The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-17

The first round, Leaf's mass firing, Canucks defense could be problematic, Jets least likely to win Cup, Jay Feaster's Flames, a look at Mac T's first 2 years as Oilers GM and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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It won’t be a mistake if the Edmonton Oilers eventually hire Todd Nelson as full-time head coach

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-17

But the prudent thing to do is for the Oilers to explore all options A lot of good things happened with the Edmonton Oilers after Todd Nelson took over as head coach 36 games in the 2014-15 season. The squad’s best players, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Oscar Klefbom, all played significantly better two-way hockey under Nelson than they had under former coach Dallas Eakins. Two players who were going nowhere fast under Eakins, Nail Yakupov and Anton Lander, demonstrated much better play under Nelson, so much so that both can be counted on to at least adequately fill in roster spots on one of the Oil’s top three lines next season. The team also won

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Near Victory Despite Invisible Sidney Crosby Gives Penguins Upset Hopes

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-04-17

NEW YORK — Let's make this clear: The New York Rangers were the much better team at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night and probably should've won by more than the 2-1 score that beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, who nearly forced overtime with a virtually non-existent Sidney Crosby. If the Rangers play six more games like the one they played in Game 1 of this first-round series, they will almost certainly find a way to win three of them. But maybe, just maybe, the Penguins showed that they can play with the Rangers in this series, and maybe even win it. Maybe. "We believe that we can not only play with this Rangers team," Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said, "but we can beat them." B

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Oilers Entertainment Group vice chair Bob Nicholson not finished assessing overall organization

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-17

The problem with peeling the Oilers onion is that it takes forever because there are so many tears that come to your eyes while you’re peeling it?

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John MacKinnon: the big ‘What if ... ?’ — Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-17

The ready smiles and nervous laughter are dead giveaways and so are those dreamy, unfocused gazes. Ask any National Hockey League general manager how their particular roster rebuild might go, were their franchise fortunate enough to land the No. 1 pick at the draft lottery on Saturday night and along with it the right to select wunderkind Connor McDavid, and the reactions don’t differ much.

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REVIEWING THE 2013 DRAFT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-16

The Edmonton Oilers went to the draft with a full jacket of draft picks and added to the total once there. They spent heavily on the CHL and added two significant players from the Russian leagues. It was the most fascinating draft in recent years, the first led by Craig MacTavish as general manager. No. 7 overall: D Darnell Nurse. The big, tough and mobile defender is enjoying a quality final year of junior. He began on the NHL roster (two games), delivered a strong performance at the world junior tournament and is playing the shutdown role on a quality SSM Greyhounds team that could win the OHL title. Nurse did have some injury issues but the season has been a success and he’s fine n

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Ones who got away from Edmonton Oilers shining with other NHL teams

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-16

Yes, we acknowledge that hindsight is 20-20, and that there are always extenuating circumstances for some of the moves that are made, but since the Edmonton Oilers are out of the playoffs yet again, we had nothing but time on our hands. That and the fact that goaltender Devan Dubnyk has become THE story in the National Hockey League after pulling the Minnesota Wild into the post-season with a performance that was worthy of Hart Trophy consideration.

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The Oilers Rig Radio Podcast 4/16/15

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-04-16

For the final time during the 2014/15 NHL regular season, the Oilers Rig Radio Podcast returns! This week on the show, I’m joined by Jackie Dawson and Dave Gordon, as we recap that nightmare that was the 2014-15 Oilers’ season. In the show, we give our concluding thoughts on the season, and extensively break down the press conference held by Craig MacTavish on Monday afternoon. We talk about next year being another “developmental year”, and talk about whether or not we think MacT will actually make those defensive additions he touched on. Finally, we try and give some solutions to the goaltending position, and give our thoughts on the next head coach of the Edmonton O

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FERNANDO PISANI: WHEN IT MATTERS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-16

As fans of the Edmonton Oilers are well aware, it’s been just a week short of nine years since their team began an unexpected and mesmerizing march to the 2006 Stanley Cup final, starting with an unlikely upset of the Detroit Red Wings to open the first round of the playoffs.

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Random Edmonton Oilers thoughts

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-04-16

We all know that being an Edmonton Oilers fan is quite painful.  The team is a laughing stock and continues to kick themselves in the balls at every turn.  It seems like monthly somethings happens where I just shake my head and think to myself, “Man that’s embarrassing!”  Yesterday was one of those day with [...] The post Random Edmonton Oilers thoughts appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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RE 14-15 BENOIT POULIOT: SOULSHINE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-16

Craig MacTavish did not have a good year, but the signing of Benoit Pouliot may end up saving him. The big winger delivered in all areas—and may have found a home on the Nuge line. A big, physical two-way winger who can gun with skill has been on the Edmonton shopping list for the entire century. Pouliot emerged as a perfect fit, giving the Oilers options on their top two lines. Dynamite! RE 14-15: 74GP, 14-18-32 .432 ACTUAL 14-15: 58GP, 19-15-34 .586 BENOIT POULIOT BOXCARS, THREE YEAR TREND BENOIT POULIOT FANCY STATS, TREE YEAR TREND Your RE is low! Yes, one of the few! Pouliot was fantastic this season. He was supposed to fill a two-way role. That was my expectation. I thought it was

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Oilers Hope to Become Four-Time Draft Lottery Champions

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-04-16

On April 18, the Oilers are hoping to to be crowned champions of the NHL Draft Lottery for an unprecedented fourth time.* Maybe Edmonton should still be known as the “City of Champions”?   The Odds The Oilers finished twenty-eighth in the NHL’s standings. This means that they will end up drafting either first, third, or fourth. There is a 11.5% chance that the Oilers win the draft lottery, giving them the first overall pick. The NHL is continually tinkering with the draft lottery system. Last season, the Oilers also finished twenty-eighth, but their chances of winning the lottery were better: 14.2%. There is a 33.5% chance that the Oilers will stay put at third. F

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