Bogdan Yakimov is developing nicely for Edmonton Oilers, but where might he fit in?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-31

2015 Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 4 BogdanYakimov Previously: No. 4 overall in the 2014 ranking  Life got a whole lot more complicated for Bogdan Yakimov on April 18. That was the day Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and earned the right to draft generational talent Connor McDavid. The 18-year-old McDavid is, of course, a centre, the same position that Yakimov (20) plays. It’s also the same spot preferred by Leon Draisaitl (19), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (22) and Anton Lander (24). It’s a ridiculous collection of young talent down the middle that will soon be the envy of the NHL if it isn’t already. That’s without accounting for 30-year-old Mark Letestu who may

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Prospect Profile: Barons to Condors

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-30

Part 6 of my summer series, Prospect Profile, is going to look at a group of players who are poised to be big parts of the Oilers farm system, and overall depth this coming season. It’s going to be an exciting year as far as the farm system is concerned. Over the summer, the Oilers have transitioned their AHL affiliate from the new defunct Oklahoma City Barons, to the Bakersfield Condors, formerly of the ECHL. Along with membership in the AHL, the Condors also find themselves as inaugural members of the newly christened Pacific Division, beginning an exciting chapter for both the Oilers and the Condors franchises. And the Condors look to be a prominent force in the division, with many

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BLH Sunday Night Pint #6: Yakupov, Golden Bears vs. Oilers Rookies, and Oilers Under Pressure

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-30

Cheers for checking out the Beer League Heroes Sunday Night Pint #6! If you’re new to the SNP allow me to introduce you to it. What we do is we basically go over the week that was in the world hockey, more specifically the Edmonton Oilers. Simple and smooth and it goes down well with a fine glass of Glenfiddich. Today we’re joined by Rob Cooke (@cooke_rob), Zach Laing (@loweded), Brennen York (@draftgeekhockey), and Oil on Whyte’s Sammi Silber (@sammisilber)! The topics are as follows: So let’s get to it shall we! Which Member of the Edmonton Oilers is Under the Most Pressure Going Into 2015/16? SS – Man, this a tough question. There’s arguments for a lot

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REVOLVERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-30

One of the first things Todd McLellan will discover on arrival (he already knows it but is about to live it) is that the gifted young forwards have all of their cannons pointed in one direction. Our conversation this morning about Nail Yakupov is a great example of what the new coach will face. When ALL of your skill wingers have the same issue, what is a coach to do? My guess is that he marries the skilled men with responsible players and tries to find a way to make it work. What would that look like? Back in 2010, Tom Renney deployed his opening night lineup like this: L1: Penner-Gagner-Hemsky L2: Hall-Horcoff-Eberle L3: Paajarvi-Cogliano-Brule L4: Jones-Fraser-MacIntyre D1: Whitney-Foste

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HOW MANY JOBS ARE UP FOR GRABS??

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-30

Start a conversation online or at work these days about the Oilers and the conversation (after the McDavid fist bump) quickly turns to who gets what job. Will Leon play the wing? HOW can they send down Nurse? Peter Chiarelli said Griffin Reinhart would be on the Oilers this fall—book it! For Oilers fans this century, it (for the most part) comes down to contracts.

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#16 - Brandon Davidson

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-30

Davidson leapfrogs five spots to #16 in this incarnation of the Top 25. Less than two weeks after his 24th birthday, the southpaw rearguard from Taber clocks in at #16 in our Top 25. Let's go to the scorecards to see where everyone had him. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 17 22 15 17 12 14 16 16 18 14 Previous Rank: 21 IN BRIEF Davidson's rank of #16 is his highest on the Top 25 yet.  In 2014-15, he finished his second full season with the OKC Barons after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012-13 limited him to a couple dozen games.  Davidson also appeared in a dozen games for the Oilers last year after being recalled in December

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GONE BY VALENTINES?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-30

Now that the Oilers have a more tradition NHL GM, there are all kinds of possibilities that weren’t out there before. In-season trades to address current weakness (like a goalie or center last fall), minor league player for NHL player, that kind of thing. It also means we should be on the lookout for a pump and dump. This is Chuck Arnason. Flin Flin Bomber. In junior hockey he was a tremendous scorer, popped 79 goals in his draft season and was chosen No. 7 overall in the 1971 draft. The problem? Montreal took him. At the 1971-72 training camp, Arnason’s competition on RW would have been: Yvan Cournoyer (who would score 47 goals on the top line in 1971-72) Guy Lafleur (No. 1 ove

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Can Edmonton Oilers prospect Laurent Brossoit help salvage Craig MacTavish’s reputation?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-30

Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 5 Laurent Brossoit Previously: No. 15 overall in the 2014 ranking It’s abundantly clear that Craig MacTavish’s time as Edmonton Oilers general manager didn’t go the way anyone in the organization hoped. After two difficult seasons in which the club failed to make any significant headway in the NHL standings, MacTavish was demoted in favour of ex-Bruins G.M. Peter Chiarelli. That’s not to say there weren’t bright spots to his tenure. Among them was the November 2013 trade which landed goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit, a trade that was widely panned (including by yours truly) at the time it happened. But with the players sent out either failing to

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GOALIES ARE VOODOO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-29

The moves this summer by Peter Chiarelli (is he done?) offer us insight into the mindset of management and new coach Todd McLellan. When a new GM and coach arrive, and follow up with massive additions 'up the middle' it shows what caught their eye in regard to the weakness of last year's crew. It's one thing to send a distant bell to the 'Hawks for a possible backup goalie, but are the Oilers seriously considering running an inexperienced goalie combination? Or will he ADD an experienced hand to the four men already heading to camp? 

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SNF

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

There’s a lot of talk on the blog these days about Schultz, Nikitin and Ference. The trio are often thrown into a pile and at some point have become interchangeable in conversation. Is that fair? Let’s go to the Vollman. VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER Here were see Schultz getting a massive zone start push and his bubble is blue and healthy. For me, the issue in regard to him was threefold one year ago: The TOI was overwhelming. I do believe the amount of time he played impact his effectiveness. Oscar Klefbom helped the pairing but it took a significant piece away from a defensive pairing. The actual production was less than ample. Travis Yost did a fine job looking at the issue (and oth

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(LOOKING FOR) THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

How many complete defensemen have skated in an Oilers uniform since 1979? Seriously. I’m not talking about great defensemen or big hitters or powerful shooters, I’m talking complete defensemen. Chris Pronger? You bet. After that, we can make a list and check it twice but this is not a long list, not as impressive as (say) the Boston Bruins of my lifetime. A complete defenseman is (my definition) able to play successfully in all three disciplines, bring a physical element while also being able to play a two-way game. In the olden days the guy could fight but that’s not necessary anymore. I don’t believe blocking shots is a value tool (it’s more a reflection of po

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#17 - Iiro Pakarinen

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-29

From zero to Iiro. Or something even more clever. Iiro Pakarinen knows how to hockey.  For this, and other reasons, he slots in at #17 in our Top 25 Under 25 for 2015. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 18 21 23 22 19 17 20 19 16 17 A former draft pick of the Florida Panthers (184th overall in 2011), Pakarinen came to Oil Country via free agency last summer after spending time in Finland's Liiga.  His career-to-date statistics are as follows, courtesy of eliteprospects.com: Despite what might appear to be a severe allergy to offense - or at least assists - Pakarinen does possess some nice tools that we’ve seen some flashes of in the bi

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