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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Taylor Hall was back to his old excellent self under Todd Nelson

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-16

In all the negativity around the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a tendency to forget or to overlook that Taylor Hall really is a fantastic attacking player. The good news is that after the setback of a serious leg injury earlier this year, Hall came back strong and was his old, excellent attacking self in the last part of the season. In fact, if there was a highlight in the final leg of the season, it was Hall’s play on a strong line with Anton Lander and Andrew Miller. For a time, with the Lander line cooking, and with both the Nugent-Hopkins and Roy lines also playing well, it looked like the Oilers had finally nailed down having three scoring lines. Overall, the team won more under

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Talking Oilers, Laurent Brossoit, OKC Barons and Schultz on the Lowdown with Lowetide

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-04-16

Had a chance to discuss the Oilers with Lowetide last Friday. We covered a wide range of topics including the goaltending moving forward, the Barons and the draft, among others. Check out this post from Lowetide that frames some of the discussion first. The full segment is here, but unfortunately it doesn’t load properly right now. I’ll make sure I update this post once the glitch is corrected by TSN. Couple notes that I thought would be worth sharing: Laurent Brossoit was outstanding against the Sharks making 49 saves in his NHL debut. It was definitely one of the rare highlights of the year, but I think it’d be wise to temper our expectations until he really proves himse

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Official, Unofficial Copper and Blue Playoff Predictions for Round 1

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-04-16

Why cheer for a team that makes the playoffs when you can mindlessly predict, on the record, how other teams will fare? The playoffs. Words that have little meaning to Oiler fans these days, and because of that, we have to find other ways to make things interesting. So we join pools, playoff brackets and other such things to give us something to cheer for… aside from the roof collapsing in one of the Canuck – Flames games. The writers here at Copper and Blue got together… well those of us who hadn’t drowned another season of sorrows in a pitcher of vodka and paint thinner (and one who did), and put our playoff predictions down for the world to mock us (we’re Oiler fans, thi

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04/15/15 The Myth of the Nelson Turnaround & Other Thoughts

Source: Oil Acumen
Date: 2015-04-16

Remember 2007-08, when the Oilers brought in the kids of the first rebuild, started 27-30-5, and then finished 14-5-1 in their last twenty games? Ah, the hopes we had then. We Oilers fans have been fooled by late-season improvements more times than I care to remember, and it's happening again.I have nothing against Todd Nelson as a coach, and I'm not about to say that he shouldn't be the guy next year, but we need to temper our optimism about him just a smidge. Nelson was 17-22-7 solo to end the season, which is pretty good considering the sorry state of the roster. After taking the reigns at the end of December, Nelson won just a hair under 37% of his games.That's fine and dandy except that

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Not a Battle, more of a Shutdown of Alberta

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

Nike did it. And so did the Edmonton Oilers. But until recently, it was a little known fact that the Oilers had even registered the slogan Battle of Alberta to add to their library of intellectual properties — a library that includes: the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Edmonton Capitals.

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Dear Craig MacTavish: Shut up.

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-04-16

BREAKING: An Oilers event left fans disappointed... So, I've decided to take a few minutes and end my self-imposed exile to share some thoughts on the Oilers and mostly about the presser GM Craig MacTavish gave on Monday afternoon following the merciful end to another abomination of a season. The Oiler GM's end of season press conference could not have been more Oiler-y. Which is to say that within about the first few minutes you knew it was going to be a big disappointment, but there was nothing to do but watch it slowly unfold before you. If you haven't seen MacT's media availability, check it out below: Also, if you haven't read it yet, check out my good twitter buddy Matt Hen

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Oscar Klefbom – The Next Core Piece?

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

On Tuesday afternoon, TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted out the following regarding Oilers’ D Oscar Klefbom, who is arguably the best option that the team has currently on the blue-line. Look for Oilers to lock up Klefbom on a long term deal this summer. They can Negotiate after July 1st on an extension. Really, this should come as no surprise. Oscar Klefbom was drafted in the first round back in 2011, and has been developed since then. Klefbom spent two injury filled seasons in Sweden, then came over to North America last season. Split between the AHL and NHL, Klefbom emerged as a real player, becoming comfortable with the style. After a first 25 games split between the AHL and NHL thi

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Edmonton vs. Edmonton, why?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-16

The NHL edition of the Battle of Alberta has not been much of a heated rivalry for many years. Either the Oilers were decent and the Flames stunk, or the Oilers were terrible and the Flames were okay, but, sadly quite often both franchises were bottom-feeders.Right now, it seems the biggest rival the Oilers have during the Battle of Alberta involves The Edmonton Rush.

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Oilers medical staff say injuries will prevent Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from going to worlds

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-15

Despite both players being eager and willing to go, the Edmonton Oilers benched both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov from attending the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

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REVIEWING THE 2014 DRAFT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-15

The Edmonton Oilers went to the 2014 draft with a similar arsenal to the 2008 draft, with one early pick followed by miles of waiting. There were two things in their favor: Their first round pick came at No. 3 overall and the club’s fourth-round pick came before No. 100 overall. No. 3 overall: C Leon Draisaitl. Scott Cullen tells us this pick has a 100% chance of playing 100 NHL games and the ‘average’ No. 3 overall pick is a top 6 forward or top 4 NHL defender—this pick is expected to land. Leon Draisaitl played 37 NHL games and didn’t deliver offensively (2-7-9) but showed some positive signs—including solid possession numbers (as a rookie!) with Nail Yakupov.

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Edmonton Oilers rule Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out of world hockey championships

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-15

Both Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss this year's men's world hockey championship in Prague. The Edmonton Oilers announced Wednesday afternoon the forwards will not take part in the annual championships due to injuries.

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