Cult of Hockey: Virtually any trade involving P.K. Subban and omitting Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall would be a win for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-24

Elite players are almost impossible to find in the NHL. That’s what makes P.K. Subban such an appealing (and unlikely) trade target, and that’s what makes it so easy for the Edmonton Oilers to win almost any transaction involving the Montreal Canadiens defencemen. It’s easy enough to demonstrate the difficulty in acquiring such a player by looking at the Oilers’ won history. Although a pitiable franchise for the last decade, Edmonton was one of the few teams to enjoy a true dynasty post-expansion, and has a rich history. Even so, the list of Oilers defencemen clearly superior to Subban in talent is all of two names long, and given how short Chris Pronger’s stay in the city was we p

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NHL Draft: Round 1 Discussion Thread and Live Pick-by-Pick Results

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-06-24

Come chat with us as teenagers are compared to Hall of Fame players. Okay, let's get  this party started. Mr. Chiarelli if you could kindly make your way up to the podium and announce that the Oilers select Auston Matthews with the ... wait, what? The Oilers don't have the first overall pick this year, are you sure about that? Fourth overall? WHAT??? That can't possibly be right, I mean, is that even legal? Aren't there bylaws or something that cover this? I hope someone filed an appeal with the NHL over this. Trampling on the rights of Oilers fans to see our GM make the first pick is not acceptable. This aggression will not stand, man. Stay with us throughout the night as the Cop

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Cult of Hockey: Canadian teams have unprecedented chance to counter widening talent deficit at 2016 NHL Draft

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-24

It’s a strange time for Canadian hockey fans. On one level things were never better: our national men’s teams are two-time defending World Champions and two-time defending Olympic champions. Our national women’s team is four-time defending Olympic champions. Not bad, not bad at all. But in the professional game, hockey is on a low ebb in our country. All seven of our NHL franchises are struggling to be competitive. That’s no secret to the fanbases of those clubs, every last one of whom missed the playoffs this season. Whether you believe that is coincidence or systemic, it’s troubling. Just under a quarter (7/30 = 23%) of NHL teams play in Canada at the moment.

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If the Edmonton Oilers keep the fourth-overall NHL draft pick, will they take Matthew Tkachuk?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-24

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli still says the odds are “greater than 50 per cent” his club keeps the fourth overall pick in Friday’s NHL draft even as his ear has turned to cauliflower with all the time on his cellphone trying to get a ready-made defenceman with the selection. “I feel for Peter … trying to get a No. 1 defenceman is really hard. There’s hardly any around in our league,” said one highly-paced NHL executive Friday morning, acknowledging that other puck-moving defencemen being mentioned as possible trade pickups like Tyson Barrie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Sam Vatanen and Cam Fowler are “No. 2/3 defencemen. They are not No. 1s.”

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Draft rumblings and the Top-60

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-24

Round one of the draft begins tonight at 5 p.m. MDT and will wrap up around 9 p.m. It is a long night, but a very exciting one for players, families, scouts, management and fans.History tells us to expect a significant trade, and Oilers fans are hoping it involves their team, but Anaheim, Buffalo, Arizona and Calgary are other teams to watch. There will likely be a trade no one has been discussing either. Those are the best, because they surprise everyone.Tonight, 30 young men will fulfill their dream of being drafted, while another 181 will wait until tomorrow to hear their name. What a ride it will be for them, and  for fans across the NHL, who will wait with anticipation to see what move

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2016 NHL Mock Draft 5.0

Source: Soup On Sports
Date: 2016-06-24

The final addition.  I really wish I could hold off on posting this until about half an hour before the draft, but circumstances are that now is the time and not a chance I would miss what I have going on this afternoon to get a freaking mock draft a little more accurate.   This is starting to remind me so much of 2014.  At that draft, everything was happening on the trade front.  Panthers were moving the top pick to the Canucks, the Islanders were without a doubt moving the 5th pick, a billion trades were going to go down and then….crickets.  I have a feeling this will be what happens today.  P.K. Subban will be dealt, Jets are taking Puljujarvi over Laine, Columbus will mov

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Jason Gregor: NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-24

Why is there so much attention, focus and time spent on the first round of the NHL draft, and so little in comparison on the second to seventh rounds? The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons (combined) have all been selected in the first round, except for Jamie Benn (129th in 2007) and Joe Pavelski (205th in 2003). The other 23 are very familiar to those who study the draft. First overall selections: Joe Thornton, Alex Ovech

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Could One of Laine or Puljujarvi Fall to the Oilers?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-06-24

Is something crazy going to happen at the top of tonight’s NHL Draft? First, we heard earlier in the week from Bob McKenzie that maybe–just maybe–the Jets might pass on Patrik Laine and take Jesse Puljujarvi instead. Jets, as is their style, haven't tipped hand but several teams told me to not rule out notion of Puljujarvi going 2nd overall to WPG. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2016 Hmm. Is Laine a bit too cocky for the Jets? Now today McKenzie states that it’s possible that the Blue Jackets might not select Puljujarvi. Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050: "CBJ options are trade the pick or conceivably go off the board at three." — Neal McH

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Complete 2016 NHL Mock Draft! 

Source: Skip's Sports
Date: 2016-06-24

My complete mock draft (picks 1-30) here in one post! #1 - Toronto Maple Leafs -- Auston MathewsDon't ever say I wasn't bold. The Toronto Maple Leafs will almost certainly take kid outta Scottsdale, Arizona. His talent level is far and ahead of everyone below him and the Leafs will love having this kid lead the way through their ongoing rebuild. Matthews is this years consensus top pick, and the Leafs would be foolish not to take him at #1. #2 - Winnipeg Jets -- Patrik LaineThe Jets will go with the flashy Finn.The real winners of this years draft was the Winnipeg Jets. One year removed from an a playoff berth, the Jets came off a disappointing 2015/16 campaign. But, af

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The North By NorthGretz Podcast - Pre-Draft Spectacular!

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-24

Happy Connorversary everyone! This week the boys spend the podcast being distracted by potential PK Subban trade news, recap the NHL Awards, Ethan Bear SNUBBED by Team Canada, talk MORE about PK Subban, more Milan Lucic and Nail Yakupov speculation, plus another educational round of Ask The Idiots! 

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