CAPTAIN VIDEO AND FANCY STATS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

Having more information to draw on when you're building or coaching a NHL team is never a bad thing, be it in the form of grainy VHS videotape or advanced stats and analytics.

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Why I hope I don't see Draisaitl in an Oilers jersey

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-07-24

...at least not next season, that is.

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New-Look Oilers – Part Five

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-24

Last night we looked at the Oilers’ additions on defense, and today we conclude the look at each area with an in-depth look at the additions and subtractions up front. That being said, this is an area that still needs some work. The Oilers are still without a number two center, and my evaluation could change depending on what happens. Elliotte Friedman of CBC suspects the team will be looking for one. That said, even without adding a second line center, the Oilers have done some interesting things, both adding and subtracting some decently big names from the group of attackers. The Subtractions: The Oilers made one trade regarding a forward, and that was moving center Sam Gagner to Tam

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Are the Oilers actually a better posession team now?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-24

Are the Oilers actually a better possession team now?Rather than write yet another post about centre ice, as that horse has been beaten so much all that is left are the shoes, I thought I’d look at another theme that has appeared this off-season; the idea that the new additions make the Oilers a superior possession [...] The post Are the Oilers actually a better posession team now? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers add Tony Borgford to Barons staff

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-07-24

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have appointed Tony Borgford as Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for the Oklahoma City Barons. Borgford, 39, joins the Barons after serving as a Video Coordinator/Coach for the past thre...

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On Justin Schultz’s playing the man, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ shot, David Perron’s backchecking and more…

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-24

8 more affirmations for 8 more Edmonton Oilers… Through the course of a season, players get hundreds of messages from coaches, things they’re supposed to remember, internalize, focus on, improve upon. I suspect players often get message overload. They get way too many instructions from way too many coaches, many of the messages too vague, too general and too inconsistent to be of much use. But when you think about players, there’s often a few specific things that each player really needs to focus on to make a difference in their games. With that in mind, here’s my best guess at the affirmations that eight different Oilers players might repeat to himself  each day this summer as he t

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THE END OF THE STAY-AT-HOMES

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

That's Boston's Don Awrey up against Walter Tkaczuk, 40 years ago. Awrey was a stay-at-home defenseman, and every team had two or three. Shot blockers, penalty killers, tough-as-nails and absolutely filthy compared to the game today. Stay-at-home defensemen aren't stellar puck movers and passers, and the game's progress away from defense and toward controlled retrieval and the outlet pass have made this group less important by the year. Comparing this summer's first round to the 2004 draft—just ten years ago—puts things into perspective.

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Trading for a RFA Centre

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-07-24

With the best UFA centres out of the picture which RFAs should the Oilers target for potential trade options?

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RE 14-15 RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS: CLOUDS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-24

The Edmonton Oilers chose Ryan Nugent-Hopkins No. 1 overall in the summer of 2011. In the three seasons we’ve seen “The Nuge” it’s very obvious he’s a special player. His range of skills is terrific, and he’s a wonder on the power play. We’ve seen enough of him now—even with the injuries and lockout—to make some claims about Nugent-Hopkins and what he’ll be as an NHL player. It’s good, very good. And if he can return to rookie levels at one important discipline, he’ll emerge as an impact player.  RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 11-12 5×5 points per 60: 1.98 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 7.30 (1st among regular forwar

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-24

Edmonton added two significant NHL veterans on the wing over the summer. Both Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot have long track records of even-strength scoring, and have played significant minutes for successful NHL teams. What will they do in Edmonton?

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Edmonton Oilers added two bellicose blueliners this summer to an already deep prospect pool

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-24

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Graeme Craig, C.J. Ludwig, Ty Rimmer (unranked) The Edmonton Oilers have increasingly been making use of AHL contracts to add players of interest to the team’s system. Yesterday, Bruce McCurdy highlighted four skilled forwards who are in the organization on AHL deals, all of them hoping to follow the path of Mark Arcobello, whose NHL career started with a minor-league contract in the Oilers’ system. But it isn’t just forwards the Oilers are pursuing this way – the team has at least two significant defencemen and a goaltender slated to play under AHL contracts next season. The goalie, Ty Rimmer is probably the best known player in the group because it

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New-Look Oilers – Part Four

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-24

So far this week, we have looked at the additions in the front office, behind the bench and in goal. Tonight, we look at the main area of focus this off-season, the blue-line. Luckily for Oiler fans, the team took this hole very seriously for the first time in years, and made a couple of additions to plug some major holes while letting some players walk. The Subtractions: Philip Larsen, who was quite adventurous to say the least, signed in the KHL, as did Anton Belov. Larsen was a pure chaos defender who could move the puck, but couldn’t do much else and was simply a number six or seven guy. Belov showed some promise, but was not consistent and apparently did not like playing for ̶

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