Edmonton Oilers prospect Dillon Simpson signs contract, stays in school

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-23

After the negotiations were finally done, tying Dillon Simpson to a three-year entry-level contract, the Edmonton Oilers’ draft pick had another decision to make. Should he join the Oklahoma City Barons at this late juncture, or, remain at the University of North Dakota so he could finish his classes and leave with his degree?

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Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their third overall pick?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-23

The two names most frequently mentioned with regard to the Oilers’ first pick at the 2014 NHL Draft are those of defenceman Aaron Ekblad and centre Leon Draisaitl. Is there a case to be made that the Oilers should move their third overall pick if those players aren’t around? The short answer is ‘no.’ Everything I’ve seen about the 2014 Draft class is that (depending on the viewer) there’s a top-three, top-four or top-five that are closely grouped together. The top three consists of Ekblad, centre Sam Reinhart and centre Sam Bennett – those were the three players who individual NHL scouts rated in conversation with TSN’s Bob McKenzie as worthy of going No. 1 overall. The other

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Dakar: Oilers’ Prospects Yet To Concede

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-23

A week and a half ago, I took a cursory look at the Oilers’ prospects still in action out there in hockey land. Believe it or not, nearly ten days hence and not a drop of blood has hit the ground. Everyone’s still standing. Let’s have a look at how things have turned out and where everyone’s headed. OKC Barons Since we last checked in… **the Barons clinched a playoff spot. Finishing 8th in the West, the Barons are set to face the titanic Texas Stars (spits) in the first round. The first game is tonight (April 23rd). Here’s the sched for the series. And, here’s a great preview of the series. **played a meaningless ‘rest-your-troops-and-give-the-k

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Nation Playoff Pool Update

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-23

The playoffs are a week in and here's your first playoff pool update. If you didn't enter, shame on you. If you did sign up, it's time to brag about how smart you are.  Unless, of course, your pool looks like mine where I go out and pick players that have completely fallen off the face of the earth.  I'm looking at you Nyquist. *shakes fist*

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Shopping for an Assistant Coach for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-23

There has been a lot of discussion this summer about Dallas Eakins’ assistant coaches. Partially, that’s because coaching seems clearly to have been an issue this year, and the revolving door in Edmonton means Eakins himself isn’t likely to go. Partially it’s because his current assistants fit the ‘old boys’ bill a little too well and have had suspicious longevity in an organization that fires almost everyone else. Moving beyond the current staff, what qualities would we expect to see in a new Eakins assistant?

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Oilers talk along Highway 2

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-04-23

As Curtis has stated in his last blog Curtis, Rob and I went to Banff last weekend for a friend’s stag and as usual we had many a conversation about our beloved Oilers.  The usual topics were discussed such as the coaching staff, the upcoming draft, the awful defensive corps, the glaring hole at second line [...] The post Oilers talk along Highway 2 appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers Sign Simpson

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-23

We have been waiting a little while for this one, but last night it finally happened, the Edmonton Oilers signed University of North Dakota defender Dillon Simpson to a three-year entry level contract. Simpson will not join the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons during their playoff run, as he plans on staying at school and finishing his degree. He’ll likely attend the Oilers rookie camp in July, the rookie tournament in Penticton in September, and will be at training camp later that month. The Oilers snagged Simpson with the 92nd overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, so Simpson joins the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Travis Ewanyk and Marty Gernat in gra

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RE 13-14 MARK ARCOBELLO: CYPRUS AVENUE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-23

Mark Arcobello began his pro career on the lowest rung of show business. We didn’t really talk about him that first season, he got his first bit of mention in April of 2011. He’s worked hard for everything, and he’s far from making it. But by God this kid has some gumption and fire. MARK ARCOBELLO 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (4th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 2.65 (7th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 10th toughest among regular forwards (3rd-4th line opp) Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards (2nd line teammates) Corsi Rel: 6.4 (3rd best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 48.1 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +3.7 Zone Start: 47.7% (8th t

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PLAYOFF RAMBLINGS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-23

My take on the first week of playoffs, Cooke, Keith, Getzlaf, Sam Bennett and more

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Jordan Eberle — Cornerstone or trading chip? He’s one Oiler with “present market value”

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-23

2013-14 Edmonton Oilers in review: Jordan Eberle Any time the trade talks get going hot and heavy on the blogs or the comments sections or Twitter or talk radio or what have you in this hockey-obsessed village, at some point the suggestion will solemnly be made that the Edmonton Oilers should trade Jordan Eberle. “He’s the guy with established value” the argument goes, “he’s the one that could be the centrepiece of the deal that lands us that top pairing defenceman [Oliver Ekman-Larsson or P.K. Subban frequently cited here] or that big #2 centre  [ditto Sean Couturier]. Nail Yakupov will/might score more than Ebs in the future, but has lower market value today.

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Former Oiler Torres continues to bring it at playoff time

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-23

It has been six years since RaffI Torres was a member of the Edmonton Oilers and while he has had his fair share of ups and downs since leaving the Alberta Capital, the former fifth overall pick will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans across Oil Country. While some may view the San Jose Sharks winger as nothing more than a head-hunter, those are the people who tend to ignore just how useful of a player he really is.

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Evolution? OZ Faceoff Losses in 2013-14

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-23

I’ve been prattling on for a while about Bruce Boudreau’s team, how they play following offensive zone faceoff losses and the fine results that they achieve. I was doing my year-end totting up of the data and I happened across something interesting. Start at the beginning. I classify shot attempts depending on when the last [...]

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