Oilers Twitter Mail – Why The Wait

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-25

Wednesday, I answered the first of many twitter questions that I received at the start of the month. Tonight, I continue answering the questions from you, the readers. @CopyDarryl asked the following question when I asked for them a few weeks back: @CopyDarryl: How about the reason or reasons why it’s taking so long for so many good free agents to sign It’s a good question, because this season we have seen players last far into July that just wouldn’t in a normal year. Think of it like this, can you think of one bad contract that was handed out on July 1st? I can’t. NHL teams didn’t have their usual frenzy this season, rather they had a much smarter, more calc

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BRANDON MAN, OUT IN THE COLD?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-25

Brandon Davidson is waiver eligible this fall and that's a problem. The Edmonton Oilers are going to need useful, inexpensive players in the future and Davidson is a solid candidate for a depth role at a good price. However, as things stand, it's likely he'll lose the training camp battle for one of the seven available positions and then have to clear waivers. Is it a big deal?

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GUEST COLUMNIST: SwedishPoster reviews the 2015 draft (part 1: the first three rounds)

Source: Oilers Nerd Alert
Date: 2015-07-25

In his first guest column here at NerdAlert, SwedishPoster did an extensive review of drafting history to help create a set of guidelines for effective drafting.  He then followed up by using those guidelines to assess previous drafts.  It is highly recommended that, if you haven’t read them already, you take a look.  He uses those same guidelines here to assess the 2015 draft. The original draft guideline post can be found here. The follow up is here. This post is part 1 of 4, and reviews the first three rounds. When doing my first write up on drafting I mentioned that I’d look at former Oiler picks with my draft rules in mind, which I’ve done a few weeks ago, and also take a

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 1: MITCHELL MOROZ

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-25

The Oklahoma City Barons haven’t produced many NHL forwards but there are some solid reasons for it. Since 2010 (when the Barons got rolling) Edmonton has turned pro several forwards who didn’t enter through the AHL. Among them? Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and on it goes.Hard to crack that lineup, folks. One of the issues that impacted Barons prospects in a big way (imo) was playing time. The 20-year old forwards were brought along by sundial, biding their time and not getting at-bats during a precious development period. By way of comparison, I’ve included one non-Baron in this look at 20-year old AHL points-per-game. This player was draft

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Rumor Roundup: Flyers, Sharks and Oilers buzz

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-25

It appears efforts by the Philadelphia Flyers to trade Vincent Lecavalier have once again proven futile. GM Ron Hextall told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio his club remains “status quo” with the 35-year-old center, adding they intend to start the season with Lecavalier to see how it goes. Last summer, there was interest in Lecavalier from the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers, prompting speculation Hextall might find a taker this year. However, the combination of Lecavalier’s ongoing decline and his $4.5-million annual cap hit through 2017-18 makes him a tough sell, even to clubs which have the cap space to absorb. it. Panaccio reports Hextall was hoping interest in Leca

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From “Shame on you, Katz!” to “I don’t get the complaining.” Edmonton Oilers fans divided on new prices for tickets at downtown arena:

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-25

The Edmonton Oilers have released information on how much tickets will cost at the new arena and Oilers fans are divided, some hating the price increase, others accepting it as part of the cost of moving into a new arena. I’ll start off with some letters sent to me on the issue, before moving into Twitter reaction. The letters: “A shameful money grab.” As a season seat holder since 2006, all I have ever seen this team do is lose. I have made my feelings of discontent clear to the team every year that prices increase. But this latest increase for the new building is a shameful money grab by the Edmonton Oilers! I am very upset with this team right now. I bought the hope they

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FREE AGENTS! ALMOST FREE!

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-24

The Montreal Canadiens signed Alexander Semin today, for $1.1 million over a year. Insane value contract for a team that needed offense—even if he doesn't work out that's very little money. We're one week from August and there are a lot of good players still available. Will Edmonton sign one? Probably not, they're at 47 contracts and may have a move or two to come, but if the Oilers were calling around, what players would be on the other end of the line?

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Did Fayne feign struggling this season?

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-24

The Oilers partially based their acquisition of Mark Fayne on information gained from analytics. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail referred to Fayne as an “analytics darling.” (Not a term I would use, although somewhat common in the analytics lingo.) He was one of several players the Oilers acquired based on advanced statistics, which included David Perron, Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouliot, and possibly Rob Klinkhammer. Because Fayne was considered a top-4 defenseman, a lot was expected from him. After all, he did play top-pairing minutes with Andy Greene in New Jersey. At the beginning of the 2014/15 season, then coach Dallas Eakins put Fayne up against the toughest competiti

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RE-DRAFT: MY LIST

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-24

I’ve run my top 120 through the Oilers draft lens to compare my list to what the Oilers did on draft day. No real value, but it’s interesting to have a look back and see how things rolled out. It also gives us a chance to re-set the value on the Reinhart and Talbot deals. My final pick on this list? I had him ranked No. 74 on my pre-draft final list. OILERS AT NO. 1 OVERALL: CONNOR MCDAVID LOWETIDE AT NO. 1 OVERALL: CONNOR MCDAVID The Oilers have been all-in on the draft since January 2010 but no one could have predicted the motherlode. Connor McDavid has changed everything since the lottery victory—including the weather. No skill here, he’s been No. 1 in 2015 for exactly forever

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New seats, some hefty prices for Oilers tickets at Rogers Place

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-24

Want guaranteed seat to see Connor McDavid at Rogers Place next year? Be prepared to hand over at least $1,950 for the season. Or, if you’re feeling really flush with cash, you could get an exclusive seat in a “theatre” box in the new arena for $23,000.

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Examining the Oilers Core.

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-24

I am a firm believer that for a team to be a consistent cup contender a team must have a core group of players that are kept together for as long as possible. That is a very easy statement to make without providing any additional information with it. A few questions that come up when talking about this subject are what is the core? How many players do you in include in the core? What positions make up the core? Who exactly are the core players for the Edmonton Oilers? And finally are all the pieces here? The first question when we are examining the Oilers core is obviously what is the core? That question goes hand in hand with the question of how many players make up the core so I will answ

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Logan Couture’s off-season ‘really sucked,’ until…

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-24

The 2015 off-season hit Logan Couture like a punch in the face, because it began in April. It’s a horrible feeling to realize your season is over the day the regular season ends, and Couture, 26, never experienced it in his first five NHL seasons. His San Jose Sharks missed the post-season for the first time in his career this past spring, and he makes no effort to sugarcoat how much he hates that. “It sucks. It really sucks.” Couture resents the fact he hasn’t played competitive hockey since April 11 – a date he quotes, like he circled it on his calendar. He and the teammate he calls ‘Jumbo,’ fellow center Joe Thornton, felt a wave of frustration hit th

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