Cult of Hockey: Justin Schultz has never been a good top-four defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-13

Justin Schultz has played most of four seasons—243 games in all—for the Edmonton Oilers over his NHL career. It appears that his time with the Oilers will come to an end in the near future, and before that happens there’s something that should be cleared up. Schultz has never been a good defenceman for the Oilers. He was a very famous defensive prospect, and undoubtedly a good defenceman for the University of Wisconsin. He was an exceptional defenceman for the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL during his time with that team. But at the NHL level he’s never been more than a third-pair offensive specialist, a player pushed up the lineup well beyond his ability to deliver. Schultz wasn’

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Background Checks

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-02-13

With the trade deadline coming, we know the Oilers will be moving pieces like Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz with an eye to the future.  I’m expecting the Oilers to acquire picks and prospects, and clear up as much cap space as possible to add pieces to the defence core during the off season. This is definitely a concern I have with GM Peter Chiarelli. He has made some reasonable bets adding Cam Talbot and Andrej Sekera who have both done well in their respective positions. But he has also made an investment in forwards Lauri Korpikoskiand Mark Letestu, who have both been dreadful at even-strength this season. What’s even more troubling is that both players had a history of cr

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Turning Edmonton into a High-Event Team

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-13

One of the most entertaining teams to watch this season have been the Dallas Stars. With a well constructed roster, they're near the top of the league when it comes to goals and points percentage, and have also posted some excellent underlying numbers as well at even-strength (Source: War on Ice and Hockey Reference). Dallas Stars - 2015/16 (5v5) Record 35-15-5 3rd Points% 0.636 2nd Goals For% 52.8% 5th Corsi For% (Adjusted) 53.8% 2nd Scoring Chances For% 54.5% 2nd Shots For% 52.8% 5th Save% 91.9% 20th Shooting% 8.1% 6th The Stars really rely on being a high-event team, meaning they generate a high number of shots that are well above the league average, but t

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Nilsson stellar in debut, 3-2

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-02-13

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (22-18-2-2; .545) received a stellar goaltending debut from G Anders Nilsson and won their fourth straight, 3-2, over the Ontario Reign (28-12-3-1; .681). Bakersfield moves to third in the Pacific Division with the victory and are now 3-0-1 in their last four against the Pacific Division leaders.  AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS: Slepyshev goal | Khaira Goal | Klinkhammer Winner Media: Box Score FIRST PERIOD CONDORS GOAL: RW Anton Slepyshev (7th) forced a turnover and crept in from the right-wing circle and backhanded thru the pads of G Michael Houser; Assist: Ford; Time of goal: 5:32; BAK leads, 1-0 REIGN GOAL: RW Justin Auger (11

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Fixing the Oilers the Trump Way

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-02-12

I know, some people love articles like these, some people hate them, however, for fun, if I were looking to turn this organization around with a little more success, this is what I would do: Players to keep Hall-Draisatl-xxx xxx-McDavid-Yakupov Pouliot-RNH-Kassian Korpikoski-Letestu-Hendricks Klefbom-xxx Sekera-xxx Nurse-Gryba Talbot There, those are the only players I consider necessary.  And I know, RNH is overpaid at the 3C spot, but that’s fine for now.  So, these are the players I’m leaving out: Forwards:  Purcell, Eberle, Pakarinen, Klinkhammer, Gazdic Defense: Davidson, Fayne, Schultz, Ference, Reinhart Goaltending:  Nilsson Who’s Coming In? Now, first things first:  G

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AHL TARGETS (NORTH DIVISION)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-12

In our continuing look at possible additions at the trade deadline, we arrive at the Northern Division. A bunch of Canadian teams and some outstanding talent that could shake loose at the deadline or in summer.

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Maple Leafs prospect Marner scores jaw-dropping goal

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-12

It’s hard not to see why the Toronto Maple Leafs were so high on Mitch Marner at the 2015 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old Maple Leafs prospect had one of the best individual highlights of the entire hockey season for the London Knights against the Niagara IceDogs on Friday night. In the third period, Marner received a pass just at the top of the right circle. He immediately deked past a defender, kicked the puck to his forehand, and scored on the ensuing move while he was caught towards the back of the goal line. Words don’t do this play justice. Marner, well-known for his hands and scoring ability, has registered 30 goals in 40 games for London entering Friday night’s action.

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Oilers break up former dynamic duo as Draisaitl and Hall skate on separate lines at practice

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-12

Based off the third period of Thursday’s win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hall and Draisaitl will be going through a trial separation.

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McDavid and five point nights

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-12

Last night Connor McDavid became the third rookie in Oilers history to score five points in a game joining Dave Lumley (February 1st, 1980) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (November 19th, 2011). RNH and McDavid tallied five points in their 19th NHL game. Lumley did it in his 50th game, and Wayne Gretzky (who wasn't considered a rookie due to playing in WHA) had his first five-point game in his 49th career game on January 30th, 1980, the game before Lumley tallied five.McDavid and his linemates, Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot, put on quite the show last night, and Oilers fans should get used to watching special performances from McDavid.

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Should Oilers Extend Draisaitl This Summer Instead Of Next?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-02-12

The Edmonton Oilers are quietly approaching a conundrum this off-season with the question of whether management led by general manager Peter Chiarelli should extend sophomore Leon Draisaitl this summer instead of next. With the CBA the Oilers are able to negotiate an extension one year out from the end of Draisaitl’s entry level contract (ELC) which pays him $875K per year. With Draisaitl entering the final year this summer it would make sense for the Oilers to lock Draisaitl up to a mid-range deal that’ll give the team some long-term cap flexibility. The Oilers have already done this with defenseman Oscar Klefbom who signed a seven-year deal with a $4.1M  cap hit. They’ve

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