Commemorating the Golden Ticket: Good Idea or Bad?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-22

The Oilers season ticket renewal package. Good idea? Tone deaf? Masterful job of trolling? Season ticket package arrived. Well played Oilers. Well played. #Oilers pic.twitter.com/9DD6fIy7Pf — Rob Kinsey (@solid_guarantee) May 21, 2015 I haven't seen my Oilers season ticket renewal package yet, I even checked the mail last night in search of it, but thanks to the wonder that is Twitter there will be no surprises waiting for me when it does arrive. I already know what the prices are, the McDavid tax for my seats was set at 8%. And I know what the package itself looks like, it's a replica of the golden ticket from the draft lottery. You remember the draft lottery, when we

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The Oilers Didn’t Want Mike Babcock

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) The Toronto Maple Leafs, their fans and their media have every right to be excited about the arrival of Mike Babcock. He’s a high-profile coach, he’s a big name with a proven track record, and he’s going to bring some much-needed structure and identity to a team that is severely lacking in both. Granted, the team on the ice is still bad, and needs a lot of improvement. But, they seem to be building a competent management team, and that’s a step in the right direction. Though I will say, whoever takes the job as General Manager will probably feel a little bit irrelevant at this point, but anyways. Yes, the turnout for Babcock’s press conference w

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USER’S GUIDE TO TURNING NORTH

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-22

Peter Chiarelli: “Everyone has a five-year plan and so did we. It’s not like it fell exactly into place, but we were adding certain elements to get to this point.” (After SC win, via Behind the Moves) I thought it might be a good idea to go back to PC’s PC and see what we can see, now that the first blush excitement is gone. We’re looking for blues clues and anything about the F & G. All of the quotes are via Bruce McCurdy unless otherwise indicated. Chiarelli: “The way I manage there’s nothing really flashy about it, although in the past I’ve made some trades and I’m not afraid to do that, it’s about getting to know the players, instilling an

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Off-Season Targets: Zbynek Michalek

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

When the 2015 NHL trade deadline passed, a number of solid defenders changed hands. Among them were a few notable names, including Jeff Petry, Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski. One name of a solid defender that slipped through the cracks? Zbynek Michalek of the Arizona Coyotes. Michalek, who had been a very good shut-down defender for years in the desert, was sent to St. Louis as a rental for the Blues’ playoff run. Michalek suffered a concussion right before the trade, and never got going with the Blues. He was, for the lack of a better term, the forgotten one. Why Is He Out There: When you look at all the numbers, Michalek is actually a very solid NHL defender. So, why are we talkin

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The 2015 Memorial Cup is too close to call

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-22

QUEBEC CITY — As the 97th MasterCard Memorial Cup dawns, this much seems clear: it’s too close to call. Sticking one’s neck out to pick a winner of this year’s tournament might leave one feeling exposed like, oh, the folks who said Mike Babcock would never in a million, trillion, ga-zillion years join the Toronto Maple Leafs. Few knew his mind. And few can accurately take a snapshot of the four-team field here in La Vieille Capitale and confidently say which team should be favoured. As always, only two of the four have actually played each other, and those two — the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic — had to go to double OT in Game 7 to decide a winner of the QMJ

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-22

Oilers and Leafs land the coaches they want, the Canucks ongoing rebuild and Jordan Subban, Flames draft plans and cap situation, Zack Kassian, Ladi Smid, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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The Sweater

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2015-05-22

I have an Oklahoma City Barons sweater. That sweater is dark navy with copper, white, and red stripes on the sleeve. It has a tight v-neck design that is tailored perfectly for a head, two ears, two eyes, and a mess of hair to squeeze through. The back is stitched with breathable fabric that is perfect for early October heat and late May playoff pushes. The front features a nearly 24" logo, the traditional Barons mark. The left shoulder has an OKC Barons oil drop, the right the iconic Edmonton Oilers logo. The sleeves are the perfect length, hitting me on the wrist as the radius and ulna meet, but not too far past where the carpals begin. It is comfortable, well worn, easy to clean, and perh

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Matt Hendricks delivered for the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15; can he keep this performance up?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-22

2014-15 Edmonton Oilers in Review: Matt Hendricks In preparation for writing this piece, I went looking for key posts written on this site over the last season on Matt Hendricks. There really wasn’t much (see the end of this piece for the full list) but that shouldn’t be taken as a slight to the player; the simple fact is that over 100-odd games in Edmonton he’s been remarkably reliable. Hendricks has his limitations, to be sure. At the top of that list is his overall scoring touch; the 16 points he scored for Edmonton in 2014-15 is the second-best total of his career. He is not an offensively gifted player and he plays a conservative style of game to boot. He adds value in other ways,

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History says Darnell Nurse will make the Edmonton Oilers next year

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-22

Will Darnell Nurse make the Edmonton Oilers in 2015-16? Until recently, there was some doubt that Nurse would achieve this, especially given his inconsistent showings in brief pro hockey runs with the Edmonton Oilers and Oklahoma City Barons last season and earlier this season. The conventional wisdom has been that Nurse would likely be best off spending the 2015-16 on the Oilers’ AHL farm team in Bakersfield. But with recent events, however, I can’t see that happening. Nor do I think it should happen, not unless Nurse’s performance suddenly drops off. Both on merit and on the recent history of high-drafted defencemen breaking into the National Hockey League, it’s evi

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With the first overall pick, Skynet chooses …

Source: Oilers Nerd Alert
Date: 2015-05-21

Yes, even the machines want Connor McJesus on their side!  Connor vs Connor!  Cano a cano? Wait, let me rewind a bit. It’s a foregone conclusion the Oilers draft McDavid, right?  The big question of course is: just how good is he? Traditionally, the way to estimate this is using NHLE (NHL Equivalencies, a la Desjardins and others).  Using an NHLE of 0.3 from CHL to NHL, that puts McDavid at about 62 to 63 points over a full season. But those NHLE are for the entire league, and history suggests they work well for the average player but underestimate elite players. I took a swing at estimating an NHLE for elite players a while back, using the pretty much standard approach of multi

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THE OILERS AND THE USA (2015 DRAFT)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-21

Historically, the Edmonton Oilers look to America about half as often as the rest of the NHL. When the club does draft USA players, they tend to pluck kids from good NCAA programs (or USHL players on their way to good NCAA programs). The most successful recent example is Jeff Petry but there are more good players on the way. NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/USA PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL 2014 NHL draft—210 total players, 50 from USA. 2013 NHL draft—211 total players,  53 from USA. 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 57 from USA. 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players,  52 from USA. 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 51 from USA. 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 53 from USA. 2008 NHL draft,  211

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Draisaitl has no regrets about return to WHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-21

QUEBEC — Leon Draisaitl has no regrets about being returned to junior hockey in mid-season by the Edmonton Oilers. After posting two goals and seven assists in 37 NHL games, the big centre drafted third overall last June was returned to the Price Albert Raiders, only to have to his rights dealt to the powerhouse Kelowna Rockets. The German has flourished with the Western Hockey League champions, and now will try to help them win a MasterCard Memorial Cup. While the demotion may have stung at the time, Draisaitl sees nothing but good in it now. "They gave me a chance to play in the NHL," he said Thursday. "As an 18 year old kid, what more can you ask than to

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