RE 14-15 BOYD GORDON: CACTUS TREE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-27

Boyd Gordon had a strong season for the Edmonton Oilers. Asked to face tough opposition and do it from the dungeon, he delivered more offense than expected and did a nice job of damage control. The Oilers enjoyed his performance so much, they’ll ask him to do it again. It’s a helluva way to earn a living.  BOYD GORDON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.93 (10th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 6.85 (1st among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (2nd-3rd line opp) Qual Team: 8th best teammates among regular forwards (3rd line teammates) Corsi Rel: -4.1 (11th best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 42.1 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: -2.4 Zone S

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Remember that time SI predicted the Oilers to finish third?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-07-27

Ryan Whitney is still laughing somewhere.

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DRAFT AND COLLEGE VOL 2

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-27

Do you remember the Robin Kovar selection? The Oilers tried to draft him in 2002 when he was ineligible, inspiring the Canucks table to shout “cheaters” because everything about the Canucks is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. To tell the story, I’ll ask USA Today to do the honors: No. 123 (compensation, pick later voided): Edmonton receives bonus pick as compensation for loss of Group III free agent Igor Ulanov. Edmonton attempts to use the pick to select forward Robin Kovar from Vancouver (WHL). Kovar was, however, ineligible because he had failed to opt in to the draft. The NHL computer allowed the pick to go through in error, and Edmonton protested. NHL settled issue

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Mark Arcobello & Leon Draisaitl

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-26

We’ve talked the centres to death, and it’s abundantly clear that nobody has much confidence in the duo of Arcobello and Draisaitl handling the two scoring lines not centered by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How many goals can we expect from the two, and how does the Oilers’ top-nine forward group compare to the best teams in the West in terms of projected goal-scoring?

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Why do the Edmonton Oilers keep spending picks on second-tier forwards in mediocre leagues?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-26

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Evan Campbell, Liam Coughlin, Aidan Muir The three remaining forwards who didn’t make the cut for our top-30 prospects lists all have one thing in common: incredibly unremarkable results in incredibly unremarkable leagues in their draft years. The Evan Campbell selection in 2013 raised some eyebrows the summer it was made. Bruce McCurdy said the Oilers “surely went off the board” in his immediate take on the fifth round pick, which was putting it mildly; the overage BCHL’er was barely even noticed by the various independent outlets before Edmonton picked him. We even ended up wondering whether the Oilers had flat-out blown the pick – and thatR

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Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-26

Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)? I wrote a post the other day which referenced some possession stats (my preferred term for advanced stats). In it, I mentioned how I wasn’t a big fancy stats guy, but I did see the value of them. My opinion on analytics is pretty vanilla, which isn’t a great [...] The post Do you like hockey analytics (advanced/fancy stats)? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-26

The Edmonton Oilers are a team badly in need of secondary scoring. The top line is the marquee item, but would Dallas Eakins be better off breaking up the line and trying to find two units that work?

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RE 14-15 MARK ARCOBELLO: AMELIA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-26

If you love the underdog, Mark Arcobello is for you. Mark Arcobello couldn’t grab an NHL contract when he graduated college. He began his pro career on the lowest rung of the ladder, a minor league contract and a roster spot in the ECHL. Lordy. From there, Arcobello went about the business of passing more heralded players on the way. For Arcobello, time was and is of the essence:  He has less of it and came from farther back. So far, he’s doing just fine.  MARK ARCOBELLO 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (4th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 2.65 (7th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 10th toughest among regular forwards (3rd-4th line opp) Qual Team: 5th best teamma

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DRAFT AND COLLEGE, VOL 1

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-25

Over the years, I’ve seen the Edmonton Oilers wall off entire areas of draft-eligibles for one reason or another. The Russians were off limits for many years, and they spent years drafting Swedes only after the good ones were taken. Sometimes they loved the NCAA, and then they didn’t love the NCAA. The club’s obsession with speed has been pretty much constant through the years, but there was most of a decade devoted to coke machines. One area Craig MacTavish seems to be interesting in mining: draft and college. Selecting players from leagues that can feed into the NCAA, allowing the drafting team four years of evaluation. Edmonton has done this before: DRAFT AND COLLEGE 200

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Veteran depth at centre? Much-travelled NHL vet Jason Williams signs with OKC Barons

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-25

News from the farm today that the OKC Barons have signed forward Jason Williams, 34 next month, to an AHL contract. Williams is a veteran of 455 NHL games, 277 of them with the Detroit Red Wings with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2002. Williams has also played for five other NHL squads, most recently the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brief trial during the 2011-12 season. He has scored 94 goals and 227 points in the NHL, almost exactly 0.5 points per game, decent production for a depth player (his career average ice time of 13:43 suggests he got third-line minutes as a general rule). He topped out at 58 points playing on a line with Steve Yzerman with the powerhouse 2005-06 Red Wings, but suffer

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Nail Yakupov

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-25

Nail Yakupov is the most interesting player on the Edmonton Oilers roster because he is still something of a mystery. He has high-end skill – his first overall selection in the 2012 Draft was no accident – and led all rookies in scoring in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. On the other hand, things went very, very, badly last season. What should we expect from him in the goal-scoring department in 2014-15?

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New-Look Oilers – Part Six

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-25

Throughout the week, we’ve taken a look at each area of the Edmonton Oilers and decided whether or not each area was actually upgraded from last year. After looking at the front office, coaching staff, goaltending, offense and defense, we figured out that each area of the organization is actually improved, meaning we likely can expect a better season in 2014-15 from the Oilers. Areas Strengthened: The biggest ones are coaching and defense. The Oilers added a terrific teacher in Craig Ramsay to the staff, while also adding a solid young coach in Rocky Thompson, who is much smarter than one would assume from a former enforcer. Both bring solid skills to the staff, and put an emphasis on

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