Oilers hire OKC Barons GM Bill Scott as assistant GM

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-22

Considering the job Bill Scott and his staff did getting the Oklahoma City Barons into the AHL playoffs this season, it’s little surprise the Edmonton Oilers came calling with a management position.

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Cult of Hockey: Weaker two-way play by Edmonton Oilers’ best players a black mark on coach Dallas Eakins

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

The first job of any coach is get the right players on the ice, so in grading Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins for his work in 2013-14, let’s first look at how Eakins did there. Did he give the most ice time to his best players?

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Playoff Thoughts: Breaking a few Eggs to make an Omelette

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-21

Milan Lucic is one of the most unique players in the NHL. His combination of skill, size and absolute nastiness are hard to find. He is the type of player that really affects a lineup. He gives attitude and confidence to every one of his teammates. As a coach or GM I would welcome him on my team anytime.

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LANDER’S BAT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-21

Anton Lander’s chores for Edmonton down the stretch involved a lot of time on the wing and penalty killing. Is that his role for next year? Does he have one? It’s an open question and we may already have part of the answer. Lander was among the leaders this season in Oilers PK TOI: I’d say there’s a role there for him, but you can also include Acton, Arcobello and maybe Roman Horak too among the players who will be looking to make the club next season. This is from BTN and of course there’s a major sample size alert. Still, among those who played significant time on the 4×5, Lander’s number is among the better totals. Is he line to play that role next

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Edmonton Oilers could definitely use Anton Lander on the penalty kill next season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-21

Ryan Jones should have got more PK time this year… If you go by the numbers, the top penalty kill unit on the Edmonton Oilers this year would have had Anton Lander at centre, Ryan Jones on the wing, with Andrew Ference and Jeff Petry on defence. That Lander wasn’t on the Oilers for much of the year, though, was likely the right call. If Lander is ever going to stick in the National Hockey League, he needs to get more confident and skilled with the puck, and those skills were far more likely to develop as a first or second line AHL centre than as a fourth line centre on the Oilers. How do we interpret these numbers? If a centre or a dman is doing his job on the PK, he’s goi

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Departed Oilers defenceman's statement about coach sounds like sour grapes

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

What do we make of Anton Belov’s recent statement to a Sovietsky Sport reporter that “I could have re-signed with Edmonton but I didn’t want to stay with that coach”? It sounds like what Russian forward Alex Burmistrov said about now-former Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel last season before he hiked back to Russia. Sour grapes, in both cases.

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Monday Mailbag - April 21st

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-21

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and a huge shout out to those of you that made it down to the Summit Show at Millenium Place to check out the Nation booth. As is Monday tradition at the Nation, we've taken your questions and passed them on to our writers for their input and wisdom. If you'd like to submit a question, all you have to do is email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com!Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the learning opportunity.

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Oilers name Bill Scott new assistant general manager

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

The Edmonton Oilers named Bill Scott the team's new assistant general manager on Monday, replacing Ricky Olczyk.

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Bill Scott replaces Ricky Olczyk as Oilers’ assistant GM

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-04-21

General manager Bill Scott is being rewarded for shepherding the the farm team Oklahoma City Barons through four playoffs, moving up the ladder to replace lawyer Ricky Olczyk as Edmonton Oilers assistant GM. Olczyk, the brother of former NHL forward Eddie Olczyk, had been the Oilers’ assistant GM for seven years, their main cap guy and had been the liason between the Oilers and the AHL team, along with negotiating NHL contracts and scouting the colleges. Scott, whose dad Gil is a long-time CFL player agent, joined the organization after serving as director of hockey ops for the American Hockey League for four years. Scott, who went to Michigan State and has a business administration de

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Oilers: Eberle has to find consistency in 2014-15

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-21

Ever since posting a 34 goal season during his sophomore campaign in the NHL, Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle has become somewhat of a polarizing figure for many across Oil Country. While some view the former CHL Player of the Year as an unmovable core piece, others seem to view him as an expendable part of the equation.

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A Busy Morning

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-21

There aren’t a lot of busy news days for teams outside the playoff picture at this point, but for good and ill the Edmonton Oilers had one on Monday. Front office changes and a disgruntled player speaking out made for a very interesting morning in Oil country.

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Ricky Olczyk fired as Assistant GM of Edmonton Oilers, replaced by OKC Barons GM Bill Scott

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-21

Changes are afoot at the Edmonton Oilers offices on Kingsway Avenue with this morning’s announcement that OKC Barons General Manager Bill Scott has been named Assistant GM of the Oilers. He will assume the position formerly occupied by Ricky Olczyk, who “was offered a position within the organization”, a standard euphemism for “fired”. Scott has done an outstanding job as GM of the Barons, whose team has made the playoffs in each of his four years at the helm. His tour de force was the just-completed 2013-14 season that saw the Barons dress 58 different players and start 9 different goaltenders, completing an astonishing 151 transactions over the course of the s

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