Sidney Crosby Sees a Lot of Himself in Oilers Phenom Connor McDavid

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-27

LAS VEGAS — Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid left Las Vegas last week without any new hardware for their trophy shelves, an unfamiliar experience. Missing out on individual awards is as rare as snowfall in this town. Thing is, Crosby and McDavid still drew the most attention, from media and autograph hounds alike, at the NHL Awards ceremonies. Crosby is not this year's Hart Trophy winner, and McDavid is not the Rookie of the Year. But Crosby remains the biggest star in the league, and McDavid is widely regarded as his heir apparent. There is so much in common between the two, starting with the fact they had the biggest media buildups of any players over the last 30 years entering

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SEE THE SKY ABOUT TO RAIN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-26

The draft is done, but the real work of summer remains on the horizon. Peter Chiarelli has mountains of work still on his desk. The draft may have given him an option on NHL RW but the blue remains unsolved and the heavy work remains undone. I think we can begin talking about an exiting portsider, but more on that later. THE CHIARELLI LIST Top-pairing RHD (Two-way skills) Second-pairing RHD (Offensive defenseman) Acquire RHC with some skill Backup goalie None of the major items have been checked off, although the acquisition of Jesse Puljujarvi could impact No. 3 on this list (Leon could stay at center, and the righty would be the Finn). I hesitate to cross everything off because counting

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The Curious Case Of The 2016 Edmonton Oilers Draft

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-06-26

If you told me that the Oilers wouldn’t accomplish ANYTHING, not a single thing, off my off-season shopping list at the draft, I’d tell you that I would be an irate mess. Peter Chiarelli didn’t address one single item on that list in Buffalo this past weekend. Sure, he may have had discussions, but nothing came to fruition on the draft floor. Yet, here I am, on Sunday afternoon, writing about how great of a weekend the Edmonton Oilers just had. Wait, what? Yeah, this is out of character for me, but I truly believe that the Oilers are a stronger organization today than they were Friday afternoon. Even though no deals were completed, they are in a much better spot to make som

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Who should be 2016’s Hockey Hall of Fame class?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-26

It’s that time of year again. The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its 2016 inductees Monday. Last year saw Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Nick Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Angela Ruggiero named to the Hall, and it will be impossible to hit that high-water mark with those who are eligible this time around — perhaps making this year so interesting. Is it finally Eric Lindros’s time? Debate will rage with the announcement but why wait? Here are some candidates in the player category, men’s and women’s. Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya These two are paired here not just because of their prolific careers but for the spectre of head trauma that surrounded them both. Part

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TRADING NAIL

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-26

If the Edmonton Oilers are going to trade Nail Yakupov this summer, it would seem doing it now is a good idea. Teams still have balls in the air, needs to be addressed, and problems they would like to get rid of before everyone hits the beach for summer. Where is the Russian phenom headed?

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July 1 the next deadline for defencemen trades

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-26

The Edmonton Oilers were unable to secure a top defenceman at this summer’s NHL Draft. This is certainly concerning, but the good news for the Oilers is that they were not alone: Nobody secured a top defenceman. In fact, outside of a swap of somewhat comparable second-pair defenders between Buffalo and Florida, no NHL defender of any importance even moved. Leaving aside the unlikely possibility that no defencemen are going to be traded at all this summer that means there’s still action to come.

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2016 NHL Draft Results: Full Review, Grade for Each Franchise

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-26

While the second day of the 2016 NHL draft from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, might have not provided the star power or grandeur of Friday night's first round, 181 players heard their names called in Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday. Given the sheer number of players taken, it's unlikely all of them will play in the NHL, but the possibility of what lies ahead is what makes this event special for the numerous prospects.  For the teams, though, the business of winning is priority No. 1, and the draft is a great way to acquire players who could make a big impact one day. Here's a look at how each team fared over the two days in Buffalo: Which Teams Had the Best Draft Nights? Ca

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A quick look at Spurgeon, Dumba and Brodin

Source: Because Oilers
Date: 2016-06-26

There's lots of smoke around an EDM-MIN trade right now with RNH going out, and all of Dumba, Brodin and Spurgeon have been mentioned as the key part of the return.To that end I'm going to have a quick look at these 3 and see if we can figure out if any of them are worth RNH.I'm going to include Brodin even though Chiarelli (correctly) has stated that "As I've said, I'd prefer a right-shot defenceman.  That's what I'm focusing on" sourceBrodin is a left-shot and likes to play the right side and is included in most of the rumours so I'm including him.I would really like to have each Dman's results against the best of the NHL as I think that's very important when evaluating a player

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TRUST YOUR BOARD

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-26

As a fan of the NHL, few things have more appeal to me than the draft. I became interested during the lead up to the 1971 draft (junior hockey was front page news that year) and never really left. During the period just before the draft, fans are gifted with several tools—Bob McKenzie's list, NHL combine attendees and process—to help us follow along. How did the Oilers do? Let's have a look.

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This is How I’d Have Done It

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-06-26

I’ve had a day to recover from covering the draft for the Oilers and I figure it’s time to go though what the Oilers did, review the players and add my two cents as to who I would’ve picked instead. I’m happy with the players that the Oilers got to an extent. I reckon Chiarelli and Green went reaching at times when they didn’t necessarily have to but took great advantage of some players that had fallen. Like Puljujarvi for example. 4th overall: Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (Finland), 6’3″, 208lbs “Puljujarvi is an offensive fixture who skates like the wind and provides size on the wing. He has an explosive first step for a big body and no n

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