Former Oiler Brodziak jumps at chance to play with Blues

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-08-27

When the free-agent doors swung open in July, the team all over Minnesota Wild centre Kyle Brodziak was the opponent he had just played six angry playoff games against — the St. Louis Blues. As the one-time Edmonton Oilers forward said, probably my “most hated team” after playing the Blues 30 times during the last six years with the Wild.

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HOW GOOD IS ANTON SLEPYSHEV?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-27

Craig MacTavish’s reputation is taking a beating this summer—the problems on defense track back to his desk—but there are some things on the good side of his ledger. One of them may (MAY) be the 2013 draft and that crazy trade(s) that garnered a lot of interesting bets. Craig MacTavish: “He has a dynamic skill set. High-speed skill. He competes well. There’s plenty of tools there.” Corey Pronman released his Top 10 Prospects Oilers Edition today, and young Slepyshev ranked No. 4. The list is here and I wrote about it here. Pronman: “He’s a highly skilled playmaker with good speed, whose all-around game and ability to win battles have been issues.” One of

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PRONMAN'S LIST, OILERS EDITION

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-27

Corey Pronman of ESPN released his top 10 list of Oilers prospects earlier today. Earlier in the summer, Pronman ranked Edmonton's prospect list No. 1 in the entire NHL on the strength of the Connor McDavid selection. The 10 list is a fascinating look at the Oilers immediate and long-term future.

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Edmonton Oilers’ worst contract this year? Teddy Purcell, says NHL writer Richardson

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-27

My own pick isn’t Purcell, it’s Mark Fayne … This in from the sharp, sane and informed NHL writer Lyall Richardson, his nomination for the worst contract for 2015-16 season for the Oilers. Richardson argues that Teddy Purcell is the best candidate on the Oilers for that dubious distinction. Purcell is on the final year of a three-year deal paying him $4.5 million this year. Writes Richardson: “In 82 games, Purcell scored 12 goals and 34 points. He tied for fourth in team scoring and tied for second in power-play goals with five. Why it’s the worst: Since Purcell’s career-best 65-point season in 2011-12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, his production has ste

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Gone by the Deadline

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-27

Peter Chiarelli made some headway this summer, but the Edmonton Oilers’ roster remains flawed in many ways. The goaltending is uncertain, the defence is loaded to the gills with third-pairing types and even the forward corps has some discernible weaknesses. In short, the general manager isn’t close to finished yet, because realistically there are a finite number of things he can do in a single summer. Chiarelli does have a history of making in-season moves though, and I’d expect that a lot of the names on the opening night roster for 2015-16 are long gone by the time Game 82 rolls around.

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Predicting Canada’s roster for the World Cup

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-27

The World Cup of Hockey returns in just over a year and could very well represent the only opportunities to see best-on-best competitions between nations until at least the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. What would Team Canada’s 2016 roster look like if it were to assembled right now? We put together a hypothetical roster based on statistical analysis; here’s what it looks like. Up front I’ve started with a list of names over the age of 23 as of September 2016 considered obvious possibilities. The key numbers here are relatively straight-forward. Five-on-five skill is critical; Canada ideally wants players who can put up big numbers at even-strength, can play tough minutes and whose t

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Bakersfield Condors Release Their 2015/16 Schedule

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-27

The Oilers' AHL affiliate releases their schedule. The AHL released their schedule for the 2015/16 season this morning. If you're interested, you'll find the Bakersfield Condors schedule below. Why might you be interested? Maybe you're planning a trip down south, perhaps to sunny California to avoid Edmonton's winter just a few days, and maybe you also have the time (and an understanding significant other) to take in a Condors game as well. Because, well, why not? Day Date Time Opponent Fri 10/9/2015 7:00 PM Grand Rapids Sat 10/10/2015 7:00 PM Ontario Fri 10/16/2015 7:05 PM @ San Diego Sat 10/17/2015 7:00 PM San Jose Fri 10/23/2015 7:00 PM @ Ontario Sat 10/24/2015 7:00 P

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Oilers Entertainment Group Announce Partnership with Aramark for Food & Beverage at Rogers Place

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-08-27

EDMONTON (August 27, 2015) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today a partnership with Aramark to provide food and beverage services for Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers scheduled to open in September 2016. Under ter...

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KIND OF BLUE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-27

I imagine the conversations between Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan these days are about the blue. If we take the current Oilers defense and slot them in a way Todd McLellan might be doing, it looks like this: Veteran two-way top four D: Andrej Sekera Veteran stay-at-home top four D: Mark Fayne Young NHL defensemen who should be somewhat sheltered: Oscar Klefbom Young NHL defensemen who should be completely sheltered: Justin Schultz Veteran depth defensemen: Nikita Nikitin, Eric Gryba, Andrew Ference Close to NHL-ready defensemen: Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart, Brandon Davidson The top six today, if they had a game tonight, might be: Sekera—Fayne (MF had a similar role with Andy Gre

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#19 - It’s a Party: Martin Gernat Is In The Top 25

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-27

A look at how Martin Gernat secured a Top 20 spot. The Top 25 Under 25 is a list of the Copper and Blue contributors' evaluations of some of the Oilers most promising young talent. Found in the Top 25 Under 25 are both proven NHL players and prospects at various levels of development. Among the prospects looking to prove themselves is Martin Gernat. Gernat slides into the Top 25 Under 25 in position 19. The lanky 22-year-old Slovak finds his ranking sliding from last year's ranking of 11 to this year's 19. Objectively, the 19th position is probably a more accurate assessment of where Gernat currently ranks in both the Oilers defensive depth charts and developmental readiness. Ben Cu

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Professor Fancystats Presents: Corsi

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-27

Whether you like it or not it's a fact of life in 2015 that analytics, or advanced stats, have started to take hold of the conversation in all circles of hockey. For those of us who are not well versed in anything mathematics related understanding these concepts can seem fairly daunting. But fear not, our old friend Professor Fancystats is here to help guide you into the exciting world of hockey statistics! Our first post in an on-going series will talk about all things Corsi. Please enjoy and we hope this helps you get a better understanding of how these statistics work, and make you sound smarter at dinner parties or work functions!  

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Oilers Predictions Part 2 – The Defense

Source: OilerHockey
Date: 2015-08-27

I talked about the forward group for 2015 here. The Oilers have 10 Defencemen who I believe will be in contention to make the team out of training camp and there will be some upset fans when the team decides to send players to the minors even though they may have outplayed veterans in training camp. The candidates are: Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Mark Fayne, Justin Shultz, Eric Gryba, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ferrence, Griffin Reinhart, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson. It will not surprise me in the least if any of Nurse, Reinhart or Davidson outplay Ferrence or Nikitin in training camp but unless there are men going on the injury reserved list I will be shocked if any of the three make t

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