Craig MacTavish’s blueprint for Edmonton Oilers: keep core youngsters & developing talent, change everything else

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-27

The MacT Rebuild, Part IV: The first 500 days If 2013 April 15 was Day One of the Third Craig MacTavish Era, then today is Day 500. Seems as good a day as any to take a step back and evaluate what MacTavish has accomplished. In the standings, not a lot, not yet. In terms of transactions, both on and off the ice, GM MacT has been a busy man. The front office and coaching staffs have both undergone a complete makeover, as indeed has the overall organizational structure. The club has added (or promoted from Oklahoma City) some strong hockey men to middle management, and brought a couple of analytics experts on board in Dan Haight and Tyler Dellow. The organization’s scouting and recruitme

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Could the Toronto Maple Leafs hypothetical expansion cousin reach to history for its name?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-27

On Tuesday evening the mostly non-existent hockey news cycle was taken over by reports that the NHL was planning to expand to 34 teams, with new franchises slated for Seattle, Quebec City, Las Vegas and Toronto: In an independent report, Postmedia’s Tony Gallagher specifically cited Las Vegas as the most certain location for expansion, but he too referenced the other three cities from the Bloom tweet. Toronto will be the most contentious of these teams, not because the market can’t handle a second club – owning the Maple Leafs is famously a license to print money – but because the owners of the current team will doubtless fight tooth-and-nail to prevent any market dilution. But that

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Crap!!! I’m starting to drink the Oilers kool-aid

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-08-27

Every summer the Edmonton Oilers get rid of a few plugs, add a few bodies and draft a top prospect.  The media tells me that the future is bright and how the new additions are going to help.  They tell me that the kids will be a year older and better.  Then I talk to [...] The post Crap!!! I’m starting to drink the Oilers kool-aid appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Does Oscar Klefbom fit into the Edmonton Oilers 2014-15 plans?

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-08-27

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was a busy man in trying to improve his blueine this summer and while he did manage to add the trio of Keith Aulie, Mark Fayne and Nikita Nikitin, one has to wonder where Oscar Klefbom fits into the mix for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

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NHL Expanding by four teams?!? Maybe, apparently.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-27

#451341526 / gettyimages.com I knew something was up when we recorded a new podcast last night and there was no major NHL news to report. Usually when that happens something goes kablooey the second we upload it. Low and behold, apparently the NHL is close to expanding by four teams, including another one in Toronto, by 2017.

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Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have different styles, but similar success unleashing scoring chance shots

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-27

  Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are different players in style, Hall a flame-thrower, Eberle a rapier. Hall blazes down the wing  and scorches opposing d-men with his lightning speed and burning shot. Eberle slices through the zone, his eyes up and probing for weaknesses, searching for his chance to make a deadly thrust, pass or shot towards the net. Though the styles are different, the results are similar. Both players are able to unleash a high number of hard or dangerous slots from the slot area on net. Hall led the Edmonton Oilers in this category in 2013-14, the first time I kept track of this activity for a full Oilers season. In total, Hall had 168 hard or dangerous shots on net

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BIG FISH BITES IF YOU’VE GOT GOOD BAIT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-27

A couple of days ago, NHL.com had some interesting quotes about the Edmonton Oilers and where they sit as we prepare for training camp. As always, Craig MacTavish is very forthcoming: MacTavish: “I think there is room for somebody outside of the organization if we can find the right complement. In my mind it’s a real significant piece that we’re looking for, and it would have to be a big incremental difference between who we feel would fill that position currently and the player that we would bring in. If we were able to get a star player that could win faceoffs, play big minutes and be productive at the net front and on the power play, we’d really enhance our abilit

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Changes On The Tube

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-27

When you go to watch an Edmonton Oilers game this season on TV, there will be a number of changes you’ll be noticing. First is that the Oilers, to fans in Alberta, won’t be on TSN anymore. As we all know, TSN lost it’s national feed rights, and now only covers select games in localized broadcasts. Second, Sportsnet will be taking over the national feed, and third, the number of CBC Hockey Night games will start to decrease as the transition to fully Sportsnet begins to take place. The changing of the guard networks wise is a big change for everyone, but at least we’ll get to see the familiar faces of the Sportsnet guys, right? Wrong. A New Color: Louie Debrusk, the fu

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HURRY SEPTEMBER

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-08-27

In a recent article at NHL.com, Craig MacTavish (GM of the Edmonton Oilers) talked about the club's need for a 2C. ( Source ) "I think there is room for somebody outside of the organization if we can find the right complement. In my mind it's a real significant piece that we're looking for, and it would have to be a big incremental difference between who we feel would fill that position currently and the player that we would bring in. If we were able to get a star player that could win faceoffs, play big minutes and be productive at the net front and on the power play, we'd really enhance our ability to compete and to have a great degree of success. But they are tough to find."

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Just Who Is Craig Ramsay

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-27

The Oilers made numerous moved this off-season at the NHL level that were designed to help improve the roster. It started with forwards Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, and it went to a trio of defenders in Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin and Keith Aulie. While those are solid adds, the best one might be off-ice. The Oilers made a splash behind the bench, adding a veteran assistant coach and a guy with a great pedigree in Craig Ramsay, most recently an assistant with the Florida Panthers. The Means Of Entry: Ramsay was hired in June by the team to replace Kelly Buchberger, who had been reassigned within the organization following the conclusion of last season. Ramsay, like Dallas Eakins, comes f

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Former Edmonton Oilers Oilers prospect Taylor Fedun eager for fresh start

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-27

Taylor Fedun still has that mechanical engineering degree in his back pocket — any guy who can build a hovercraft as a school thesis can probably get a high-paying job in the real world — but his National Hockey League dream continues to burn brightly, even though it won’t be in his hometown. He was the best defenceman on the Edmonton Oilers farm team, but with a raft of drafted, younger blueliners on the organizational ladder, Fedun was asked if he’d like to look around following late June’s NHL draft to gauge if there was interest somewhere else.

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Brett Pollock looks to elevate offensive role with Edmonton Oil Kings

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-27

Curtis Lazar’s No. 1 goal is to play in the National Hockey League this coming season, something the Edmonton Oil Kings may have to accept. And that’s OK with the likes of forward Brett Pollock, who relishes the opportunity to fill a bigger role on the Memorial Cup champions’ roster.

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