if you have a question you'd like ask just email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Sit back, relax, and learn something.  Enjoy!

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OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (COMPLETE RE 14-15)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-01

A year ago, the Oklahoma City Barons scored 239 goals. This year, I’m predicting they will score 224—most of the offensive downturn comes from an inexperienced forward group. The Barons will have veterans—Matt Ford, Jason Williams, Ryan Hamilton—but the roster will have more prospects and players who were retained despite struggling through their entry-level deals. PROJECTED LINES AND PAIRINGS L1: Ryan Hamilton—Jason Williams—Matt Ford L2: Iiro Pakarinen—Bogdan Yakimov—Andrew Miller L3: Curtis Hamilton—Jujhar Khaira—Steve Pinizzotto L4: Mitchell Moroz—Will Acton—Travis Ewanyk D1: Brad Hunt—David Musil D2: Martin Gernat—Brandon Davidson D3: Jordan Oesterle—D

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Should More NHL Teams Be Setting Up to Tank for Connor McDavid?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-01

It is universally agreed that the 2015 NHL draft’s Connor McDavid has franchise-player potential, and he’s probably the most important draft prospect since Sidney Crosby in 2005. It is further agreed that NHL teams have a nasty habit of sabotaging themselves when the chance to land that kind of player becomes available. The league was worried enough about the trend that, in late August, it announced significant reforms to the draft lottery process, all designed to prevent its member clubs from tanking to land an especially attractive draft prospect. Those changes may well be important later in the year as teams find themselves well outside playoff contention, but the ironic thing

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Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry and Center Depth

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-01

Craig MacTavish, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers did a few things to shore up his teams weak defense. MacT signed UFA’s Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitan, and Keith Aulie. He also brought back Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz on one year deals. Petry will become an unrestricted free agent and seasons end and Schultz will be an RFA with arbitration rights. The Schultz signing, while the money bothers me a little bit is countered by the one year term. Petry is the opposite, I like the dollar amount greatly but think a one year term is a little too risky. There is something about both these signings that has me thinking, one or both of these guys might not be around at season’s end. Jonath

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