HURRY SEPTEMBER

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-08-31

In a recent article at NHL.com, Craig MacTavish (GM of the Edmonton Oilers) talked about the club's need for a 2C. ( Source ) "I think there is room for somebody outside of the organization if we can find the right complement. In my mind it's a real significant piece that we're looking for, and it would have to be a big incremental difference between who we feel would fill that position currently and the player that we would bring in. If we were able to get a star player that could win faceoffs, play big minutes and be productive at the net front and on the power play, we'd really enhance our ability to compete and to have a great degree of success. But they are tough to find."

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ROUTE 66

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-31

September long is here, but the Oilers didn't give us the rookie TC roster to discuss. Word is it'll be out next week, and the main list will arrive behind it. Since we have all afternoon to talk Oilers (tomorrow will be devoted to the Eskimos) let's see how close we can get to the actual list.

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Meet the Blogger: Benjamin Massey, Cynic (A Compliment, Trust Me)

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-31

By contemporary standards, it’s usually pretty easy to sort undesirable types into one of two categories: the gravely cynical and the unnervingly earnest. The former is pessimistic enough to take La Rochefoucauld’s famous maxim about the base-nature of human motives (“Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise”) to heart. However, he lacks the good sense to temper his insights with a sense of levity. He broods, sneers and infects those around him with bile. The latter is optimistic enough to mangle the ever-compounding series of contradictions that is his practical and ethical life (a rich and ever-expanding tapestry of commitments to humanity’s good

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PROMISED LAND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-31

Among the quotable quotes being delivered pell-mell and willy-nilly by Craig MacTavish the other day, his description of the depth chart at center caught my ear for one major reason: MacTavish: “We’ve got Leon Draisaitl, which is a big question mark for an 18-year-old’s ability to come in. We’ve got Anton Lander, who has shown an ability to score and be a real good player at the American League level. We’ve got Mark Arcobello, who when we sent him back had two points per game at the American League level or very close [to it]; he’s got potential to fill one of those roles. When you look at our depth chart, I understand and certainly agree with that position having the most quest

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Wild card Bogdan Yakimov might be a solution for Edmonton Oilers’ biggest need — size at centre

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-31

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #4 Bogdan Yakimov When Edmonton Oilers selected Bogdan Yakimov 83rd overall in 2013, we didn’t know a whole lot about the kid other than a couple of scouting reports. Elite Prospects had this thumbnail of his skill set from 2012: Yakimov is a large center with a terrific set of hands. Owns great playmaking ability and vision. Is very hard to knock off the puck. “Large centre” seems like an understatement. He’s listed at 6’5 and over 200 pounds on various registers, and at a whopping 100 kilos (220 pounds) on his KHL page, the league where he played in 2013-14. It’s hard to get a handle on exactly how good was Yakimov’s

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TOP 20 PROSPECTS, 2014

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-31

And we're back! It seems like only yesterday (that's a lie) we gathered together to count down the best prospects in the Oilers system heading into fall. A year ago, the three best prospects were defensemen and six of the top 10 patrolled the blue. A lot has changed in 12 months.

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WITHER SLEPYSHEV?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-30

Another year will burn off the calendar (it appears) before we see one of Russia’s sons, Anton Slepyshev. I saw him on television from my living room during Christmastime and was quite impressed, so of course am not impatient for his arrival. Slepyshev (whose last name is a nickname waiting to happen) is doing the ‘Jani Rita dying on the vine in his country’s pro league’ as he plays nine minutes a night behind some foreigner (well, Teemu Hartikainen). SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60) 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60) 2013-14 (age 1

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Ty Anderson: Boychuk for Yakupov?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-30

Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Theoretically, the Boston Bruins have to make a move of some sort. Unless they want to wait until Day 1 of the NHL season when they can place Marc Savard’s $4 million plus cap-hit on the long-term injured reserve and then sign restricted free agents and pivotal pieces of the 2014-15 puzzle in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, a trade needs to be made....

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Meet The Blogger – Pat McLean

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-30

When we at the Oilers Rig started discussing the meet the blogger series a while back we spoke of who we thought would be good people to include. There are so many good writers out there and the list of people we are interviewing is literally growing by the day. There was one person on the list that, to me, was a must and that person is none other than Pat McLean author of Black Dog Hates Skunks. Pat is a literary genius, he has a knack for telling personal stories and intertwining them with hockey. There is no one else like Pat when it comes to writing about the Oilers. In fact I can’t wait for him to write a book. If and when he does it should be a national best seller. The thing I like

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Matt Henderson: The Team As MacT Built It

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-30

Craig MacTavish is finished adding to the pool of players vying for roster spots this fall. The team, as he envisioned it, is complete for now, although with serious question marks at the Center position. At the Schultz press conference MacT acknowledged the potential weakness of the team's pivots but suggested teams were in a holding pattern. When asked about the possibility of a trade the Oi...

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ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-30

The hockey news is finally starting to roll, after a summer that had explosions in June and early July and then fell into a deep slumber. For Edmonton Oilers fans, the last 24 hours have been full of interesting items, and let’s get to them. Craig MacTavish discussing Leon Draisaitl: “In my mind, Leon’s going to make a very strong case in camp for making our team. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t a strong case. If this decision is easy, he’s staying (rather than go back to junior in Prince Albert). But like I said, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t make a strong case. He’s stayed here this summer, worked out, but we’ll have to make sure we can protect him in games in some mat

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Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish: “There’s not a deal [for a centre] right now”

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-30

Craig MacTavish said a lot of things about the Oilers’ roster in his media availability on Friday, and some of his most interesting comments were with regard to the team’s shaky situation at centre. Made perfectly clear was the fact that the team was going to go into 2014-15 with the status quo up the middle, and that it had precious little choice in the matter. “We’re going to go into camp – barring anything unforeseen – with the group that we have right now,” he told reporters. “We’ve got Leon Draisaitl, which is a big question mark for an 18-year-old’s ability to come in. We’ve got Anton Lander, who has shown an ability to score and be a real good player at the Ameri

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