Coach’s Corner: Lack of toughness hurts Flames

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

The Calgary Flames enjoyed a great start to the 2014-15 season before falling on hard times with their current seven-game losing streak. Don Cherry believes the reason the Flames are sputtering heading into the New Year is because they’re not tough enough. “Teams were terrified to go into Calgary [last season],” Cherry said. “You had [Kevin] Westgarth and you had [Brian] McGrattan and if you go in and look sideways at any of those players they would take care of you. Everybody grew.” More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool The Flames brought in some toughness this pa

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Tweener

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-21

View image | gettyimages.com Anton Lander will get to continue his quest to be more than a Tweener in the NHL now that he has been called up again. We remain hopeful that he can turn AHL success into the beginnings of an NHL career, but we've seen this story play out before. 

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Oilers’ Draisaitl to be healthy scratch Sunday

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

For Leon Draisaitl, it’s a case of ‘you can’t play in the World Junior tournament and you can’t play here, either.’ The Edmonton Oilers are expected to make their 2014 first round draft selection a healthy scratch for the first time in his young career on Sunday versus the Dallas Stars. Jim Matheson on Twitter It’s been a long time coming for the rookie, who has struggled in the NHL this season, but it’s a puzzling move given the timing. The Oilers announced earlier this week that they would not be loaning the 19-year old to Team Germany for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Draisaitl is one of a handful of Oilers to appear in all 33 games

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NO. 16 PROSPECT (winter 2014) LAURENT BROSSOIT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-12-21

The day Craig MacTavish took over as GM, everyone knew his task for improvement at the NHL and amateur procurement level involved building up the middle. He drafted Darnell Nurse for the blue and Leon Draisaitl plus Bogdan Yakimov for center. In goal? It’s been a slower process with mid-season acquisition (from last year) Laurent Brossoit leading the way. PREVIOUSLY NUMBER SIXTEEN ON THE LIST December 2004: L Brock Radunske (0) December 2005: L Slava Trukhno (0) December 2006: D Theo Peckham (160) December 2007: D Mathieu Roy (66) December 2008: L Teemu Hartikainen (52) December 2009: L Toni Rajala (0) December 2010: D Taylor Chorney (61) December 2011: G Frans Tuohimaa (0) December 2

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Oilers’ interim coach benefits from big-time mentors and a rocky journey as a player

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-20

Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars will be Edmonton Oilers’ interim bench boss Todd Nelson’s third NHL game as a coach. That’s the same number of games he had as player in Pittsburgh and Washington, if you’re keeping score. “I had four playoff games, too. So actually a total of seven. They kind of held me off for regular-season,” kidded Nelson, a defenceman in junior in Prince Albert, who never fashioned himself a poor man’s Paul Coffey, more like Charlie Huddy.

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Leon Draisaitl will sit out first Edmonton Oiler game

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-12-20

Centre Leon Draisaitl, who has dressed for every Edmonton Oilers’ game in his rookie NHL season, will be a healthy scratch Sunday when the Dallas Stars are here, with farm call-up Anton Lander taking his spot in the lineup. “Leon looks a bit tired of late…it’s always good for a young player to sit out and watch the game from above and get a different perspective. He was accepting of it and undertands and he’ll be back against Arizona (Dec. 23 at Rexall Place),” said interim head coach Todd Nelson, who had a conversation with Draisaitl (two goals, seven points, minus 15, 12:42 ice-time) and informed the 19-year-old centre he’ll be up in the pressbox f

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Leon Draisaitl, Healthy Scratch

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-20

In what can variously be described as a victory for meritocracy, a victory for proper development or a blow to proper development, it appears that the Edmonton Oilers will make Leon Draisaitl a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars.

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Oilers Recall Lander

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-12-20

The Edmonton Oilers center depth chart was perfectly described by former coach Dallas Eakins during training camp, it’s two NHL centers and a bunch of mud. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has turned into a VERY good two-way player in this league, and is a legit option to be the team’s top pivot moving forward. Boyd Gordon is a terrific bottom six center who posts some offense and handles a defensive work load that no one else in the NHL handles. It’s impressive really. Outside of those two however, the Oilers have nothing. Mark Arcobello was decent at the start of the season, but is a total non-factor at this point. He doesn’t produce any offense, and he has struggled to keep up

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-20

Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, our friends at the Royal Half round up a summary of the week that was from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division.

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Time for the Oilers to give Anton Lander a real shot

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-12-20

With news that the Edmonton Oilers had recalled centre Anton Lander from the Oklahoma City Barons for yet another shot at showing what he could do at the National Hockey League level, one can only hope he is afforded the opportunity to show what he might be able to accomplish in a situation that best suits his skill set. After spending much of the last three years in the American Hockey League, the former 2009 second round pick has certainly earned an extended look.

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The Fantasy Minute

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-20

As always, we bring you NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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Roundtable: What’s Next for the Edmonton Oilers?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2014-12-20

The Edmonton Oilers’ disappointing season continued this week with an overtime loss in their first game without Dallas Eakins behind the bench. After 33 games, their 20 points ranks them last in the league – fighting for yet another number one pick. While the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season, Oilers management and ownership seems to have had enough with the team’s losing ways. But what does that mean for guys like Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov? What happens to all the high draft picks the Oilers had over the years – the ones that seemingly haven’t fixed the problems within the organization? Let’s not forget that prior to these ei

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