RE 14-15 TYLER PITLICK: CIRCLE GAME

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-31

Tyler Pitlick’s career progression has been a carousel—constant movement, and no time for stopping and settling in one place. His pro career began with three seasons (mostly) in Oklahoma City, but even at that he didn’t see the ice as much as he should have because of injury and ineffective play. It won’t matter much if he makes it, and ‘making it’ is pretty important this fall. TYLER PITLICK 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.68 (13th among forwards) 5×4 points per 60: nil Qual Comp: 14th toughest competition among regulars (fourth line) Qual Team: 12th best competition among regulars (third line) Corsi for 5×5 %: 41.5 Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -2.9 Zone Start: 23%

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The trade that brought Kale Kessy to the Edmonton Oilers was a bad one, but he’s still developing on the farm

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-31

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #27 Kale Kessy It’s unfair to Kale Kessy, who didn’t engineer the trade, but it seems obvious that his progression is always going to be compared to Tobias Rieder, the prospect that the Edmonton Oilers moved to Arizona in order to acquire Kessy’s rights. Picked just three selections apart in the 2011 Draft, Kessy brings size and strength but was a late-bloomer offensively while Rieder lacks stature but plays a complete game that includes significant scoring numbers. As rookie pros, the results favour Rieder decidedly; he scored 28 goals and was a leading light for his AHL team while Kessy scored twice and spent time in the ECHL. But while those compariso

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Darnell Nurse: Stay Or Go?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-31

Last night, we looked at 2013 first round draft pick Darnell Nurse and his style of play, strengths, and weaknesses. Today, we’ll ask the burning question regarding the top-prospect on defense, should he stay or should he go? The Current Roster: The Oilers have five players that will 100% be on the roster this coming season. New additions Nikita Nikitin and Mark Fayne are seen as top-four options by the club, while captain Andrew Ference, veteran Jeff Petry, and current RFA Justin Schultz will all be returning to action. Martin Marincin, barring a training camp collapse, will likely be back as well, while Keith Aulie, signed July 1st, seems to have the number seven spot in his grip, an

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The Sheriff: Puck Possession, An Argument from Intimidation

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-31

The role of fighters has been much discussed over the past year. Travis Yost tackled the myth of momentum here (see also this post from Jonathan Willis from a couple of years ago). Adam Gretz looked at the myth of protection here. And, in more recent days Trevor Linden has openly questioned fighting’s role in today’s NHL. Yesterday, Jonathan Willis had an interesting post on roster construction (in this case, the Oilers’ attempt to recreate the Chicago Model, on which see my own post here) in the presence of an enforcer, i.e., Luke Gazdic. You can read his post here. [For reference, I've looked at Gazdic before here and talked about enforcers before here] Willis’ ar

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A BIG YEAR FOR ROOKIES?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-31

A year ago, I wrote "I don't think we'll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season" which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I've got it covered this time!

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2014 NHL Draft: WHL draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-31

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart was the Sabres highest selection since Pierre Turgeon was chosen first overall by the club back in 1987 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)   Heading into the 2014 NHL Draft, both the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) knew their top eligible prospects would be jockeying for the coveted first pick overall. When the Florida Panthers did not receive a satisfactory offer after openly shopping the number one pick, they chose to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts. He was the first of 10 OHL players chosen in Round One, which also included nine players from the WHL. The overall total

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 2: ANDREW MILLER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-30

It is always dangerous to make a judgement based on first impressions. Andrew Miller looked slow and undersized during his first exposure to the Oilers fanbase last fall, and frankly didn’t post much offense early in Oklahoma territory. However, as the year rolled along arrows began to land in a good direction, and now we have a prospect of interest to follow. ANDREW MILLER 13-14 REVIEW PPG NAME GP G A PTS .726 ANDREW MILLER OKC RE 13-14 73 16 37 53 .654 ANDREW MILLER OKC ACTUAL 13-14 52 8 26 34 ANDREW MILLER RE 14-15 PPG NAME GP G A PTS .676 ANDREW MILLER OKC RE 14-15 65 14 30 44 .000 ANDREW MILLER OILERS 14-15 1 0 0 0 ODDS AND SODS Corey Pronman: The 24 year ol

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Is Jake Gardiner’s five-year extension a fair comparable for Justin Schultz?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-30

On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs shifted course dramatically on defenceman Jake Gardiner, signing the former University of Wisconsin standout to a five-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4.05 million. In Edmonton, meanwhile, Justin Schultz remains unsigned. Could he sign a contract comparable to the one his ex-Badgers teammate just inked?

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RE 14-15 TEDDY PURCELL: THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-30

Chances are, if you’re trading your lottery pick sevens summers after arrival, things have not gone well in the recent past. For Oiler fans, that statement is worth both a tear and a giggle. It has been an enormous disappointment. Sam Gagner’s Oiler career ended in a wildly disappointing fashion, and for that reason I think it’s safe to say the return was better than expected under the circumstances.  TEDDY PURCELL 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.37 (7th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.34 (7th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (second-line opp) Qual Team: 4th best teammates among regular forwards (second-line teammate

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Frans Tuohimaa, International Man of Mystery, joins Oilers’ crease battle from a ways back

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-30

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #28 Frans Tuohimaa It’s not easy to find a young goaltender with a surefire future in the National Hockey League. Ask the Edmonton Oilers, who in the past six years have drafted no fewer than six stoppers, traded for Laurent Brossoit, and dipped into the free agent market time and again for the likes of Ty Rimmer and Chet Pickard. The result has been a veritable clearing house of the crease, that in 2013-14 saw no fewer than nine (9) netminders tending the twine for the Oil’s top farm team in Oklahoma City. The last of these was Frans Tuohimaa, who joined the team late in the year after his season in Finland’s SM-Liiga came to a close.He back

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Should the Edmonton Oilers make a play for Mikhail Grigorenko?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-30

The Buffalo Sabres are blessed with probably the deepest group of prospects in the NHL today. The club further owns three first-round picks in next year’s draft, reputed to be one of the best in recent memory. The team has also made long-term, big-money commitments to a pair of 24-year-old centres on Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis. With a pile of quality prospects on the way, and three young players (Hodgson, Ennis, 2014 No. 2 overall pick Sam Reinhart) presumably anchoring the Sabres at centre for years to come, is it possible that Mikhail Grigorenko might slip loose? If he does, is he a player that Edmonton should be interested in? There is certainly a positional argument for Grigorenko’

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Darnell Nurse: A look Forward

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-30

The Oilers broke established tradition and took a defender with their first pick for the first time in many moons at the 2013 entry draft, picking big Darnell Nurse from the OHL. Nurse, who comes from an athletic family, brought the skill-set and elements that Edmonton was badly lacking to the group of defensive prospects in the system. A little over a year later, and Nurse has a whole training camp and pre-season under his belt, as well as a dominate draft year +1 in juniors. He’s developed very nicely to this point, and is looking like a player that might be ready to push for NHL employment as early as this coming season. The Oilers have put roadblocks up in the forms of Nikita Nikit

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