TRUST, BUT VERIFY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-23

When Craig MacTavish was hired as Oilers GM, he talked about advanced stats and analytics. Both David Perron and Marco Roy were what we might call ‘analytics acquisitions’ for Edmonton. A year later, Perron’s addition is universally regarded as MacT’s signature move. Craig MacTavish, summer 2013 on Perron trade: “It’ll be a good test for our analytics guys. They have him with some of the game’s elite. He’s right up there with controlling the play and shots for and against differential.”  Source Fair? If you’re Craig MacTavish, that’s got to be a good arrow for the math men, right? I would think so. In the week after the 2013 draft, I interview

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The Edmonton Oilers new fourth line isn’t really a fourth line

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-23

One of the little items that’s really been overlooked in the hue and cry over the Oilers’ (admittedly poor) centre situation is the fact that the line Edmonton plans to stick Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks on isn’t really the team’s fourth line. It’s much more than that.

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The other guys at centre ice

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-23

The other guys at centre ice-So the dream has died. Ryan O’Reilly has signed a two year deal with the Avalanche that will take him to free agency. He likely won’t be dealt (if he is) until sometime next season. Ryan Johansen appears to be close to re-signing with Columbus which leaves all the tier [...] The post The other guys at centre ice appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Jean-François Houle named head coach of Bakersfield Condors

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-07-23

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, that Jean-François (J.F.) Houle has been named the sixth head coach in Bakersfield Condors history. Houle replaces Troy Mann, who was named head coach of the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears earlier this ...

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Edmonton Oilers draft pick Leon Draisaitl wants to play in the NHL 'as soon as possible'

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-07-23

Although having yet to sign an entry-level contract, Leon Draisaitl has already made a commitment to the Edmonton Oilers.

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The Florida Panthers no longer have cheerleaders. The Edmonton Oilers still do.

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-23

For most of the last decade, the Florida Panthers have employed cheerleaders. The “Lady Panthers” both skated on the ice and led cheers in the stands; a quick glance at the team’s home page reveals a scantily-clad squad of attractive young women, with heavy emphasis on pictures and calendars. Naturally, the group also did charity work, though I took some time and couldn’t find one mention of those endeavours on the website, which was pretty much wholly devoted to pictures and videos of the women involved in the group. In short, whatever good the group did, the way it was marketed was meant to appeal to the more ignoble desires of the young (and not-so-young) men who make up more than

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Oilers line up positives

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-23

Make no mistake…The Edmonton Oilers are a better team today than they were at any point last season and I expect this team to take take one giant step forward this season.  The goaltending is better.  The back-end actually resembles an N.H.L. defence.  The stud forwards will all be better.  Both wings have skill, depth [...] The post Oilers line up positives appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Rocky's role?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-23

Rocky Thompson was named assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers last week. He's only 36, but he already has seven years of coaching experience. Many were wondering what will be bring to the staff? What will his role be? I caught up with Thompson last week to try and find out those answers.

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RE 14-15 BENOIT POULIOT: WOODSTOCK

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-23

When the Edmonton Oilers signed  Benoit Pouliot, buried under the lead (“Role player gets insane contract”) was a pretty effective third-line winger from Manhattan. A franchise that is more wasteful than the Kardashians may have actually gotten value for one of their July 1 trial balloons. Who knew? BENOIT POULIOT 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.79 (6th among regular NYR forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.10 (8th among regular NYR forwards) Qual Comp: 10th toughest among regular forwards (3rd line opp) Qual Team: 10th best teammates among regular forwards (3line linemates) Corsi Rel: 7.3 (4th best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 55.1 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +3.4 Zone Start:

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In Jones twins, Mitch Holmberg & Josh Winquist, Oilers stack minor league system with small skill

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-23

2014 Edmonton Oilers Prospects: Kellen Jones, Connor Jones, Joshua Winquist, Mitch Holmberg (unranked) Before we get into our annual summer countdown of the Edmonton Oilers top prospects here at the Cult of Hockey, we thought we’d look a little deeper into the organization to account for a few borderline cases. Besides Calder-ineligible players of interest like Brad Hunt, Roman Horak and Steve Pinizzotto, the Oilers also have a few diamonds in the rough that are signed strictly to minor-league contracts. I’ll have a look at a few forwards today, while Jonathan Willis will follow up with defencemen and goalies tomorrow. What most of these players have in common is that they are n

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Health warning: this post on the Edmonton Oilers could be dangerous to your health

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-23

Top 10 formerly secret hopes of an Oilers fan for the 2014-15 season If you’re reading this post you’re more interested in the fortunes of the Edmonton Oilers than is likely advisable for peak mental health. It’s near the end of July. The Oilers are just coming off their eighth straight losing season, including being the worst team in the NHL for the past six years, the Daryl Katz era of ownership. It’s only the diehard fans, the Oilerscenti, here today, including diehard me, who almost certainly shares one trait in common with you: about this time of year, after the Oilers have done their summer trades and signings, we look at the roster, size things up carefully, bi

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New-Look Oilers – Part Three

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-23

The Edmonton Oilers made some subtle changes to their front office and some big changes to their coaching staff this summer, but those weren’t the only moves the team made. Edmonton made some big-time changes to the roster and the overall organizational depth-chart. The Goaltending position was not at the forefront this summer, but has changed a lot in one year. The NHL Level: A year ago, we were looking at Devan Dubnyk being the surefire starter and Jason Labarbera the solid backup. Dubnyk imploded in the first few months of the season and was traded by January, while Labarbera was trade by mid-December after a relatively lackluster stint with the big-club. Oh, and Ilya Bryzgalov show

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