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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Taking The Step?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-24

Over the summer we heard Craig MacTavish call Taylor Hall a star player. This is something that anyone who has ever paid attention to the Oilers knows already as a fact, this was simply just a statement by the GM that led into something a little bit bigger, a challenge. Our friend Lowetide posted a quote today from the summer that got me thinking, it was from the GM, and it went a little something like this… (Nuge and Eberle) have a lot of room for growth. … We need to see whether they’re going to be good players or whether they’re going to be star players This quote was a challenge in my mind to these guys back in the summer to take the next step. For Jordan Eberle, it’s y

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Positive vibes for Oilers in wake of back-to-back wins (with video)

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-24

After wrapping up a practice session that was sandwiched between the Edmonton Oilers second victory of the season and their next home game, there was plenty of discourse about the work that still has to be done. And rightly so, the team is just 2-4-1. But after slogging through the first five games without a victory, it was seemingly a little easier going about the tasks at hand after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals.

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Oilers winger David Perron still looking for his first goal of the season

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-24

Last year David Perron finished the Oilers scoring race tied for first with Jordan Eberle at 28 goals.

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Oilers not focused on possible three-win streak or Hurricanes' struggles

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-23

In the old days, the Edmonton Oilers were disappointed when they couldn’t get three Stanley Cup banners in a row.

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Oilers veteran acquisitions Mark Fayne, Benoit Pouliot, Teddy Purcell and Nikita Nikitin have no regrets

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-23

You’d think, after their fifth consecutive loss to start the season with their new team, free agent acquisitions Teddy Purcell, Mark Fayne, Benoit Pouliot and Nikita Nikitin would have been telling each other “Oh my gawd, what have we done?”

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OILERS TOP 20 PROSPECTS: ARROWS UP AND DOWN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-23

We’re one month away from the Top 20 Prospects (winter edition) and it’s time to begin the evaluation of each player. It’s usually pretty obvious—Leon Draisaitl good, Taylor Fedun isn’t helping AT ALL—but here are the players under consideration for the winter top 20 and how they’re dong. The summer list is here. C Leon Draisaitl—Up arrow. Made the NHL team, has two points in seven games and is playing in the world’s best league. He’ll turn 19 on Monday, probably against the Habs. Leon played D Darnell Nurse—Up arrow. Played his first NHL games and is now in junior where he’ll likely dominate before turning pro. D Martin Marincin—Maj

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Hockey World Short Shifts: Ex-NHL sniper Craig Simpson can relate to Edmonton Oilers rookie Leon Draisaitl

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-23

Former Edmonton Oilers winger Craig Simpson has more than a passing interest in what happens to rookie centre Leon Draisaitl. Simpson was the second overall pick in 1985, and stuck at 18 with the Pittsburgh Penguins (not a good team like the current Oilers) before being part of the Paul Coffey trade in 1987.

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Here comes the BOOM!!

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-23

#457688420 / gettyimages.com There is no shortage of talented forwards for Eakins to run for the power play. The additions of Purcell, Pouliot and Draisaitl have really bolstered the pool of talent he can choose from. Fitting the pieces together, creating a dangerous, above average and momentum building power play is the challenge for Eakins.

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Video: Edmonton Oilers should keep Leon Drasaitl in NHL, say Journal hockey scribes

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-23

Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne Ireland, and sports columnist John MacKinnon, discuss the merits of the Edmonton Oilers keep their most-recent first-round draft pick, centre Leon Draisaitl, on the NHL roster.

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Visualizing Save Percentage Plus: Part Three 2011-2014

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-23

Goaltending had not been the problem in Edmonton... This is the final part of a series on Save Percentage Plus (SV%+), a metric conceived by Kurt R at Broadstreet Hockey. As discussed in part one and part two of this series SV%+ is calculated as follows: SV%+ = (1-league average SV%)/(1-player SV%) What I like about SV%+ is that it expresses goalie performance in relation to a league average. League average save percentages can vary greatly between seasons. SV%+, therefore, provides a basis for comparison between seasons. In this particular analysis I have visualized even-strength (esSV%+) and short-handed (shSV%+) performance separate from all-situations (allSV%+) performan

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Ben Scrivens’ house appears to be in order

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-23

There is nothing that can kill a team faster than bad goaltending, and nothing that can save it faster than great goaltending. Early in the year, the Oilers lost games they should have won because their netminders simply weren’t up to the challenge. On Wednesday night they won a game they should have lost because Ben Scrivens was in fine form.

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Scrivens and Oilers showing signs of finding way

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-10-23

Turn back the clock a week and Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers were looking at their season possibly spiraling out of control. Fast forward to the present day and suddenly both Scirvens and his teammates look as though they have righted the ship...though thinking all is well in good in the Alberta capital would be a tad premature.

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