Random thoughts- September 22nd/14

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-09-22

The Edmonton Oilers camp is now in full effect and us Oiler fans have plenty to talk about.  I do a lot of driving with my job and end up listening to way too much talk radio on both TSN1260 and 630CHED.  There are plenty of subjects to cover and I have my random thoughts [...] The post Random thoughts- September 22nd/14 appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Monday Musings...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-22

The Oilers took their CBA-mandated one day off a week today, and they will be back on the ice tomorrow in Leduc. The players will get to enjoy Dallas Eakins' on-ice beep test. "It's brutal," said a few players last week, but this year the test will be done at the end of practice not at the start, so the players are happy about that at least.More musings....

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LEON DRAISAITL: AS ADVERTISED

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-22

It’s way too early into our introduction to Leon Draisaitl to arrive at any conclusions as to what he’ll be as a finished product, but with what we’ve seen of him so far at training camp with the Edmonton Oilers, it’s probably safe to say he comes as advertised. This is a good thing.

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Edmonton Oilers camp battles: Joensuu, Aulie get off to slow starts

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-22

It’s easy to enjoy the preseason. The games don’t really matter, it’s true, but by the time September roles around there’s such a hunger for high-level hockey that the irrelevance at the team level doesn’t really matter.  Additionally, for a handful of individuals fighting for a roster spot, no set of games is more relevant: the preseason determines which bubble players make the cut, which get demoted and who winds up on the waiver wire. The following is a brief summary of how the key contenders involved in battles for positions stand after the first set of preseason games. Centre Locks: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon Positions open: Two or three Leon Draisaitl – He earned an

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#13 - Greg Chase

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-22

In a list full of players who are struggling to excite Oiler fans, Greg Chase is far surpassing his draft day expectations. That pretty much makes him the most feel-good name in our Top 25. We've reached what I consider the to be the most important part of the Top 25 Under 25. Why you ask? Well, those who don't make the list at all are the extreme long shots and those who land anywhere from about #18 or lower honestly aren't all that much more likely to have meaningful NHL careers. As for the top of the list, I suspect you could name all 10 of our top 10 ranked players without hesitating as they are all either full-time NHLers, in the process of breaking into the league or recent top 1

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An alternate view

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-09-22

The image above may seem odd at first. The poles have been flipped and east is now to the left and west to the right. The traditional way we view a globe is arbitrary and certainly isn’t based on anything tangible as in space there is no ‘up’ or ‘down.’ Truthfully, the conventional way we [...] The post An alternate view appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers Fasth sends early message in battle for No. 1

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-09-22

While half of the Edmonton Oilers training camp roster managed to knockoff half of the Calgary Flames roster by a score of 3-1 over at Rexall Place during Sunday night NHL exhibition hockey, it was the play of goaltender Viktor Fasth at the Scotiabank Saddledome that was arguably the high point of the evening.

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Monday Mailbag - September 22

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-22

As far as I'm concerned, you've worked about as much as is necessary for today - it's time to take a break and learn something.  To make the mailbag work I need your questions.  If you have something you'd like to ask our writers, email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com.  Enjoy wasting company time, dear friends.

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What Randy Carlyle Must Do to Keep His Job with Toronto Maple Leafs

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-22

Randy Carlyle is a man on an island. The man who hired him, Brian Burke, is long gone. The management team that opted to retain has been cut to the bone, with senior figures Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle ousted. General manager Dave Nonis may be next; even if he isn’t he’s clearly seen his power and status within the organization reduced in favour of team president Brendan Shanahan. Further, Nonis is at best an uncertain ally. Even before the front-office purge, the Leafs had decided to take a knife to the coaching staff. Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin, who had spent most of the last three years with Carlyle, were both dismissed. So too was Dave Farrish, who has been coaching at

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ITCHYCOO PARK

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-22

The fun began last night, as the wonderful world of video brought us hockey from Edmonton and Hades—one win, one loss, but good stories everywhere—and as we wake up to dreaming spires and bridges of sighs and shades of green, let’s see if we agree on the main points of the evening. A FEW THOUGHTS Taylor Hall looked dangerous the whole night. Four shots, lots of those wonderful passes and he looked engaged and ready.  David Perron has basically played every game of his Oiler career like he’s the new hand trying to make sure you invite him back for another day’s work. Man he’s cool. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins looked brilliant to me, nice goal and hunting for pucks all

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Sportsnet's Grit Metric, 2013-14 Final Standings

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-22

In their quest to show meaning, Sportsnet fails miserably. Sportsnet's hockey team was annoyed.  Numbers were slowly seeping into their world, numbers they didn't understand, and those numbers showed that the beloved pugilistic aspects of their game were meaningless.  So the old boys at set out to show meaning in the things they loved. They created the Sportsnet grit metric (What is Grit?) to explain which NHL teams are the grittiest.  According to metric, Grit is comprised of four stats: Penalty Minutes, Fights, Hits, and Blocked Shots.  I combined the four into a single metric, weighted equally, and ranked the NHL by Sportsnet's grit metric below: Team Points GRIT Ran

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Nail Yakupov the Edmonton Oilers’ best player in 1-0 loss to Calgary Flames

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-22

It was a slow night in the Saddledome, so slow that the guy tracking the stats seemed to doze off for large chunks of the contest. Edmonton was out-shot badly early (not as badly as the stats say, but badly enough) and then both sides settled in for a relatively low-event contest that ended in a 1-0 win for the home team. Nail Yakupov was an exception to the boredom, generating excitement pretty much every time he touched the puck, but for the most part this wasn’t a terribly exciting affair on either side. Thumbnail sketches of the participants follow, starting with the forward lines before moving to the defence and goaltenders. The other half of the Oilers – the one playing in Edmo

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