LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-20

Even the most avid hockey fan loses the script when it comes to prospects and injuries. A player is drafted, and we track the stats but forget the injuries. The cumulative effect of those injuries often means a top prospect is not what he was supposed to be five years on. We remember Marc Pouliot as a failed prospect, but do we remember all of the injuries and lost games in those vital development years? I suspect the answer is no. As the fall arrives and Tyler Pitlick looks to make the NHL for good, it's worth remembering the injuries, and discussing their impact.

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MacKinnon: Fayne brings defensive responsibility to Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Mark Fayne is meant to be part of the solution on defence for the Edmonton Oilers, and he certainly brings an enticing resume to the job description. The 27-year-old defender spent four years at Providence College before joining the defence-first New Jersey Devils in 2010-11 and was tutored by the likes of Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire and Scott Stevens, Hall of Famers every one.

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Petry shoulder injury considered a ‘tweak’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Defenceman Jeff Petry left the first scrimmage of the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp with a shoulder injury that wasn’t framed as serious after the proceedings wrapped up on Friday. “He tweaked his shoulder. We don’t think it’s anything huge,” said head coach Dallas Eakins.

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Westgarth always has to fight for a place on team

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Kevin Westgarth has dropped the mitts 111 times, so he rolls with the punches, but it’s interesting that he’s at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp on a tryout after he was nailed by fellow beat cop Luke Gazdic at Rexall Place on March 1. When someone suggested that he was caught with a lucky punch, Westgarth laughed.

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Oilers hit camp talking about what it takes to be successful, even mention the 'P' word

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-20

Dare to dream?

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Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ready to go head to head with, and beat, bigger opponents [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-20

They won’t exactly be throwing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the wolves this season — just to the monsters.

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Battle for position takes “centre” stage as Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rexall Place

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-20

The main candidates to fill as many as three spots down the middle for the Edmonton Oilers were on display to a couple of thousand curious onlookers down at Rexall Place on Friday, when Team Messier took on Team Kurri in what looked an awful lot like the old Blue-White game. With just over 60 players in camp, the Oilers have divided into three complete 20-man teams, with an extra d-man or goalie sprinkled in. This morning it was Team Gretzky’s turn to take the early (08:30) practice while the other two squads played each other in something resembling a real game, albeit one that started an hour later than the 10:00 “come all ye” publicized by the club. I’m pretty sure

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Nugent-Hopkins ready to take charge on ice

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

There’s a sureness that wasn’t there last fall when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stepped onto the ice for the Edmonton Oilers. But after an off-season uninterrupted by shoulder rehabilitation, he’s stronger physically, as well as mentally, which is why the Oilers’ first-line centre is certain he can elevate his game.

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David Leroux's Homage To Calvin & Hobbes, In Mask Form

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

This would be really useful in Calvinball. Via the Calvin & Hobbes subreddit comes this fantastic goaltender mask picturing a grown up Hobbes and Spaceman Spiff on the back.  I think a shot of The Hideous Blob on the back with Spiff would be even better, but this mask it great as is. The mask was painted by David Leroux of Diel Airbrush and his work was so compelling that I browsed through his entire gallery. Aside from Calvin & Hobbes, my favorites are Chris Le's Oilers mask, Ilia Ejov's (St. Petersburg-KHL) Sonic the Hedgehog mask and Niklas Treutle's (Hamburg-DHL) Popeye-Pinup-Turtle mask.  The number masks produced for private collectors was a surprise, especially since artwork

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Photos: Edmonton Oilers Training Camp Day 2 (Sept. 19, 2014) [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-19

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EVERYODY’S GRETZKY (2014 EDITION)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-19

We can NOT help ourselves. The Edmonton Oilers are the opium of the settlers in this part of the Hinterland. We bitch and moan ALL spring and summer about the collective failings of the good ship Oiler, firm in our belief the team’s management can’t tie their shoes. Come the first open scrimmage? Everbody’s Gretzky! ANOTHER GREAT DAY! Benoit Pouliot on Leon Draisaitl: “He’s looking good, he’s slick. He’s a big centreman and in this league you need big centres. I think he can do the job. The way he played today, he’s only 18. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the guy, just let him play. Today was exactly that, he put a lot of pressure on their D and he

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Kevin Westgarth can be fighting bulldog, but also an interesting cat

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-09-19

When Kevin Westgarth was honing his pugilistic skills (something he has done 111 times if you count the NHL and the AHL), he decided to drop by the famous Kronk Gym at 5555 McGraw St. in downtown Detroit where Thomas (The Hitman) Hearns got his start and where Hector Camacho, Evander Holyfied and Lennox Lewis also trained. “I did fight in junior B in Ontario, more than dipping my toe in the water, before going to college (Princeton, no fighting allowed or you were tossed out of the game) but when I was in school I actually took some boxing lessons at the Kronk Gym in Detroit. It was in the basement of this community centre, a real rough area but it was awesome,” said Westgarth, w

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