WILLIAM NYLANDER

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-24

In the final installment of the draft series dedicated to the possible first round pick, we arrive at William Nylander's resume. Choosing Nylander could be awkward, but it might be a wise choice. Let's have a look.

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The Vernon Myles Oilers Blog

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-24

Ever since I launched Puckrant.com, I've been paying close attention to the Edmonton Oilers Fan Page on Twitter. There's plenty of interesting conversation that goes on there. Today, reader Vernon Myles asked an interesting question: If you're the Oilers, would you give up the third overall pick and Nail Yakupov to Florida to pick first overall? Or do you keep the third pick and select Leon Draisaitl? I'd like to add to his questions, because I think the situation is more complicated than this. 1. Does Nail Yakupov actually want out? 2. How much do people believe Yakupov will be better next season (or in the future)? 3. How much difference in quality as prospects is there between A

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Something to Believe in

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-24

It has taken me a couple of weeks to get my thoughts in order about this Oilers season. Before the start of the season I knew this wasn’t a playoff team. I didn’t see why such a huge jump in points was expected.

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#BlameFleury

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-24

 According to Twitter, all hell has broken loose in Pittsburgh. Last night the Penguins fell victim to the 3-1 lead curse for the second time in this series. They scored three quick goals in the first and it was pretty much downhill from there. They managed to hold the lead at 3-2...that was until the last minute of the game. It seemed like they were going to stop the curse, and make their way home with a 3-1 lead in the series, but a heart wrenching mistake and a crazy bounce ruined all that. With around 22 seconds left in the game Marc Andre Fleury went to stop the puck behind the net for his defensemen, but instead of getting the clear that might have ended the game, the puck bou

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RE 13-14 RYAN JONES: BLUE MONEY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-24

Ryan Jones was plucked off waivers miles ago from Nashville, two days after the Oilers sent Denis Grebeshkov to the Preds for the pick that turned into Curtis Hamilton. Jones played over 200 games in an Oilers uniform, and had some good nights along the way. He will be remembered as a role player during the team’s darkest times. Ryan Jones 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.38 (7th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.63 (4th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 10th toughest faced among regular forwards Qual Team: 10th best available teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: -11.1 (worst among regular forwards) Zone Start: 49.7% (8th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 4

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Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their top pick to the New York Islanders for Griffin Reinhart?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-24

Take Our Poll This just in from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, the notion that the Edmonton Oilers might want to trade their first pick (third overall) for Edmonton Oil Kings prospect Griffin Reinhart. Writes Jones:  “The more you watch Griffin Reinhart the more you wonder.  If Aaron Ekblad isn’t available to the Edmonton Oilers when they pick third in the NHL Entry Draft – or even if he is – should they offer their first round draft pick to the New York Islanders for the Edmonton Oil Kings shutdown defenceman? Lord knows the Oilers need a ready-to-play-in-the-NHL shutdown defenceman. And if you’ve been watching the Oil Kings this season and especially this play

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LEARN FROM LANDER

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-24

Moving forward, Craig MacTavish and the Oilers have to ensure they don't develop players in the same fashion that they did Anton Lander. Lander is a perfect example of being put in the NHL too quickly. I think Lander will still be a solid NHL player, but his growth was rushed and that has delayed his development.

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David Perron trade a rare brilliant moment for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-24

2013-14 Edmonton Oilers in review: David Perron On any list of Craig MacTavish’s big successes in 2013-14, the acquisition of St. Louis Blues winger David Perron in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and a second round draft pick would rank at the very top. The grinding forward added a chippy presence that the Oilers have lacked in recent years, and he did it while being a top-30 NHL goal scorer. Perron hit a career-high in goals, shots and points in his age-25 season, delivering everything that was expected and more. Better still, there seems little reason to believe his success was unsustainable. Perron’s shooting percentage in 2013-14 was 12.7 percent, a good number to be sure but actually

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The Oilers and OZ Faceoff Losses, 2013-14

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-24

As I poke around in the data from this past season, I’m coming across all sorts of interesting things. One of them is with the Oilers and what happens after they lose an OZ faceoff at 5v5. You can see that they actually started the season really well – they were touching 60% through the [...]

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-04-24

Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), show here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images) The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round. USA vs. Slovakia With a moral victory coming in the form of a big 3-2 penalty sh

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Anton Lander, Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom flash their talent, but Oklahoma City Barons still lose a tough one

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-24

It wasn’t a great game for the Oklahoma City Barons, as the farm team of the Edmonton Oilers lost 3-2 in over-time to the Texas Stars on Wednesday night. The Barons held a two- to-nothing lead mid-way through the second period, only to let in two marginal goals, then see rookie d-man Jordan Oesterle cough up the puck behind his own net, kicking off a sequence of pain that saw the top-ranked Stars score. For all that, though, there were some positive signs in the game, especially from Oilers prospects Darnell Nurse, Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom, who all had their moments. A few notes on the contest (for a more detailed account of each scoring chance for and against the Barons, you can

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Edmonton Oil Kings’ win pushes Medicine Hat Tigers to brink of elimination

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-24

MEDICINE HAT — Once again, goaltending proved to be the deciding factor in this spring’s Edmonton Oil Kings-Medicine Hat Tigers playoff series. Unlike Tuesday night’s affair, however — a close affair won by the host Tigers — puck luck was on the Oil Kings’ side.

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