RE 14-15 TAYLOR HALL: RIVER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-21

Taylor Hall is cast as the hero in our story. Breathtaking in flight, his presence on the ice signals a change in the weather. Hall is the central character in a tragedy that should explode in a spectacular crescendo of brilliant light, and make this journey worthwhile. Some sweet day. TAYLOR HALL 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.78 (4th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.27 (8th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: 10.3 (best among regular forwards) Zone Start: 52.0% (4th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 51.2% (7th best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 186/

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Another year in junior is best for the overall development of Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse, Seidel says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

A major disagreement about what’s best for top Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse has brewed up, with one OHL prospects expert Brock Otten saying it will be a mistake if the Oilers don’t bring him to the NHL, but another, Mark Seidel, shooting back: “I couldn’t disagree more with his (Otten’s) opinion about Darnell Nurse being hurt by being sent back,” Seidel says. Seidel is chief scout of North American Central Scouting (NACScouting). Here’s his take on Nurse: “Nurse is a tremendous prospect for the Oilers that will have a long and productive career but another year in Sault Ste. Marie will be the best for his overall development. He has a

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Can undersized defenceman Brad Hunt surpass expectations for the Edmonton Oilers yet again?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

2014 Edmonton Oilers Prospects: Brad Hunt (unranked) Our annual summer look at the state of Edmonton’s prospect system kicks off today, with a look at Brad Hunt. Before we get to Hunt, some background on the series: - We use eligibility for the NHL’s Calder Trophy requirements to define what a “prospect” is. Any player who has played 25-or-more games in a single season does not qualify (good Oilers examples include Anton Lander and Roman Horak), and neither does any player who has played six-or-more games in two preceding seasons. Also ineligible are any players over the age of 26 as of September 15, 2015 (such as Brad Hunt). If we’ve covered an ineligible player – such as Lander

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2014 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-21

Photo: Coyotes top pick Brendan Perlini, selected 12th overall, led the Niagara IceDogs with 34 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)   The freshly rebranded Arizona Coyotes loaded up on forwards at the 2014 NHL Draft. Although General Manager Don Maloney claimed the organization would merely be targeting the best players available, only two of their nine draft picks were defensemen. The Coyotes organization already boasts a glut of talented veteran and emerging defensemen. Yet, management arrived in Philadelphia lacking scoring punch up front, an issue which was to be exacerbated with the loss of Radim Vrbata to free agency and the buyout of Mike Ribeiro. Maloney was a

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In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-21

In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer? My knowledge of Bogdan Yakimov is limited to what I have found on the internet. Like most of you, I have never seen a KHL game live (or MHL or VHL). I’ve also never been to the Ivan Hlinka tournament or a World Junior [...] The post In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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THE 2014 DRAFT (OILERS)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-21

The Edmonton Oilers flew in to PHL with a small list of needs and one target. Result: They covered all bases. Big franchise center? Check. Goalies of the future? Check. A bunch of men who they don't need to sign in two years? Check and mate.

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“It will be a mistake” to send Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse back to major junior hockey in 2014-15

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

This just in from Ontario Hockey League prospects expert Brock Otten, from his OHL Prospects website, his take on what’s best for a top Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse: “There were quite a few shifts of his this year where he could do pretty much whatever he wanted on the ice and no one could stop him. He established himself as a dominant two-way defender. … He’s a physical force out there and will learn quick. He has the ability to squash the transition game because of how well he moves … Increased intensity level in the corners and in front of the net this year. It was very difficult for the opposition to win battles against him.” Otten’s ov

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OILERS PROSPECTS 2014-15: GREAT EXPECTATIONS (VOL 2)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-20

In our second (and final) look at the Oilers prospect depth chart, we continue to see rows and rows of defensemen, big forwards with a puncher’s chance, and goalies with major to major major issues. No. 21: R John McCarron, Cornell Big Red NCAA. Big 22-year old winger has 100 college games to his name and will stay another winter. He’s a physical player, has been running in place offensively but my guess is they like him and he’ll sign in the spring. No. 22: D Brandon Davidson, Oklahoma City Barons AHL. Lots of competition at the AHL level now, he’s been passed by Marincin and Klefbom with more to come. The defender did receive a callup to the NHL last season, but di

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WHAT ABOUT NAIL?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-20

While Nail Yakupov wrapped up his rookie season as a member of the Edmonton Oilers with a bang, scoring six goals in the team's final three games of 2012-13, he went out with a whimper as a sophomore, sidelined by an injury to end a difficult 2013-14 campaign.

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New and Old Gospel: Gzowski, Coffey, Schultz

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-20

This Summer I’ve been reading Peter Gzowski’s exceptional 1981 book, “The Game of Our Lives.” The book is an account of the Edmonton Oilers 1980-81 season. The 80-81 season was the Oilers’ second year in the NHL, the year they won their first playoff round (swept the Canadiens 3-0), cemented Glen Sather as head coach and discovered a number one goaltender in Andy Moog through a series of injuries to other players. It was the sophomore season of Wayne Gretzky (who would win his first Art Ross and second Hart memorial trophy and establish a variety of records he would go on to break), Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe, the rookie season of Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson an

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OILERS PROSPECTS 2014-15: GREAT EXPECTATIONS (VOL 1)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-20

The Edmonton Oilers could graduate some huge assets to pro hockey this fall, or send them back to junior. Beyond that, there are some nice things turning pro and headed to Oklahoma City. It’s an exciting time for Oiler fans, and another marquee graduation day. C Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers. This is going to be fun. Jason Gregor has him at 215 pounds now, that’s one monster teenager. There are no guarantees in life, but this young man has an enormous chance to make the fall Oilers. He’s in the city working on making that happen, and you have to love the work ethic. D Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie OHL. The Oilers put up roadblock for all of their top-end defensive pros

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Can Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins bring out the best of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the attack?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-20

RNH’s results took a hit in 2013-14, as did the performance of most Oilers centres… Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins showed excellent offensive instincts and had strong results in their respective rookies seasons, but neither has become a star NHL attacker. Gagner will now pursue his career in Phoenix, but can Nugent-Hopkins pick up his attacking game in Edmonton? Nugent-Hopkins and his line seemed somewhat more disjointed in the attacking zone in 2013-14 under coach Dallas Eakins, less able to cycle the puck than they had been under Ralph Krueger in 2012-13. On the power play, Nugent-Hopkins was constantly positioned on the right half-wall, but he lacks a strong shot. Teams gu

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