Notes from Orientation Camp

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-04

I had the pleasure of attending the open practice at Rexall Place this morning and, boy, did I see a lot of players good. I was back in the homeland this week and couldn't pass up the opportunity to check out Connor McDavid in person at the open practice this morning. I thought I would share a few of my observations from the Orientation Camp session. First of all, the players one would expect to stand out certainly did during drills this morning. Darnell Nurse is an absolute beast, and word is he's put on 20 lbs. since the last time he showed up at Oilers camp. It showed as most of the competition on the ice looked to be well below Nurse's level. He looked almost unbeatable on rushe

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TODD MCLELLAN AND HIS YOUNG FORWARDS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-04

The Edmonton Oilers have Connor McDavid under contract and now attention turns to things like how to handle his development, identifying ideal linemates and his deployment. Perhaps we can get some insight into McDavid's future by looking at Todd McLellan's past.

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Glory Days

Source: Black Dog Hates Skunks
Date: 2015-07-04

 It was a few years ago that my friend Frank suggested that we try and set up a reunion of sorts with the old gang we got around with back in the day. If you've been here a while you will know those days, I have talked about them many times, our summers when we were in university and gathered together again back home in Sudbury, Thursday night and the weekends spent making the best of our youth. I look at pictures from back then and there are endless folks coming and going, a Saturday was spent usually in Frank and Tina (his sister)'s backyard, there was a group of us who were always there and then through the day and night a constant coming and going and in the evening we wou

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Darnell Nurse Looks Ready For The Next Step, and other notes from Oilers’ development camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-04

Number me among the several thousand curious hockey addicts who headed down to Rexall Place the last two days to watch the latest crop of Edmonton Oilers hopefuls go through their paces at summer development camp. The club has done it up right in 2015, anticipating even higher levels of interest than normal so scehduling the event at Rexall Place, then porviding free admission, free parking, and assorted free concessions including coffee, soda pop, and popcorn. A welcoming environment, even as the action on display is the nuts and bolts of the game with nothing resembling an in-house production. Which is just fine by me, I’m happy to just sit and watch, and listen to the natural sounds

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McDavid-Nurse battles in Oilers’ orientation camp are an eye-opener for fans

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-04

People weren’t banging down the doors to see Connor McDavid Saturday on the second day of open practice at Rexall Place — the crowd was maybe half as big as Friday’s 3,000 — but the fans that were there, were all in. Big cheers for every McDavid move on one-on-one drills.

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STRONG 210

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-04

One of the things we do as Oilers fans is make group decisions, adopt them as gospel and then write it in our memory banks. No real harm—we all do it, who can hold on to all info—but things get left behind that are important. Example: The 2015 draft. Edmonton got Connor McDavid AND Cam Talbot AND Griffin Reinhart AND five other picks besides! They won the draft! Yes. Yes they did. However, along with winning the draft they also dealt away a bunch of quality talent that will be under control for seven to nine years. If we put the draft day trades in proper context, we get: One year of Cam Talbot, six years of Griffin Reinhart and seven to nine years of Ziyat Paigin for Seven to nine year

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THE OTHER GUYS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-04

It’s no surprise fans of the Edmonton Oilers are falling all over themselves about Connor McDavid, who has been drawing oohs and aahs and applause from the thousands of faithful filing into Rexall Place to watch prospects do drills at an orientation camp.

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Oilers’ prospect Ethan Bear proud to be a role model for aboriginal kids

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-04

If you’re looking for what Ethan Bear is, he’s a very good Western Hockey League defenceman for the Seattle Thunderbirds, who has played for Canada at the world under 18 championship in Switzerland this past spring and at last summer’s Ivan Hlinka tournament, also wearing the maple leaf. But if you want to know who Ethan Bear is, he’s the fifth-round Edmonton Oilers’ draft pick who is attending the Oilers prospects camp. He’s also a kid carrying the torch for other aboriginal hockey players, growing up on the Ochapowace First Nation in Whitewood, Sask.

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NHL Free Agents 2015: Updated Rumors and Predictions Around the League

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-07-04

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with four defensemen playing the majority of the minutes. They were led by Duncan Keith, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy, but Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were all relied on heavily by head coach Joel Quenneville. The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and they addressed some of them by trading restricted free agent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this week. They would like to use some of the cap room they cleared to re-sign Oduya, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.  While general manager Stan Bowman is in the process of doing that, he has not been able to finish the job as o

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Watch live: Connor McDavid at Oilers orientation camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-04

Can’t make it down to Rexall Place to watch Connor McDavid and the other Oilers’ prospects work out? Watch a live video of the action provided by the Edmonton Oilers.

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Dumping a Body

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-04

The Edmonton Oilers have a pile of defencemen. They have seven established NHL players, not including Griffin Reinhart, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson, and certainly not including Cody Franson or Christian Ehrhoff. They have to dump a body.

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ANOTHER LOOK AT NHLE’S

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-04

NHL equivalencies are the handiwork of Gabriel Desjardins and give us a ‘line in the sand’ when estimating future boxcar numbers. This isn’t a ‘tool’ so much as a ‘toy’—a fun way to estimate offensive talent for players who don’t have an established level of ability in the NHL. Let’s go back a few years and see how the toy has projected some Oilers from the current team (and recent past). NHLE’S OVER TIME Here are some recent Oilers, their final season outside the NHL, followed by their rookie seasons in the show. Taylor Hall 82GP, 17-29-46NHLE (Actual 65GP, 22-20-42) .561 versus .646 (point per game) Jordan Eberle 82GP, 22-24-46

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