HOW GOOD IS TIMO MEIER?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-28

Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year's draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.

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3 Potential Edmonton Oilers Off-Season Blockbusters

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-28

(Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports) Having missed the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season, the coming off-season will be one filled with great change for the perpetually poor Edmonton Oilers. Coaches have come and gone, and so too have players, however each season has yielded the same result for the Oilers, who have failed to reach the post season since the 2005-06 season, in which the team reached the Stanley Cup Finals. Yet this off-season will be one different than any other in recent history, as it has the potential to be filled with one or more major trades or transactions, ones which will see a major shift in the Oilers’ identity. In fact, change has already begun in the City of C

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New Edmonton Oilers G.M. Peter Chiarelli completely remade the Bruins’ defence in his first year in Boston

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-28

There’s no way of knowing exactly what Peter Chiarelli has planned for the Edmonton Oilers now that he’s been named the team’s general manager. With that said, because he’s an experienced G.M. who has built a team from the ground up into a Stanley Cup champion, we might be able to get an idea by looking back at his first year with his last team, the Boston Bruins. Reviewing his actions then, we can get an idea for what course he might choose to take now. If Chiarelli’s first year in Alberta looks anything like his first year in Massachusetts, it’s going to be a very busy time. A year after Peter Chiarelli was hired by the Boston Bruins, the team was virtually unrecognizable. He a

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Toronto Maple Leafs workhorse Dion Phaneuf could help the Oilers, but his cap hit makes little sense for Edmonton

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-28

This in from Damien Cox of Sportsnet on possible destinations for Toronto Maple Leafs d-man Dion Phaneuf, including the Edmonton Oilers: “Given that Boston was one of the teams most interested in Maple Leaf defenceman Dion Phaneuf at the trade deadline, and restated that interest after he wasn’t traded, it makes sense that with (Oilers GM Peter) Chiarelli now in Edmonton, the defence-hungry Oilers could be suitors for the veteran blueliner this summer.” My take This same rumour came up repeatedly last spring and summer. Here’s what Oilers insider Bob Stauffer said at the time: “I think the Leafs would move Phaneuf; I’m not sure the Oilers want to add on that extra

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Off-Season Targets Series: Overview

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-04-27

Once again, this spring I’ll present the off-season targets series for the Edmonton Oilers, who will be going to market this summer with quite a few holes to fill. Over the next month plus, I’ll be bringing readers a few players each week who are realistic options via free agency or trade who can help this team turn north next fall. Tonight, we’ll take a look at the overview of the off-season. What does Edmonton need to get done, what does the actual shopping list look like? I’ll also give my best thoughts on Peter Chiarelli and what he might do this summer. A Change In Philosophy: Last week completely changed this series. Craig MacTavish, two weeks ago, mentioned tha

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REVIEWING THE 2009 DRAFT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-27

For Steve Tambellini, Stu MacGregor and the Edmonton Oilers one of the major questions on draft day involved Dmitry Kulikov’s signability and how long they might have to wait for him. When Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson fell into their laps, it was an easy decision for Edmonton. No. 10 overall: L Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson. His scouting report talked about speed (likely fastest man in the draft) and NHL-readiness (Red Line felt he was, Pierre Maguire disagreed). We are now six years after the draft and MPS spent most of this season in the AHL (albeit with a deep organization). My feeling is that he’s stuck in the minors and that Paajarvi should be able to establish himself again if h

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Edmonton Oilers' owner Daryl Katz going into the movie business with Joel Silver

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-27

Oilers' owner Daryl Katz is segueing into the motion picture biz and Edmonton's arena district is set to benefit.

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Oilers: Dawn of a new Era

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-27

Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli were all smiles this past Friday when Nicholson unveiled Chiarelli as the new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers. The press conference wrapped up the most surprising 139-hour stretch in Oilers history. Peter Pocklington's trade to acquire Wayne Gretzky is the most important move in franchise history, and his trade on August 9th, 1988 was the most shocking moment, but 139 hours between Saturday April 18th at 6 p.m. and the April 24th, 1 p.m. press conference has to be the biggest surprise sequence in a long time, if not ever.Ten days ago apathy, angst and frustration reigned in Oilersnation and deservedly so.

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Legendary Hollywood Producer Joel Silver and Canadian Entrepreneur Daryl Katz Partner to Create Silver Pictures Entertainment

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-04-27

Silver renews relationship with longtime collaborator Warner Bros. Media executive Hal Sadoff joins the company as Chief Executive Officer Los Angeles, April 27, 2015 - - Joel Silver, one of the most successful producers in motion picture hi...

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The Edmonton Oilers trended down under Craig MacTavish, which justifies his demotion

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-27

The Cult of Hockey’s forensic audit of Craig MacTavish, Pt. 2 Craig MacTavish is no longer general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, but it looks like he might still be with Oilers hockey operations in some capacity. Reports are that he’s already on the road with new general manager Peter Chiarelli, travelling to Kelowna last weekend to watch top Edmonton prospect Leon Draisaitl. If nothing else, MacTavish is evidently going to be demoted, and while his two-year reign as general manager is still fresh, it’s worthwhile to take on final look at the pros and cons of his time in charge. The Cult’s Bruce McCurdy started this process in this post. Here’s my own contribu

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Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse, the Future of the Oilers?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-27

Before I dive into this article, let me preface it with this, because I know some readers will be up in arms. I’m aware that Connor McDavid isn’t a member of the Edmonton Oilers. There’s obviously always a chance they would trade that first overall pick (don’t worry they won’t); it’s possible they could choose a different player (not a chance); and of course there’s the perception that Connor doesn’t want to play in Edmonton. (He’s not a diva, he won’t balk the Oilers). But, considering how bad this team have been for the past nine years, and the kind of generational talent McDavid is expected to be, the only way Edmonton doesn̵

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RE 14-15 OSCAR KLEFBOM: SWEET MELISSA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-27

If Oscar Klefbom didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. Without Oscar, Oilers fans may not have had any idea how the position of defense is supposed to be played nightly. I’m only slightly kidding. The sooner Oscar can play 25 minutes a night, the quicker Oilers fans can watch games without defaulting to the fetal position every 25 seconds. RE 14-15: 41GP, 1-6-7 .171 ACTUAL 14-15: 60GP, 2-18-20 .333 OSCAR KLEFBOM BOXCARS, TWO-YEAR TREND OSCAR KLEFBOM FANCY STATS, TWO-YEAR TREND HOLY HELL he looked good. Oh yeah, this is a real piss cutter. Is he top pairing? Not now, no. I mean down the line. No idea, we don’t know if he has enough offense to play a feature role. I&

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