HEART LIKE A WHEEL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-04

This blog has talked about balance a lot over the years and we have focused this spring on the need for (two) righty defensemen. Once Peter Chiarelli solves that problem, he will need to shore up the righty center depth chart—or, perhaps more accurately—create one. OILERS RHC, PRO LEVEL Mark Letestu, checking NHL C Kyle Platzer, matriculating This is awful. Edmonton had two dandy RHCs when they made the SCF in 2006 (Peca, Stoll) and since then everyone (Platzer aside) they have drafted (Sam Gagner, Riley Nash, Tyler Pitlick, Greg Chase) who fits the bill has moved to wing, got their ass traded, or both. That isn’t very damned many draft picks over a decade either. THE BLUE SKY L

Continue Reading

Reviewing NHL Officiating

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-04

This past season, approximately around November or December, I began to take note of the officiating in the NHL games I was watching. Specifically, it was the worst I could recall watching in over 30 years. Now, granted, the memory is a tricky mistress and we are all sometimes subject to its illusory deceptions, but how on earth could I reconcile what I was seeing with my eyes with the niggling doubts of objectivity? Surely the officiating in the NHL wasn’t THAT bad, it was just that I was a long-suffering fan of a team that hasn’t been relevant since before Connor McDavid hit puberty. So what to do about it. Beginning in March, I set out on a project to track penalty infractions, misse

Continue Reading

Matthews vs. McDavid and 9 other reasons the worlds will be awesome

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-04

Flush with exciting young talent and brimming with consequence, the 2016 IIHF World Championship begins Friday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. With individual performances possibly impacting the World Cup, the NHL Draft and free agency, boy, are there some interesting story lines at play this May. Here are 10 reasons we’ll be watching. 1. Auston Matthews vs. Patrik Laine Matthews, the consensus first-overall pick (and presumed future Toronto Maple Leaf star), will skate head-to-head against the guy who believes he can catch him. Top NHL prospects 1 and 2 looked like the instant pros they are projected to be in Tuesday’s exhibition game between USA and Finland. Each notche

Continue Reading

BLH NHL Playoffs Weekly Recap Apr 24th-May 3rd

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-05-03

  Ah round two of the NHL Playoffs have begun and we have some good series. I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched as much of the playoffs this year as I did last year. I think it’s because of it being crunch time at work (teaching gig!) and some weird times for some games. Still you have some really good match ups with the Blues vs the Stars (tied 1-1), Islanders and Lightning (tied 1-1) Sharks vs Predators (Sharks up 2-0, boo San Jose boo) and Penguins vs Capitals (Penguins up 2-1). My Playoffs bracket has taken a severe beating: My Stanley Cup pick (The Ducks) are out. Only 4 teams I chose (The Stars, Lightning, Penguins and Capitals) advanced. Not winning any brackets

Continue Reading

THE OILERS AND THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN (2016 DRAFT)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-03

Since 2008, the Edmonton Oilers have chosen six prospects from Sweden and their return on investment has been good. Will the team spend resources there in 2016? NHL PLAYERS/SWEDISH PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR 2015 NHL draft—211 total players, 18 from Sweden 2014 NHL draft—210 total players, 29 from Sweden 2013 NHL draft—211 total players, 26 from Sweden 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 21 from Sweden 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 25 from Sweden 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 21 from Sweden 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 22 from Sweden 2008 NHL draft,  211 total players, 19 from Sweden FINAL TALLY: 1,686 total players, 181 from SEL PERCENTAGE: 10.7% OILERS PLAYERS/SWEDISH

Continue Reading

Connor McDavid scores as Canada beats Czechs in exhibition

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid scored while teammate Cam Talbot combined with Winnipegs Jet goaltender Calvin Pickard for 19 saves as Canada beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in a world championship exhibition game Tuesday. Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly and Colorado’s Matt Duchene also scored for Canada, the defending world champions. “(The game) brought back great memories from last year’s win,” said Duchene, who was part of Canada’s undefeated team last year. “We are only to get better as the tournament goes on.” Canada opens the 2016 world championship Friday against the United States in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Continue Reading

Matthews, Laine make this year’s worlds something to see

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

For even the most enthusiastic hockey head, the world championship can have a vegetable element to it: You know you should, but you’re not always super jazzed to consume. The 2016 event though, is an exception, with excitement building before the main course is even served. It’s not exactly a common occurrence to find fans in Canadian cities scouring the Internet for a live stream of a pre-tournament game between the United States and Finland, but we’re willing to bet a significant chunk of Toronto and Winnipeg was doing just that during lunch on Tuesday as people scrambled to get a glimpse of their next great hope. While the world championship doesn’t officially kick off until Frida

Continue Reading

Speaking Of... 4th Overall

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-03

Embed from Getty Images A large moan was heard across Canada when Bill Daly showed the world that big, stupid Toronto Maple Leafs logo, signifying they're the winners of the first overall pick. Am I upset they won it? Yes. But we won the lottery of all lotteries with  Connor McDavid, and nothing will compare to the feeling of winning him last year, not even Auston Matthews. Unfortunately the hockey gods were sending a message to the Oilers this year by not even giving them the second pick. Instead, the Oilers fell two more spots, landing the fourth overall pick.

Continue Reading

Jason Gregor: Edmonton Oilers' fourth-overall draft pick should produce solid NHLer now or in the future

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-03

What will Peter Chiarelli do with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft? Many of you have already asked this question, and I suspect we won’t know what he does until the first round of the draft on June 24. If he trades the pick, it is most likely to occur on the draft floor after the Columbus Blue Jackets have made their selection at No. 3. Would Chiarelli trade the pick before he knows for certain if Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are off the board? I’m guessing no. The most difficult aspect heading into this draft is assessing the value of the selection. Its true worth depends on how team’s view the players they co

Continue Reading

For Marner, winning OHL MVP once is great. Twice, not so much.

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

If the Red Tilson Trophy is to be trusted, Mitch Marner has nothing more to learn or prove in junior hockey. The award, handed to the London Knights right winger, annually goes to the best player in the Ontario Hockey League. Many past winners in ye olde OHA days went on to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Frank Mahovlich, Yvan Cournoyer, Gil Perreault and Rod Gilbert among them. (I remember Bobby Smith shattering league records to eclipse Wayne Gretzky back in ’78, but someone please explain to me how Bobby Orr didn’t win in his year.) More recent winners have gone on to contemporary NHL superstardom, a number that includes John Tavares and last year’s winner Connor McDavid. (And

Continue Reading
NHLJETS.com Habhockey.com Leafhockey.com nhlflames.com