Some Oilers Randomness

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-26

With the summer news drought in full swing I wanted to talk about a few interesting Oilers clips that I found over the past few days. We're going to talk a little bit about Connor for Captain, Zack Kassian's summer, and Adam Larsson's first impression. 

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Oilers – Again – Left Off NBC, NBC Sports

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-26

The last time the Edmonton Oilers played on NBC in the United States? June, 2006. That’s right, the Oilers haven’t been on the big network in the States for over ten years now. When was the last time the Oilers played on NBC Sports Net? Trick question, the answer is never. The Oilers haven’t played on the network since it was re-branded. In fact, since the 2005-06 season, when NBC took over, the Oilers have only been scheduled to play on National TV in the States TWICE during the regular season. One of those times was during the 2007-08 season when Edmonton hosted San Jose. The second? Last season, when Edmonton visited Buffalo. As you know, however, that Oilers/Sabres game

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Sabres could reportedly look to trade Kane — here are five possible destinations

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-26

It’s no secret that Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t exactly pleased with Evander Kane. Since coming to Buffalo in a blockbuster trade during the 2014-15 season, Kane has found himself in hot water enough times that Murray has said the youngster needs to right his behavior. The most recent incident came when Kane was arrested and charged last week following an incident that allegedly occurred June 24 at a Buffalo nightclub. “Certainly we don’t like this is twice now he’s been in incidents like this,” Murray said on July 2 following reports of the alleged nightclub episode, via the Olean Times Herald. “It’s not good for the organization, it’s not good for him. He’s going

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Adam Larsson expects to up production, step into bigger role with Oilers

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-26

The one-for-one swap that brought Adam Larsson to Edmonton and sent Taylor Hall to New Jersey caught just about everyone off guard, and the reaction among many was that the Devils had gotten the better of the deal. One reason the general consensus swayed in the favor of New Jersey was that Larsson, 23, had yet to transform into the top-pairing blueliner he was projected to be. But the now-Oilers defenseman has faith in his ability, and he believes he can move into a bigger role in Edmonton, make a bigger impact than he had in New Jersey and make the trade look more even than it was believed to be when the deal was completed. So after logging 22:30 of ice time per game for the Devils this pas

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YOU BETTER, YOU BET

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-26

As the thunder rolls across our summer, this Oilers roster looks decidedly unfinished. Now, I say that every year, but this year is different—the team traded Hall in search of balance—and I do think changes are coming. Why? If Peter Chiarelli can pull this team up and into a playoff race—and there are reasons to believe the Oilers would have improved without the deal—the anger will subside among a portion of the fanbase. THE SURE THINGS Most of the roster is set, as shown here. However, there are some major items that can be improved—and for not much money. The team’s inability to sign Kris Versteeg can be seen as an endorsement of Nail Yakupov, but I will believe it when I

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Oilers Officiating Review – Game 7

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-26

This is the final game review in our series. This game was the April 9th season finale against the Canucks, a 4-3 OT win for Vancouver. The referees for this game were Mike Leggo and Kendrick Nicholson. The most targeted players in this game were Nugent-Hopkins for the Oilers (4 uncalled infractions) and Alex Burrows for the Canucks (2 uncalled infractions). This game was something of a rubber match between the two teams, with the previous game being a 6-2 blowout of the Canucks at the final game in Rexall Place/Northlands Coliseum. The previous game was a relatively penalty-filled affair with a dozen called infractions, although many of the officiating standards we had noted going into the

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TOP 100 OILERS: JAROSLAV POUZAR (58)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-26

When the Edmonton Oilers took a flyer on Jaroslav Pouzar in the fourth round of the 1982 Entry Draft, they were hoping his scoring exploits on the international stage with the Czech Republic would translate to finding a permanent left winger for the one-two punch of Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. It never happened.

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Things Can Only Get Better

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-07-26

With a few bounces, the Oilers will almost have to be better in 2016-17. Right? Admittedly, I'm super-critical of the Oilers.  Heck, you go and miss the playoffs for ten straight years after coming within a fart of the Stanley Cup in 2006 and you'll be a smidgen critical of the administration. The Oilers once again crashed to a deplorable 29th place overall finish in 2015-16.  Injuries certainly helped play a part in this, but more importantly so did the fact that the Oilers were once again guilty of not icing a good enough club on many nights.  For a few hours, I'm going to put on my 3D rose-coloured lenses and imagine this team getting through 2016-17 without any

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Talking Oilers and Analytics on The Lowdown with Lowetide (TSN 1260)

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-07-26

I joined Lowetide on Monday morning to talk about the Oilers and how they should better integrate analytics. Full audio is here. Couple notes: We touched on a lot of what I talked about in my recent article: Oilers and Analytics (2016, July 24). I mentioned articles that tied in analytics with video analysis. A couple solid examples are from Hockey Graphs: Tactalytics: Using Data to Inform Tactical Offensive Zone Decisions Video Analysis: How The Penguins Extend Zone Time With “Total Hockey” Also, mentioned the new WoodMoney metric (developed by Woodguy55 and G Money), which does a nice job of measuring quality of competition. You can learn more about the metric here: WoodMoney: A

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Wild Rumor

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-25

Every morning before I even get out of bed, I grab my iPad and open up my Feedly app to see what has happened in the world of hockey while I was asleep. Usually not a whole lot goes down but every now and then there’s something notable like a contract signing, a player getting in trouble with the law, or a trade rumour. We’re going to talk about the trade rumour that surfaced on one blog called The Hockey Press but another blog called Puck Gone Wild (I dig the name) dedicated an entire post on it, to which I am going to talk about today. So if you don’t want to head over to the blog, I’ll be quoting different parts of it below and commenting on it, otherwise head ov

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