Chiarelli Continues to Weigh All Options with No. 4 Overall Pick

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-24

With exactly a month to go until the NHL Entry Draft, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli is still weighing his options with the No.  4 overall pick. While using the selection to draft a young blueliner or possibly stay the course and take London Knights sniper Matthew Tkachuk, Chiarelli said on Monday that his plan is to win now, because “we owe it to the fans to get better in a relatively short period of time.” That once again raises the question, will Chiarelli move the pick to add an established top-four defenceman? It’s looking more like that will be the scenario that plays out heading into the draft. “Would I look to move it? We want to win. I took

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Oilers reporters lace up the skates for good cause

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2016-05-24

Oilers TV Reporter and Host Tom Gazzola, as well as edmontonoilers.com Head Writer Chris Wescott will be among the local media personalities lacing up for a good cause on May 28. The fourth annual DirtyBirds Charity Tournament will take place M...

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10 World Championship takeaways: Sad Laine, Toronto-ready Matthews

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-24

Canada rules again, top draft prospects Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews surpassed their own hype, Nail Yakupov got slammed by the Russian coach, and Brad Marchand befriended Brendan Gallagher. Here are 10 important takeaways from 2016’s thrilling IIHF World Championship. 1. Sad Laine, happy Jets Patrik Laine, the presumptive second-overall selection of the upcoming NHL Draft, came painfully close to winning his third major title of 2016. The 18-year-old, who had a brilliant scoring chance turned away by Canada’s Cam Talbot in Sunday’s gold-medal game, had to settle for a silver to go along with his 2016 world junior and SM-liiga championships. He did tie Sweden’s Gus

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Off-Season Targets: Jason Chimera

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-24

Back in the summer of 2008, I would patrol the Edmonton Oilers message board on the team’s website and talk with fans about possible additions for the team in the coming off-season. That spring, I mentioned adding Mike Comrie as a third line center. I had about fifteen people tell he would never be an Oiler again and that was that. Ironically, I’m young enough where I wasn’t fully aware of Comrie’s previous stint and exit from Edmonton. Over a year later, Mike was back in Edmonton in a shocking development. Could Jason Chimera, a gritty veteran leader, be the next version of Comrie? The Edmonton native left years ago, but under a new management team and with a new sup

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5 Oilers Prospects to Watch in 2016-17

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-24

After failing to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a tenth consecutive season, the Oilers will be looking to make significant changes to their roster in the off-season of 2016. As has long been the case, Edmonton remains in search of NHL caliber defensemen who retain both experience and ability at hockey’s highest level. Ideally, General Manager Peter Chiarelli would like to add one, if not two defenders who can make an immediate impact in the Oilers’ lineup, yet whether doing so will come via a free agent signing or monumental trade remains to be seen. However, whatever the case may be, Edmonton will still require a number of high quality prospects in their system in order to s

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FREAK TURBULENCE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-24

It is difficult to believe, but come this fall it will have been six summers since Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle emerged as twin towers of the future in Edmonton. The training camp roster was announced in mid-August—these days it is about one month later—and the sense we all got was that these young men were going to lead the team to the promised land. Hall was assigned No. 84, I said the buzz around town was greater than anything we had seen since the olden days. Eberle was No. 78, and there was enough secondary talent to create real excitement: Taylor Hall, now at 381 games and averaging 28-43-71 per 82gp. Jordan Eberle, now at 425 games and averaging 28-36-64 per 82gp. Magnus Paajarv

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Finland’s international golden era has just begun

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-24

Call him The Narrative Slayer. When Connor McDavid charged the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Canada’s 2-0 golden performance at the World Championship in Russia, the young Oilers star punctured a pretty good storyline in the making. That being, of course, that a Finland victory would have given Suomi all three major IIHF men’s titles this year. But while Finland may have lost at the worlds, the country’s gold medals at the world juniors and world under-18s were reason enough to believe that Finland is entering a golden era of hockey. And hey; getting shut down by Canada in the gold-medal game isn’t exactly a letdown. Finland had been flawless

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Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip, and the Oilers 2016 Draft Options: 2nd Round and Beyond

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-05-24

  EDMONTON, ALTA: AUGUST 5, 2010 — Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles at the Edmonton Folk Festival in Edmonton, August 5, 2010. (Ed Kaiser-Edmonton Journal) Before we get into Kieron’s post and on behalf of everyone here at Beer League Heroes, I (BLH) just want to send our best wishes Gord Downie, his family, and The Tragically Hip. On their website, the band announced that Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The Tragically Hip weren’t my favourite band but they certainly hold a place in my heart. Songs like “Courage”, “Little Bones”, and “50 Mission Cap” were amongst only a few that I had blaring out my ca

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What will the final Team North America roster look like?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-24

ST. LOUIS — Peter Chiarelli knew this was going to happen. The Team North America co-general manager said as much back in February. “It’s a cross between pro scouting and amateur scouting,” he said of trying to pick the Under-24 team for this fall’s World Cup of Hockey. “These players change way more than 25- or 26-year-olds. An older player can have a lull in his game, but you know what you’re going to get. These guys, their swings are huge.” Case in point: Chiarelli politely dismissed Auston Matthews’ chances of making this team back in March. “He’s got an uphill road,” he said then. Now, how can they not include Matthews, who looked very much at home playing for Te

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-24

Embed from Getty Images A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.

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