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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20-YEAR OLD AHL PERFORMANCE (FWDS)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-30

The two best seasons to evaluate for prospects are 17 (the season they are drafted) and their 20-year old (usually first year pro) season. For Oilers fans, the 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City will offer a chance to see several impressive prospects make their pro debut. How will they perform?

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 1: MITCHELL MOROZ

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-29

Mitchell Moroz fits a need going back a long while if he can deliver in all areas required for a big, physical forward who can complement skill forwards. It’s a really difficult job, and it takes awhile to find the range. When we discuss a player-type like Moroz, the temptation to compare him to the outer markers (I’m not going to name him, so you can forget it) is overwhelming. How about we let Mitchell Moroz be Mitchell Moroz, and see where that takes us? MITCHELL MOROZ RE 14-15 PPG NAME GP G A PTS .429 MITCHELL MOROZ OKC RE 14-15 70 15 15 30   MITCHELL MOROZ OILERS RE 14-15 1 0 0 0 This is a reasonable bet for Mitchell Moroz based on the ice-time he’ll probab

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Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov reverts to favourite jersey number

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-07-29

Nail Yakupov may be sporting a new number for the 2014-15 NHL season, but he said it’ll still be the same name on the back of his sweater.“It’s my favourite number from a long time ago,” he said Thursday during the Edmonton Oilers’ hockey school at Servus Credit Union Place. “So yeah, why not, if you have a chance to change it. “I don’t want to say anything is going to change my game or something,” he continued. “I don’t want to talk a lot about this number. I just change number.”

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TALKING THE TALK

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-29

It goes without saying that talking the talk is one thing and walking the walk is quite another, but Nail Yakupov was saying all the right things when he met with members of the media at a hockey school being put on by the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

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She Was Too Good To Me: The Mirage of the Krueger Power Play

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-29

One of the persistent myths about the Oilers’ recent history involves the power play. The myth reads like this: *In 2011-12 Ralph Krueger, then an associate coach under Tom Renney, took over the power play. *From the 2010-11 season to the 2011-12 season, the power play improved from 27th in the NHL (14.5% success rate) to 3rd in the NHL (20.6%), something then GM Steve Tambellini highlighted when promoting the Krueger hire the following season. *As head coach for the 2012-13 season, Krueger continued to ice a successful power play, good enough for 8th in the NHL (20.1%) *Since firing Krueger, the Oilers’ power play has hit the skids and fallen to a paltry 21st in the NHL (17%) O

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Brandon Sutter For 2C?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-29

On Sunday, the Edmonton Journal looked into Penguins’ center Brandon Sutter and his fit in Edmonton, mainly because of a report coming from a Penguins blog, Pens Labyrinth, that stated the Oilers were watching on the center’s contract situation. Sutter is currently a restricted free agent, and is looking for a one-year contract from the Pens. He elected to not take the club to arbitration, and is hoping to work out a deal with the team on his own. On top of this, he has been offered a number of different contract options to re-sign, including a lengthy option that gives the former Canes’ center some stability. The Player: Brandon Sutter is a legit NHL center, and has proven

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