OilersNation at the Summit Collectibles Show

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-18

If you've got nothing going on this weekend, I'd urge you to head down to Millenium Place in Sherwood Park and check out the Summit Collectibles Show. I was helping the Street Team get set up this morning, and it looks like there's going to be a lot of cool stuff to check out. And did I mention that we're going to be there?

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Darnell Nurse could use another game in Major Junior, says OHL insider

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-18

This just in from Sault Star columnist Mike Ruicci, his take that Darnell Nurse could use another year of Major Junior hockey to develop:  “As for Nurse, his status will be determined at the Edmonton Oilers training camp this fall. While Major A teams are obviously here to develop NHL talent, the loss of the 19-year-old (1995 birth year) defenceman would be devastating for the Hounds.  Not only would the Greyhounds be losing a player who spends upwards of 25 minutes on the ice against the opponent’s best forwards, they’d also lose their team leader. “While the player taken No. 7 overall in last year’s NHL draft has tremendous athleticism and determination, I t

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IT'S SPRINGTIME IN OKLAHOMA

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-18

Darnell Nurse and the Oklahoma City Barons take on Iowa tonight, and it's a big game. The Barons are very close to securing a playoff spot—it could come tonight.

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Did the Oilers really improve as the season went along?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-18

One notion floating around is that Edmonton Oilers improved as the season went along, as seen with the team winning 14 out of its last 30 games. But did the club really getting better, or did Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth just play like the second coming of Vlad Tretiak in a good run of games? On Thursday, I wrote this article about the team’s flagging scoring chance differential. Reader Nick Normandeau has put that same information into a graph. It shows the team scoring chances differential total as the season goes along. About half-way through the season, the Oilers were almost even when it came to scoring chances created and scoring chances given up, but they fell of a cliff in the

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Bossa Antigua: MacTavish Should Liberate Kulikov from Floridian Frustration

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-18

Yesterday, I looked at some of the UFA defensemen available this off-season. Today, I want to look at one young RFA defensemen who is ostensibly in rough water with his team but is performing well and might make a good fit for the Oilers. (photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) At his end of the year presser, Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon said this about Kulikov: [Question ON KULIKOV?] Again, inconsistent, everyone’s got to get better. All of us, from me down. We all got to do a better job be more consistent in what we do. That’s what I expect from him to be more consistent, play to his capabilities. We do it some nights we have it, some periods we have but we don’t have it enough on

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Mock Draft

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

Follow me @IanEsplen for fun, Flames and the NHL Draft Now that the lottery is over and we know the order of the first 13 picks I figured I'd take a stab at another mock draft. Let me know what you think via twitter or the message board.   1- FLORIDA- Aaron Ekblad, D The Panthers have taken a couple high-end forwards the past few years, now it's time to add a leader to the talented defencemen they have. Ekblad will be the pick as this team is always near the top of the NHL in goals against.   2- BUFFALO- Sam Bennett, C Ted Nolan likes gritty guys and that is Bennett to a tee. He gives them a No. 1 centre to lead their rebuild.   3- EDMONTON- Michael Dal

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RE 13-14 SAM GAGNER: THESE DREAMS OF YOU

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-18

There are stumbles, there are elevator shafts and there are falls from great, great heights. A few miles past that comes Sam Gagner’s 2013-14 season. In the history of the Oilers, it is hard to remember a season that failed so completely.  SAM GAGNER 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.91 (2nd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 2.51 (9th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 7th toughest among regular forwards Qual Team: 4th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: 7.0 (4th best among regular forwards) (-3.81 CorsiON) Zone Start: 50.9% (6th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 53.4% (best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 138/10.9% (8th among F’s&g

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Kings v. Sharks I: Feeding Frenzy

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

It must be nice to have a hockey team that can pump in five goals in the first two periods before sleep-walking through the rest of the game so nonchalantly. I don't believe the LA Kings are as bad as the team we witnessed Thursday evening, but even before this began I said the team with the more complete roster might not win this. The team that is hungrier and wants it more is going to be victorious. The Sharks did what sharks do during a feeding frenzy. They circled their target. They used size and fear to make the opposition panic. They attacked from every direction, every member of the team at least contributing something. A big hit. A brilliant pass. A snipe. Physical

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Video: Oil Kings set for playoff series against Medicine Hat Tigers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-18

Edmonton Journal sports reporter Alicja Siekierska and Chris O'Leary set up the WHL Eastern Conference final between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers. The first game of the series starts at Rexall place at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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MAKE THE CALL

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-18

Being an Oiler fan means never being completely happy. For many Edmonton fans, the draft has turned from Reinhart versus Ekblad at the top of the draft to Draisaitl versus Bennett at number three. Is there a reason to worry and fret? OF COURSE there is!

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Breaking News: Oilers Young Guns snub Team Canada

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

During the last year, Hockey Canada worked hard to recruit a team that would eventually win the Olympic gold medal. This is no thanks to Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, who at no time during the process were even considered as potential roster players for Team Canada. Taylor Hall in particular took the news hard. While the Oilers were brutal in 2013/2014, Hall put up a career high in points 80. And as the season continued, this group of three were playing tremendous hockey. When Hockey Canada announced today the first 20 names to be added to the Team Canada roster for the world championships, the names Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins were all obviously missing. They s

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John MacKinnon: Edmonton Oil Kings mantra — best defence is a good offence

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-18

For defencemen, managing risk and reward once was a simple equation. If you were Bobby Orr, Guy Lapointe or Brad Park, you went ahead, you took chances, you joined the rush. Heck, you led the rush, in Orr’s case.

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