REVOLVERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-30

One of the first things Todd McLellan will discover on arrival (he already knows it but is about to live it) is that the gifted young forwards have all of their cannons pointed in one direction. Our conversation this morning about Nail Yakupov is a great example of what the new coach will face. When ALL of your skill wingers have the same issue, what is a coach to do? My guess is that he marries the skilled men with responsible players and tries to find a way to make it work. What would that look like? Back in 2010, Tom Renney deployed his opening night lineup like this: L1: Penner-Gagner-Hemsky L2: Hall-Horcoff-Eberle L3: Paajarvi-Cogliano-Brule L4: Jones-Fraser-MacIntyre D1: Whitney-Foste

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HOW MANY JOBS ARE UP FOR GRABS??

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-30

Start a conversation online or at work these days about the Oilers and the conversation (after the McDavid fist bump) quickly turns to who gets what job. Will Leon play the wing? HOW can they send down Nurse? Peter Chiarelli said Griffin Reinhart would be on the Oilers this fall—book it! For Oilers fans this century, it (for the most part) comes down to contracts.

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#16 - Brandon Davidson

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-30

Davidson leapfrogs five spots to #16 in this incarnation of the Top 25. Less than two weeks after his 24th birthday, the southpaw rearguard from Taber clocks in at #16 in our Top 25. Let's go to the scorecards to see where everyone had him. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 17 22 15 17 12 14 16 16 18 14 Previous Rank: 21 IN BRIEF Davidson's rank of #16 is his highest on the Top 25 yet.  In 2014-15, he finished his second full season with the OKC Barons after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012-13 limited him to a couple dozen games.  Davidson also appeared in a dozen games for the Oilers last year after being recalled in December

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GONE BY VALENTINES?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-30

Now that the Oilers have a more tradition NHL GM, there are all kinds of possibilities that weren’t out there before. In-season trades to address current weakness (like a goalie or center last fall), minor league player for NHL player, that kind of thing. It also means we should be on the lookout for a pump and dump. This is Chuck Arnason. Flin Flin Bomber. In junior hockey he was a tremendous scorer, popped 79 goals in his draft season and was chosen No. 7 overall in the 1971 draft. The problem? Montreal took him. At the 1971-72 training camp, Arnason’s competition on RW would have been: Yvan Cournoyer (who would score 47 goals on the top line in 1971-72) Guy Lafleur (No. 1 ove

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Can Edmonton Oilers prospect Laurent Brossoit help salvage Craig MacTavish’s reputation?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-30

Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 5 Laurent Brossoit Previously: No. 15 overall in the 2014 ranking It’s abundantly clear that Craig MacTavish’s time as Edmonton Oilers general manager didn’t go the way anyone in the organization hoped. After two difficult seasons in which the club failed to make any significant headway in the NHL standings, MacTavish was demoted in favour of ex-Bruins G.M. Peter Chiarelli. That’s not to say there weren’t bright spots to his tenure. Among them was the November 2013 trade which landed goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit, a trade that was widely panned (including by yours truly) at the time it happened. But with the players sent out either failing to

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GOALIES ARE VOODOO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-29

The moves this summer by Peter Chiarelli (is he done?) offer us insight into the mindset of management and new coach Todd McLellan. When a new GM and coach arrive, and follow up with massive additions 'up the middle' it shows what caught their eye in regard to the weakness of last year's crew. It's one thing to send a distant bell to the 'Hawks for a possible backup goalie, but are the Oilers seriously considering running an inexperienced goalie combination? Or will he ADD an experienced hand to the four men already heading to camp? 

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SNF

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

There’s a lot of talk on the blog these days about Schultz, Nikitin and Ference. The trio are often thrown into a pile and at some point have become interchangeable in conversation. Is that fair? Let’s go to the Vollman. VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER Here were see Schultz getting a massive zone start push and his bubble is blue and healthy. For me, the issue in regard to him was threefold one year ago: The TOI was overwhelming. I do believe the amount of time he played impact his effectiveness. Oscar Klefbom helped the pairing but it took a significant piece away from a defensive pairing. The actual production was less than ample. Travis Yost did a fine job looking at the issue (and oth

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(LOOKING FOR) THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

How many complete defensemen have skated in an Oilers uniform since 1979? Seriously. I’m not talking about great defensemen or big hitters or powerful shooters, I’m talking complete defensemen. Chris Pronger? You bet. After that, we can make a list and check it twice but this is not a long list, not as impressive as (say) the Boston Bruins of my lifetime. A complete defenseman is (my definition) able to play successfully in all three disciplines, bring a physical element while also being able to play a two-way game. In the olden days the guy could fight but that’s not necessary anymore. I don’t believe blocking shots is a value tool (it’s more a reflection of po

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#17 - Iiro Pakarinen

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-29

From zero to Iiro. Or something even more clever. Iiro Pakarinen knows how to hockey.  For this, and other reasons, he slots in at #17 in our Top 25 Under 25 for 2015. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 18 21 23 22 19 17 20 19 16 17 A former draft pick of the Florida Panthers (184th overall in 2011), Pakarinen came to Oil Country via free agency last summer after spending time in Finland's Liiga.  His career-to-date statistics are as follows, courtesy of eliteprospects.com: Despite what might appear to be a severe allergy to offense - or at least assists - Pakarinen does possess some nice tools that we’ve seen some flashes of in the bi

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Unlike most of the Edmonton Oilers forward prospects, Anton Slepyshev can score

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-29

Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 6 Anton Slepyshev Previously: No. 15 overall in the 2014 ranking Anton Slepyshev is coming to North America. The 2013 third-round draft pick is coming off what is by far the best season of his career in the KHL and is unique among Oilers prospects because of his blend of skills. The 21-year-old has good size (6’2”, 194 pounds), good skating and the kind of offensive ability that’s been rare in recent years for Edmonton’s non-first-round draft choices. We may as well start by comparing the season that was against the benchmark established in last year’s write-up by colleague Bruce McCurdy: Expectations for 2014-15: Unlike Yakimov, who has signed to pla

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2008-15 Neilson goals and scoring chances for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-28

Neilson scoring chances data Scoring Chances Plus-Minus rates 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for centres ES, per 15 ES 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for dmen ES, per 15 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for dmen ES, games, per 15 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for wingers ES, per 15 2010-11 individual scoring chances plus-minus 2011-12 Scoring Chances For 2010-15 Scoring chances for wingers (games, scoring chances per 15 ES) 2010-15 Scoring chances for wingers (time on ice ES, per 15 ES) 2010-15 Scoring chances for dmen (times on ES, per 15) 2010-11 contributions to scoring chances and goals on PP 2011-12 contributions to scs and goals on PP Scoring Chan

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FINDING MELKER KARLSSON

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

Not many days now for fans, media and the hockey industry—we are definitely seeing signs of hockey season getting ready to fire the ignition. Young Oilers minor leaguers and new hires will once again see plenty of new faces among the coaching staff—and for some, that could be a very good thing.

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