2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp expectations: Who gets cut, and when?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-23

The Oilers are about to begin the part of the hockey season that most resembles a reality television program: making cuts to their training camp roster. The process actually got underway on Monday, with the return of tryout winger Chris Baltisberger to his team back in Switzerland:   It will likely continue with a big cut on Tuesday. Last year as a way of benchmarking training camp performance I wrote up predictions for when players would be cut. The idea wasn’t to create a firm hierarchy of names, but rather to create reasonable expectations to see which players would surpass and which ones would fall short. Ultimately it ended up being pretty close, with some trivial exceptions and

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Leon Draisaitl makes big impression in first pre-season game with Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-23

It took Leon Draisaitl one shift to stand out in his first preseason game with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Leon Draisaitl says he can handle heat at Edmonton Oilers training camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-23

The intent, began the judicious rookie, is to shut out the external clamour — and there has been plenty to contend with since the Edmonton Oilers selected Leon Draisaitl third overall in the NHL entry draft. He has been the centre of attention since June, and not just because he was drafted so high but also because the Oilers don’t have anyone to anchor their second line, which is a far more pressing problem then locking down the remaining vacancy in the middle.

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City council to consider sale of block of 103rd street in arena district to Katz-WAM Group

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-23

Edmonton City Council could potentially approve a bylaw Monday to turn a block of 103rd Street in the arena district into a private road. The public hearing scheduled for the afternoon will consider a Katz-WAM Group proposal to buy the portion of 103rd Street between 103rd and 104th Avenue. The area sits between the future Oilers Plaza and a residential tower, currently a gravel parking lot and the Greyhound bus station.

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Oilers prospect Greg Chase likes to get opponents thinking about him rather than their game

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-23

Greg Chase is one part goal scorer and about six parts pain in the backside.

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PROCUREMENT

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-22

If everything breaks right the Edmonton Oilers will sign Vladimir Tkachev to a contract later this week. I believe it's a quality move, a real innovation—no matter the outcome of the player's career. Why? NHL teams only have so many ways to procure useful talent, and badly need to exercise all of them. Oilers history has many players acquired in unusual ways.

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Ryan Garner: Muzzling Pitbull: Contenders for the Oilers’ New Goal Song

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-22

The Edmonton Oilers have taken huge strides to improve the on-ice product during the offseason, bolstering the forward ranks and defensive corps. Honestly, we have no idea whether those moves will pay off once the season starts. However, the Oilers have identified another area that was in desperate need of an overhaul: their goal song. Last season, the Oilers played Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop...

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THE NUMBER 23

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-22

Early this afternoon the Edmonton Oilers made their first transaction of this year’s TC, sending away Chris Baltisberger. We’ll probably see more cuts tonight or tomorrow and the hopefuls are moving up and down the ranks based on performance and team needs. Let’s have another look at the list. CERTAIN OILERS (20 plus Gazdic) LEFT WING (4) CENTER (5) RIGHT WING (3) TAYLOR HALL RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS JORDAN EBERLE BENOIT POULIOT LEON DRAISAITL DAVID PERRON NAIL YAKUPOV MARK ARCOBELLO TEDDY PURCELL MATT HENDRICKS BOYD GORDON   LUKE GAZDIC (IR) ANTON LANDER         LEFT DEFENSE (3)   RIGHT DEFENSE (3) MARTIN MARINCIN   JEFF PETRY NIKITA NIKITIN

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Oilers’ prospect Pakarinen comes as advertised

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-22

Calgary — Finland national team winger Iiro Pakarinen admits his heart skipped more than a few beats when his agent called in June and said the Edmonton Oilers, of all teams, wanted to bring him over to North America. “Jari Kurri was a very big guy for us,” said Pakarinen, who played for the split-squad Oilers against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. “I remember Nagano, all the big games Kurri played at the Olympics (in 1998).

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Draisaitl wastes little time making a good first impression

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-22

Rookie jitters? Hardly. It took all of 88 seconds for Leon Draisaitl, playing his first NHL pre-season game, to deftly thread a pass to a teammate and set up the first goal in a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

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City council to consider sale of block of 103rd street in arena district to Katz-WAM Group

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-22

Edmonton City Council could potentially approve a bylaw Monday to turn a block of 103rd Street in the arena district into a private road. The public hearing scheduled for the afternoon will consider a Katz-WAM Group proposal to buy the portion of 103rd Street between 103rd and 104th Avenue. The area sits between the future Oilers Plaza and a residential tower, currently a gravel parking lot and the Greyhound bus station.

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John MacKinnon: Plenty of good signs for Oilers, but it’s only pre-season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-22

Sure, it was only the pre-season, but it can be asserted, without fear of contradiction, that the Rexall Place organist was in mid-season form Sunday night. He riffed on Hava Nagila, a staple in drafty hockey barns for decades. During the pre-game warm-up, the Organ Guy (as he’s identified on the back of the jersey he wears) delivered a fine version of that old Ventures hit, Walk, Don’t Run, which certainly was appropriate for the pre-season.

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