KEITH GRETZKY’S WHITEBOARD, VOLUME 1

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-01-17

I will be honest with you, it is not certain to me who should be named as the owner of the whiteboard in procurement at this time. Of course the buck stops at Peter Chiarelli, but I think Keith Gretzky, Duane Sutter and Bob Green may all have input into this area of the organization at some level. Edmonton is officially difficult to read from the outside at this time. Last year, I suggested it was Bob Green, this year we will give it to Gretzky and apologize if we are wrong. In today’s post, I am going to detail players who are UFA, RFA and signed to current minor league deals. The idea is this: Teams are always in fluid motion, so some of the youngsters signed to deals are no longer c

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Sunil Agnihotri on the CBC Edmonton News and Facebook Live Tonight

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-01-17

I'll be joining host Adrienne Pan on the CBC Edmonton News tonight at 6:00 PM (MST) to talk all things Oilers, including the playoff race, and the upcoming games against Florida, Nashville and Calgary. Following the news, CBC Edmonton is hosting a Facebook Live session at 6:30 PM (MST) where Adrienne and I will be taking any Oiler related questions and feedback. You can head over to the CBC Edmonton Facebook page to catch it and post any questions. You can also follow Adrienne Pan at @adriennepancbc on Twitter.

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Mid-season report card: Vancouver Canucks

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

The Vancouver Canucks recently eclipsed the midway mark of their regular season schedule. For a team that technically sits only two points out of a playoff spot, it’s rather difficult to figure out how exactly they’ve managed to do it. That’s precisely what we’ll try to make sense of with the following progress report. Let’s hand out some letter grades for their individual performances thus far this season. Forwards Sven Baertschi, A-plus: Baertschi’s offensive production has been a godsend this season for a team that’s needed every little bit of it. Not only does he lead the team in goals and points during the course of five-on-five play, he actually finds himself in pretty

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Leon Draisaitl's Near-Perfect 2016-17 Season

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-01-17

Entering this season, Leon Draisaitl was a player with an odd mix of positives and negatives on his NHL resume. At his best, he brought to mind Anze Kopitar—a big forward with a nice mix of power, speed, and both offensive and defensive ability. Yet he was also prone to long offensive slumps, particularly when away from Taylor Hall.In the first half of 2016-17, Draisaitl has done everything possible to allay concerns about his game.

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Good friends Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel set for first NHL showdown

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

TORONTO – If Auston Matthews had entered the world two days earlier, the dynamic of this showdown would be a little different. Instead of the Connor McDavid–Jack Eichel comparisons that fuelled conversation surrounding the 2015 draft class or the Laine-Matthews debate that rages today, we would’ve heard more chatter about whether it was 6-foot-2 centre Eichel or the 6-foot-2 centre Matthews, just 11 months younger, destined to represent America’s next great hockey hope. Alas, Matthews’ bubble birthday would make him the class of 2016, and give him a chance to benefit from his countryman’s spin under the microscope. “The team that gets [Matthews] is going to be incredibly surpri

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Edmonton Oilers: Jujhar Khaira Brings Diversity to the NHL

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-01-17

Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira is already in hockey history books as the third-ever Punjabi player to lace up for the NHL. However, as he continues his quest for a full-time roster spot, he continues to trail blaze. A Sikh, Khaira grew up in Canada with a dream of playing in the NHL. Eventually, he made […] Edmonton Oilers: Jujhar Khaira Brings Diversity to the NHL - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jack Capuano Fired by Islanders: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2017-01-17

The New York Islanders announced they relieved Jack Capuano of his head coaching duties on Tuesday.  Assistant general manager Doug Weight will serve as the team's interim head coach.  Capuano was the head coach of the Islanders since the 2010-11 season and ranks second on the franchise's all-time wins list with 227. But a 17-17-8 start to this season has the team with just 42 points, third-worst in the NHL.  However, the team was coming off of a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon.  This was an Islanders team that had been mired in mediocrity since the mid 1990s. Before Capuano took over as head coach, the team had made the postseason just four times

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NHLN Notebook: Patrick Maroon, Nolan Patrick, and Mascots Fighting

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-01-17

Patrick Maroon is a 5-on-5 beast, the NHL isn't happy about mascots fighting, Nolan Patrick returns from injury, and Maroon's son gets denied by Laurent Brossoit.

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Trade Deadline Target: Radim Vrbata

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-01-17

The Edmonton Oilers are finally in a position to add to their roster at the trade deadline instead of selling off their players for draft picks and magic beans. With that being said, leading up until the trade deadline on February 28, I will be looking at possible trade deadline targets for the Edmonton Oilers. RADIM VRBATA Last night the Oilers faced off against the Arizona Coyotes where many potential trade targets were on the opposition, including Radim Vrbata. Vrbata is a perfect fit for the Oilers because the orange and blue have a lack of depth on the right wing. Jordan Eberle has not been performing well, Jesse Puljujarvi was not ready for the NHL and finds himself in the minors. Zack

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Analyzing the outlooks of five rebuilding NHL teams

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

Not everyone can be a Stanley Cup contender…even if 22 of the NHL’s 30 teams are “above .500”. That’s right — 22 NHL teams have accumulated more than half of the available points to them on the season so far, with the surprising Vancouver Canucks coming in at No. 22 with a 20-19-6 record. But no one is confusing them as a Cup contender. Most of the teams you would consider contenders, though, were at or near the very bottom of the league not all that long ago. Pittsburgh, Washington, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago and Columbus (if you want to go that far) have all had top five picks in the draft in the past 13 years, which were building blocks of the roster

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Predators claim defenceman Brad Hunt from waivers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-17

The Nashville Predators have made yet another move on the waiver wire by claiming defenceman Brad Hunt from the St. Louis Blues. New Predators defenseman Brad Hunt had five points in nine games for the Blues, his one goal coming vs. Nashville on Dec. 13. — Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 17, 2017 In corresponding moves, the Predators placed Petter Granberg on injured reserve and assigned Kevin Fiala to the Milwaukee Admirals. Hunt has played in nine games this season, scoring one goal and adding four assists. He was originally called up on Dec. 8 after Robert Bortuzzo was injured (lower body), then he found some playing time after Carl Gunnarsson also had to miss games due to inj

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Consolidated 2017 Draft Rankings: January

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-01-17

Embed from Getty Images It's been a little less than a month since our last Consolidated Rankings were published, but six of the eight list makers have put out new rankings, and there has been plenty of movement already. The World Junior Championships also took place in that time frame, and as that's one of the most important events of the season for draft eligible prospects, it factors heavily in the perception of many of the players.Let's take a look at the potential first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, as it looks in mid-January.

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