THE COMPLICATED CASE OF BRIAN FERLIN

When the Edmonton Oilers signed Brian Ferlin, I began to cast about trying to fill in the blanks. Peter Chiarelli signed a plethora of players I consider prospects (under 50 NHL games played, latest Top 20 is here) but at his age (25) I wondered about his back story. As a Boston Bruins draft pick in 2011, I looked for a scouting report around draft day. Don Sweeney, Asst GM Bruins (July 9, 2011):

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-08-22

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Edmonton Oilers: Where Does Bogdan Yakimov Stand?

The Edmonton Oilers were thrilled when they took giant centre Bogdan Yakimov 83rd overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. HOwever, he has not developed into a necessary asset for the team so far. Yakimov suited up for one NHL game with Edmonton in 2014-15 but then went down to the AHL to play with […] Edmonton Oilers: Where Does Bogdan Yakimov Stand? -

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-08-22

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Connor McDavid talks contract negotiations, Draisaitl, expectations, and more

Over at Sportsnet, Shawn McKenzie spoke to Connor McDavid at the BioSteel Camp about everything from Oilers 2017-18 expectations to contract negotiations to his excitement about working with Leon Draisaitl to build something beautiful.  As we all know, Connor knocked his sophomore season out of the park with 100 points and a trip to the...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-08-22

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Nurse, Oilers 'D' ready to take another step forward

If the Oilers are going to become legitimate Stanley Cup contenders this season, they will need their defense corps to continue to improve. It would be very convenient to say that the Edmonton Oilers went from bottom-dwellers to predators solely thanks to the ascension of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but we all know it’s a little more complicated than that. Yes, those young guns were huge for the squad, but so was starting netminder Cam Talbot. And the defense, long a sor

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2017-08-22

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McDavid | Ballsy changes have worked out for Oilers

Source: Fan Rag Sports
Date: 2017-08-22

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McDavid says Oilers are better after bittersweet playoff experience

TORONTO — The Edmonton Oilers‘ first playoff berth in more than a decade ended in heartbreak, but Connor McDavid thinks the club will be better for it. "I think after going thro

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-08-22

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Real Life Podcast Episode 40: Streaking, B2B Playoffs And Losing Toes

In this week’s episode of the Real Life Podcast, the boys welcome longtime Oilersnation fan, Travis Dakin, to discuss even more Nation history and talk about the time he got naked for Sam Gagner. Continuing our trip down memory lane, Wanye and Baggedmilk talk to Travis about what it’s like to be a fan of...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-08-22

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McDavid says the Oilers being a bigger target won’t change much

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Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-08-22

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Calling all Oilersnation Open volunteers!

Hey you! Yeah, I’m talking to you with the moustache, sunglasses, and NationGear tee on. That’s a hell of a look you’ve got there. Okay, so maybe you’re not wearing any of that stuff at this moment but you’re still the person I’m talking to. Can you picture it? This beacon of fashion could be...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-08-22

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HICKORY WIND

As a general rule, prospects who improve markedly from draft day through the end of their entry-level deal are going to make the rest of their draft class look like a bunch of loafs. Depth picks (Dillon Simpson) end up outpacing second rounders (David Musil) and lottery picks (Leon Draisaitl) move past the few men chosen above them in online re-drafts. That’s why it’s always a good idea to go back and review draft day scouting reports and remind ourselves about the work to be done.

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-08-22

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Tuesday Morning Hot Links: Nugents of Truth

Good morning, want some links? QMJHL Saint John announces training camp roster; team says they expect import Ostap Safin (EDM) to be there— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) August 21,

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-08-22

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Have the McDavid/Draisaitl contracts torpedoed Edmonton’s cap situation?

Last week, the Edmonton Oilers re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract, thereby (probably) finalizing their roster for next season and giving us a good idea of what they’ll look like beyond that. The salary cap situation going forward is going to be difficult, but if the Oilers plot their decisions carefully it should be...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-08-22

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