#16 - Tyler Pitlick

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

Tyler Pitlick continues his surge up the Top 25 Under 25 rankings as the 16th ranked player on our list. "I keep trying to send him down, and he keeps playing like that...Every time I turned around he was running into somebody. I don't know how many hits they credited him for but I think he had probably ten." That’s what Dallas Eakins had to say about Tyler Pitlick in the midst of his very strong showing during training camp last season. This time around, Pitlick enters camp as one of about six or seven players vying for the final three forward spots on the Oilers roster. The table below shows where everyone placed him in this edition of the rankings. Rank Player DOB Alan Ben B

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David Perron wasn’t under microscope when he made Blues as teenager

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-09-20

While most of OilerNation is waiting to see if No. 3 overall pick Leon Draisaitl makes the team, where every move he makes in practice and scrimmages is broken down and critiqued, Draisaitl’s linemate for Sunday’s home against the Calgary Flames, David Perron, never was under the same microscope when he was a first-round selection of the St. Louis Blues in 2007. He shockingly made the team at 19, at his one and only NHL camp, after only one year of major junior in the Q, playing in Lewiston, Maine. “It’s a funny story, really. I’d just finished playing in the Super Series with the Russians and they (Blues) were thinking of sending me back to junior and not even

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Ryan Garner: Draisaitl a Model of German Efficiency

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-20

Before June, if you had tried to discuss soccer with me I would have politely told you to shove it, refusing to waste my time or subject my ears to chattering about a boring sport populated by feather-haired pansies. For all I cared, the soccer world could have its Fosbury Flops and tournament-deciding shootouts, but I refused to entertain the shenanigans. Ronaldo and Rooney were just names, nothi...

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Dallas Eakins has “a real comfort level” with Mark Arcobello

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-20

Sometimes NHL teams make lineup decisions for reasons other than a pure assessment of each individual’s merit, and on Friday Dallas Eakins admitted that Mark Arcobello – who is favoured to win a spot in the team’s top-nine out of training camp – likely deserved a better shot than he was given a year ago.

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#17 - David Musil

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

After falling out of the top 20 in our last winter rankings, Musil has rebounded back up four spots for our summer instalment of the Top 25 series. David Musil has broken his recent downward slide in our Top 25 Under 25 series. After falling from 11th to 17th to 21st over the last two seasons, Musil rebounds up to to the 17 position in our most recent evaluation of young Oiler assets. After not reaching any higher than 20th on any of our panelists lists last time, Musil was able to secure a top 20 ranking from all but two our our group this time. His most notable critic remains Derek Zona, who has been Musil's harshest reviewer for quite a while now. Rank Player DOB Drafted Year Al

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Edmonton Oil Kings set to raise curtain — and two new banners! — on 2014-15 WHL season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-20

The Edmonton Oil Kings take to the ice at Rexall Place tonight to kick off the 2014-15 season against their old rivals the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 7 p.m., and this is one game fans will want to arrive on time, as proceedings will kick off with a double banner-raising. For the first time, a Memorial Cup banner and Western Hockey League championship banner will be raised in tandem. That’s because the Dub didn’t even exist back when Al Hamilton’s Oil Kings beat Bobby Orr’s Oshawa Generals to win their last national title back in 1966. The junior loop got its own start that fall. A lot of water has gone under the High Level Bridge from that day to this. The original Oi

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WHO ARE YOU?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-20

In the late 1970′s, the Montreal Expos were a strong team in the NL East. The powerhouse in the division (Pittsburgh Pirates) were aging but still formidable, and the surging Phillies boasted an outstanding group of regulars and two all-time greats (Mike Schmidt and Steve Carleton). The Expos went from horrawful in 1975 to strong contenders just a few short years later. In 1979, they lost the division to the Pirates by 2 games and the following year finished 1 game back of the Phillies. Both Pennsylvania teams would go on to win a World Series championship. In 1981, the strike season, Montreal won the division in a playoff with the Phillies, before losing in a heartbreaking LCS to the

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#18 - Marco Roy

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

The player formerly known as Marc-Olivier drops another couple spots. For me, the toughest part of the Oilers' Top 25 Under 25 to care about are the rankings in the high teens. At this point we've moved past the wouldn't-it-be-fun-if-they-made-it long shots, but we haven't yet reached that group of prospects who are knocking on the door. This is the mushy middle of the Top 25 where the prospects who are falling out of favour tend to land. Players like Marco Roy  for example. After being ranked at #15 following the 2013 draft, Roy slipped to the 16th spot last spring, and now finds himself a little farther down the list again checking in at #18. Alan Ben Bruce Curtis DB Derek

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LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-20

Even the most avid hockey fan loses the script when it comes to prospects and injuries. A player is drafted, and we track the stats but forget the injuries. The cumulative effect of those injuries often means a top prospect is not what he was supposed to be five years on. We remember Marc Pouliot as a failed prospect, but do we remember all of the injuries and lost games in those vital development years? I suspect the answer is no. As the fall arrives and Tyler Pitlick looks to make the NHL for good, it's worth remembering the injuries, and discussing their impact.

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MacKinnon: Fayne brings defensive responsibility to Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Mark Fayne is meant to be part of the solution on defence for the Edmonton Oilers, and he certainly brings an enticing resume to the job description. The 27-year-old defender spent four years at Providence College before joining the defence-first New Jersey Devils in 2010-11 and was tutored by the likes of Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire and Scott Stevens, Hall of Famers every one.

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Petry shoulder injury considered a ‘tweak’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Defenceman Jeff Petry left the first scrimmage of the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp with a shoulder injury that wasn’t framed as serious after the proceedings wrapped up on Friday. “He tweaked his shoulder. We don’t think it’s anything huge,” said head coach Dallas Eakins.

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Westgarth always has to fight for a place on team

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Kevin Westgarth has dropped the mitts 111 times, so he rolls with the punches, but it’s interesting that he’s at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp on a tryout after he was nailed by fellow beat cop Luke Gazdic at Rexall Place on March 1. When someone suggested that he was caught with a lucky punch, Westgarth laughed.

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