Five best rookie seasons by No. 1 overall picks

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-03

The Edmonton Oilers are set to enter the 2015-16 season with the game’s most heralded prospect to come along in the last 10 years. Connor McDavid is the ‘next one.’ Drafted first overall like Sidney Crosby, Eric Lindros, and Mario Lemieux before him. He’s the next 18-year-old who’s expected to put a franchise on his shoulders and dominant the National Hockey League like so few others have. Wayne Gretzky called McDavid “the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years.” Lindros says he’s “spectacular.” Crosby says McDavid should ready himself for endless comparisons to Gretzky. With McDavid and No. 2 overall pick Jack E

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Oilers Prospects: The Unsung Heroes

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-03

The Edmonton Oilers prospect system has some very good talent in it. Forwards like Leon Draisaitl, Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen and Greg Chase will patrol the California coast this winter, while defenders like Dillon Simpson and Jordan Oesterle join them. That said, beyond the well known names lies a group of underrated prospects, the unsung heroes of the Edmonton system if you will. The following five players are all guys that I see as potential NHL’ers who no one seems to be talking about. They slip through the cracks because of their faults. None of these players will emerge as superstars, but all of these guys could end up providing Edmonton with some serious de

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Seriously, Mind the Gap

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-03

A look into why the Oilers need more depth at center, and a potential option. A couple of weeks ago, I expressed some concern with the depth the Oilers have at center for the upcoming season. As of today, it appears that the four pivots will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Anton Lander and Mark Letestu. RNH, to me, is a legitimate top six centerman with all the potential in the world to be one the league's best. He took a big step forward last season, posting some very respectable numbers, making expectations much higher this coming season. McDavid may or may not start at center, depending on how training camp goes, but he's penciled in for now and will make

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Monday Mailbag - August 3rd

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-03

Is it really August already? At least that means we're getting closer by the day to seeing our sweet Connor dawn an Oilers uni in real games. Until then you will have to settle for the mailbag. As always, I need your questions to make this segment work. If you have a question you'd like to ask you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. For now it's time to grab a coffee and learn something. Enjoy.

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Why I don’t put much weight on zonestarts percentages when rating individual players

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-03

If you follow advanced stats, one thing you might be trying to get your head around is just how significant are offensive and defensive zone faceoffs when it comes to rating individual players. Just how much should zonestarts percentages impact an individual player’s points production? We can gather a few things about players from their deployment on faceoffs. For example, if a player is put on the ice for a high percentage of offensive zone faceoffs, he’s likely being putting put in that spot because his coach thinks he’s got the skills to take advantage of that situation. On the other side, if a coach deploys a player for a high number of defensive zone faceoffs at even s

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BLH Sunday Night Pint #2

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-02

We’re back for another edition of the BLH Sunday Night Pint! Coincidentally this is the anniversary of the Chris Pronger trade! So Happy Pronger Day everyone!! This week we have Zach “The Ladies Man” Laing (@loweded), Grapplin’ Jack Gruninger (@jackgruninger), and Rob “Don’t Call Me Cookie” Cooke (@cooke_rob) to tackle the hard-hitting Oilers topics of the week! We’re going to start things off with an easy question: 1.Have the Oilers Done Enough to Make the Playoffs in 2015/16? Jack – Not yet, no. They could be close, but unless some younger guys can have a surprise impact at the NHL level, the Oilers aren’t playoff bound yet. I think

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TIME HAS COME TODAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-02

The Edmonton Oilers chose Jujhar Khaira No. 63 overall in 2012 and he turned pro in the fall of 2014. The Oilers, as is their tradition, brought him along slowly. Edmonton’s CHL kids have been handled that way during the Oklahoma swing and the results have been poor. Did the team learn anything from the struggles of Tyler Pitlick, Curtis Hamilton and Ryan Martindale? No. BARONS CENTERS 2014-15 The Oilers have a couple of nice young centers who spent time in OKC this year. Anton Lander finally punched his NHL ticket in January and is being counted on at the NHL level in 2015-16. Bogdan Yakimov saw a spike in his TOI (these totals are via Eric Rodgers, who published them today at Tend th

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Oilers History – MacTavish Top Five Worst

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-02

It’s been a fun week for me going back through the years and picking out the best and worst moves by both Steve Tambellini and Craig MacTavish. Now, we finish the mini-series by looking at the top five worst moves made by the Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish. As I mentioned in the best moves piece, we’re picking from a much smaller timeline, MacT only served as GM of this team for around two years. That said, we have plenty of candidates to pick from, which is too bad. The Moves: 5.) Oilers trade G Devan Dubnyk to NSH for F Matt Hendricks – I have no problem with Matt Hendricks, I like him a lot as a player. He’s a useful part of Edmonton’s bottom six gr

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Cam Talbot one of several Edmonton Oilers’ netminders with plenty to prove in 2015-16

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-02

If Edmonton Oilers are going to make a significant step forward in 2015-16, they desperately need more help from the men between the pipes. The Oilers have had plenty of defensive issues the past two seasons, finishing dead last in the NHL in goals-against both seasons. While many of those problems emanated from a weak blueline group and poor defensive play by the team as a whole, weak netminding has been a significant part of the equation. A sixpack of goaltenders struggled through the 2013-14 campaign, prompting a house-cleaning by then-GM Craig MacTavish, who traded Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Ilya Bryzgalov in-season. MacTavish swapped three future draft picks to bring in veteran b

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TEN YEARS AGO, ON A COLD DARK NIGHT

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-02

Ten years ago today, Kevin Lowe traded for Chris Pronger. It set off a 12-month run in the city we've never really recovered from, but in those early hours after the deal, Edmonton erupted with fist pumps in celebration.

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Prospect Profile: Class of 2015

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-02

Part 3 of my summer feature, Prospect Profile, focuses on the Oilers draft class of 2015. Or rather, the players drafted in 2015 not named Connor McDavid. The significant aspect of the 2015 draft is that it was the last draft that Stu MacGregor and his staff had any input on. With so many middling prospects taken in the previous years, this was welcome news for many Oilers fans, as it signified true change continuing to happen throughout the organization. While McDavid may be the only guaranteed slam dunk of a pick, the Oilers selected some very interesting players this past June   Caleb Jones If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The younger brother of Nashville star

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SACRE BLEU

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-02

Peter Chiarelli added three defensemen into the Oilers mix during one week in June and sent away another. The top end received a badly needed (and quality) addition, while the depth pairing received a ruffian (Gryba) over a young coverage player with a massive wingspan (Marincin). Chiarelli also added Griffin Reinhart, who will look to become one of three (Nurse, Klefbom, Reinhart) cornerstone blue liners for the next decade. SEKERA’S LA VOLLMAN Peter Chiarelli on Andrej Sekera: “He’s a real versatile D. Very strong. He could play in our top pair if need be. You’d like to spread it out so he could be a lynchpin in the second pair. Plays both sides. Played most of the year o

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