Let's Exchange Picks

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

After the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery on Tuesday it has come to my attention that there are teams out there who would like to exchange picks.  Florida is missing some key things in their organization. My list as I see it: 1. A # 1 Defenseman. Someone to munch minutes, kill penalties and stop the bleeding 2. Top 6 Scoring Winger. The Panthers need a triggerman in a big way.  3. Goaltending Depth. The Panthers are fine with Luongo and Ellis for the next few years, but the pipeline is pretty bare.  In my opinion I wouldn't trade the pick away, but I could be persuaded if teams were to offer up the right pieces. Here are some potential deals that would sway me

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My bet: the Edmonton Oilers will draft big, skilled centre Leon Draisaitl

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

Top prospects Ekblad, Dal Colle, Draisaitl, Bennett, Reinhart all fill a need on Oilers There are four or five top prospects at the top of the NHL draft, and not only will the Edmonton Oilers get one of them, that player will also fill a major need on the Edmonton roster. As Sun columnnist Terry Jones suggested to Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (and MacTavish went along with the notion) everyone knows the Oilers have two big holes, the need for a top-pairing d-man and a second line centre. The good news is that this draft has three top centre prospects in Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl and Sam Bennett, and one top d-man propsect, Aaron Ekblad. Ekblad is a big, tough, skilled defenceman, just the k

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Oilers boss Craig MacTavish says team is closer to end of its journey than the beginning [Video]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-16

It’s not often you hear the general manager of a team which has just finished 30th, 30th, 29th, 24 and 28th talking Stanley Cup. But the day before the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs began, Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was doing just that.

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Oilers: The one that got away

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-16

When NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly opened up the final envelope of the 2014 Draft Lottery and pulled out the card of the Florida Panthers, all I could do was shake my head. Through 81 games the Edmonton Oilers sat in 29th spot in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Panthers but that changed after Game 82. Back in 2007, a similar situation cost the organization a chance at drafting Patrick Kane and it looks as though it will happen yet again in 2014.

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Approximating Touches for the Oilers This Season

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-04-16

What if we used the real-time stats for good instead of evil? Could they help provide an approximation of touches?

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Red Wings are far from streaky as they hit 23

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

Even with a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings gained a valuable point from the game, hitting 90, and securing them an eastern conference wildcard spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.  That makes this the 23rd consecutive year that the Red Wings have secured a playoff spot. This is currently the best active streak in the NHL with San Jose trailing in second at 10 straight seasons. The Wings 23-year streak is the fifth best in NHL history, with the golden Bruins holding the top spot at 29 seasons. Chicago sits in second with 28, St. Louis behind them at 25, and the Montreal Canadiens narrowly lead the Wings with 24 consecutive playoff sea

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WHAT EXACTLY DID THE GUY SAY?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-16

My wife is always asking me ‘what exactly did the guy say’ because she doesn’t trust my ability to relay subtle nuance in conversation. I suspect she’s right—my tendency to embellish is legendary behind these four walls and hyperbole makes daily visits. With that as the backdrop, let’s see if we can come up with exactly what the guy said from yesterday’s MacT media avail. CRAIG MACTAVISH SPEAKS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS “My other mandate coming in here was to turn the team over to the core group of people who are going to lead us out of the malaise. Most of those players (core group) if not all of them have had career years.” I’ll agree tha

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Anton Belov parts ways with Edmonton Oilers, returns to KHL

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

The Anton Belov experiment is officially over after just one NHL season, according to Dmitry Chesnokov, a well-connected contributor to Puck Daddy and TSN. Belov spent the 2013-14 season in Edmonton, where he was lost in a pack of middling defenceman on what was among the weakest defence groups in the NHL. While he was hardly the primary problem, neither was he the solution. The 6’4, 218-pound rearguard was a reach signing by Oilers GM Craig MacTavish last summer, plucked from the KHL after a breakout season in the Russian-based league. At the time, he expressed his desire to push his game to the next level, stating in an interview with R-Sport: “I want to grow professionally. I had

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Anton Belov goes back to Russia

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-16

On Tuesday, I argued at some length that Anton Belov would be a really nice option to have at the bottom of Edmonton's roster next season. Naturally, on Wednesday morning came news that the defenceman was returning to Russia. So feel free to get your requests in for my next piece below; I assume 'tell us again why Shea Weber will stay in Nashville forever' will be a popular one. 

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Edmonton Oilers have boundless – and perhaps misplaced – faith in Justin Schultz

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish gave a post mortem on the Oilers season in a press availability on Tuesday, and telegraphed some of the team’s summer plans at the same time. Along the way, he was asked about a long-term contract for Justin Schultz.. “I’m open to both [a long-term contract or a bridge deal],” MacTavish said. “It’ll be dependent on what Justin wants to do.” “I think I’ve been clear all along on the upside that I see from Justin Schultz,” he added. “He’s a developing player. He’s just completed his first NHL season, his upside is limitless. So I have a lot of confidence and would have the confidence to extend Justin on a long-term deal.

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Just another day in Oilers paradise

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

Tuesday started hilariously enough. After the Oilers went from a season where they had 45pts in 48 games in 2012/2013, they went to 67pts in 82 games in 2013/2014. Yet according to Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, the coaching is better, the team is in the right spot, that no major roster shake-ups are needed this summer. Is there two different Oilers teams and I just keep happening to watch the wrong one? Denial. Just another day in paradise in Edmonton. The Oilers could have had the 2nd best odds of winning the draft lottery. All the needed to do was lose their last game. Because they decided to win it, they finished 3rd in the draft lottery, and will subsequently miss ou

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Boudreau: Offensive Zone Faceoff Loss Witch

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

I wrote a couple of days ago about Bruce Boudreau and the fantastic results that his teams achieve following 5v5 offensive zone faceoff losses. Here’s the key paragraph: Basically, every Boudreau team is above average after losing offensive zone faceoffs – most are well above average – until Defence Wins Boudreau comes to town. If [...]

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