Draisaitl among players to watch at Memorial Cup

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-21

QUEBEC — Five players to watch at the Mastercard Memorial Cup: 1. Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets: The six-foot-one, 210-pound centre led the Rockets in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 28 points in 19 games. Drafted third overall by Edmonton in 2014, the German started the season with the Oilers, then was returned to the Western Hockey League in January. 2. Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts: The Tampa Bay Lightning, already loaded with scoring talent, have another on the way with the six-foot-one 218-pound left winger. The New Haven, Conn. native was second in QMJHL playoff scoring with 21 goals and nine assists in 22 games. Picked 33rd overall by the Bolts in 2013. 3. Jan Kostalek, Rimou

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Oil Spills - Leafs Land Babcock. Another Terrible Team Suddenly Looking Smart.

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-21

The Oilers are doing smart things. The Leafs are doing smart things. What world are we living in? No doubt about it, the big story from yesterday was the Leafs landing Mike Babcock as their new head coach. And they got his name on a contract for the bargain basement price of just $50M over eight years. Maybe bargain isn't exactly the word I'm looking for, but even if they overpaid (and I'm not sure they did, how many wins is Babcock worth a season?) this isn't a stupid move on their part. Building a team in the salary cap era is an efficiency contest. If you overpay a player by $1M that's money you can't spend elsewhere in your lineup. Missing the mark with players hurts, but the salar

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Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson again show their quality, though Barons bounced from playoffs

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-21

The 2015 run of the Oklahoma City Barons in the Calder Cup playoffs is over. The Barons lost 1-0 to the Utica Comets on Thursday. Oklahoma outchanced the Comets 16 to 12 in the game and could easily have won it, but could not get a shot past massive Jacob Markstrom. Oklahoma’s Richard Bachman was also strong, but he made one small mistake, giving up a rebound on  a shot, only to see it slammed home. That’s playoff hockey in 2015, a game of solid defence, stifling goaltending and bounces often being the only difference between the two teams. Oklahoma certainly did not dominate the series, but two Oklahoma players again set themselves part in the contest as Oilers prospects, Darn

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Chiarelli on Nurse

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-21

With his head coach in place, general manager Peter Chiarelli's attention will now focus on supplying his new head coach with a lineup that can be competitive.Will Darnell Nurse be part of the 23-man roster?

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EXITING THE SYSTEM: OKLAHOMA, USA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-21

If you’ve got horseshoes, you’re in Oil Country! And the hits just keep on coming! Trevor Linden: “Oh, you just kind of… I… you just kind of roll your eyes… It’s just a disbelief… (Hosts laugh and joke that they can hear his reaction in his voice) It’s like – are you kidding?” Source I mean, it’s like gold for me. The great thing is, it’s true! ARE you kidding me? NOOO! It’s true. Honestly, I’ve never been to an opium den (are there opium dens?) but this must be what its like. Music! Damn straight, Trevor! Roll your eyes!!! The lottery win is like that Bugs Bunny episode where the Acme Hat Company truck loses all the hats and they k

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Off-Season Targets: Paul Martin

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-21

When Team USA went to Sochi in 2014, defender Paul Martin was one of the most debated about players on the team. Martin isn’t a sexy name, and many under-appreciate his efforts, but the facts are he is a good NHL defender. While Martin certainly isn’t elite, he’s a good, veteran defender in the NHL. This summer, Martin will get to test the free agent market as his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins expires. Would Martin, an established top-four guy, be of interest to the Oilers? Would he be interested in joining Edmonton’s recent adds both on and off the ice? Why Is He Out There: He’s the best all-around defender the Penguins have, but he’s slated to hi

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From waiver wire fodder to bona fide NHLer, Anton Lander made giant strides in 2014-15

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-21

2014-15 Edmonton Oilers in Review: Anton Lander ___ Call Anton Lander “the one that didn’t get away”. Not for lack of opportunity, mind, as the entire NHL threw Edmonton Oilers a massive mulligan on October 6 when they all passed on the chance to claim Lander off the waiver wire. He had been so exposed by a team whose coach complained publicly of having just “two NHL centres”. Lander clearly wasn’t deemed one, finishing sixth in a training camp battle that included fellow minor-leaguers Mark Arcobello and Will Acton along with teenager Leon Draisaitl and those two NHLers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Boyd Gordon. Fortunately that came at a time when every team

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Quality Starts Percentage

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-05-21

Adjusted Save Percentage, developed and published by War on Ice, is a very well thought out stat, and I’ve relied on it heavily the past few weeks looking at goalies. Darcy put together a fantastic post recently that looked into the history of the available goalies and found some interesting stuff. Highly recommend checking out his assessment. I decided to use Darcy’s list of goalies and focus on their percentage of Quality Starts over the past five years. I’ve also included the number of games started in parentheses. Please note, QS% relies on traditional save percentage data (not adjusted) and factors in all situations (even-strength, powerplay, penalty kill). From Hoc

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Farewell Barons

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-20

Quick post, but I feel like it is worthwhile. The Oklahoma City Barons fell tonight 1-0 in game seven of the AHL’s Western Conference semi-final and were eliminated by the Utica Comets. Richard Bachman was good, and the Barons played tough, but it simply was not meant to be, as Jacob Markstrom was sensational for Utica. The Comets will move on to face the Grand Rapids Griffins in the West Finals, but that isn’t important to us who follow the Oilers/Barons. This marks the end of an era in Oilers hockey. The Barons, since the start of the 2010/11 season, served as the Oil’s top affiliate. After years of Edmonton not having an AHL team to run, the team finally set-up shop agai

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Gretzky: McDavid ‘going to love’ Edmonton

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

TORONTO — Wayne Gretzky made his name with the Edmonton Oilers. He expects top prospect Connor McDavid will have a similar impact with the same team. Gretzky, who led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and went on to become the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, spoke on Wednesday night about McDavid’s potential. Edmonton holds the first overall pick in this summer’s draft and McDavid is expected to be selected at the top of his class. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play “I just think he’s a really good young player. I saw

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McDavid among OHL 1st All-Star Team selections

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

Already the most decorated skater in Ontario Hockey League history, Connor McDavid has added one more accolade to his spectacular junior career. On Wednesday, McDavid was named to the OHL 1st All-Star Team at the centre position. Joining the No. 1 NHL prospect on the wings is London Knights duo Max Domi and Mitch Marner, while Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Owen Sound Attack defencemen Anthony DeAngelo and Chris Bigras, along with Kingston Frontenacs goalie Lucas Peressini make up the back end of this killer lineup. Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been voted in as the 1st All-Star Team’s bench boss. 1st Team #OHL All-Stars: McDavid, Domi, Marner, DeAngelo, Bigras, Peressini, Keefe. REA

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Babcock’s impact on Sabres, Red Wings, Maple Leafs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-20

Okay, a quick look at what Mike Babcock’s decision means for the three teams involved: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS It’s a huge day for them. Babcock brings instant credibility after an ugly year. They went hard after him and all but closed the deal Monday night. And, to think some pundits didn’t believe they could pull it off… People can rip him all they want for taking the money, but once Detroit said no more than five years, the number of human beings alive who would leave $30 million on the table might not fill a small Cessna. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play The bigg

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