Edmonton Oilers sign U.S. college prospect Joey LaLeggia to entry-level contract

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-31

U.S. college prospect defenceman Joey LaLeggia has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Edmonton Oilers sign Joey LaLeggia

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-31

On Tuesday the Edmonton Oilers announced that they had signed University of Denver defenceman Joey LaLeggia to an entry-level deal. LaLeggia, originally a fifth-round pick of the Oilers in the 2012 Draft, had just finished his fourth season in college hockey.

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OILERS SIGN LALEGGIA!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-31

The Edmonton Oilers have signed college star Joey Laleggia to an entry level deal. The young puck moving defenseman is famous for his NCAA career and has made it known (most recently via Guy Flaming’s Pipeline Show on TSN1260) that his plan after college was to sign with Edmonton and turn pro. Laleggia is a highly-regarded prospect in many circles (including this blog, where he was ranked No. 14 prospect in the winter rankings) and wrote the following at that time: Joey Laleggia is an undersized defender with impressive offensive ability. He plays in a strong college conference and has been successful during his four years in Denver. The Oilers would certainly have interest (Dilks men

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Edmonton Oilers sign Hobey Baker finalist Joey Laleggia to entry level deal

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-31

Edmonton Oilers did the expected on Tuesday when they announced the signing of NCAA star defenceman Joey Laleggia to an entry level contract. Laleggia was a top-notch offensive defenceman for the University of Denver Pioneers for the past four years. We featured him in this space after his penultimate game with the Pioneers last Saturday, including an overview of his situation and a scouting report of his performance in that game. Related post: Laleggia takes advantage of chance to impress future bosses Here’s what others have to say about the defender: LaLeggia has become a top defenceman for the Pioneers and is one of the best college defencemen in NCAA hockey. He’s very stea

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Dave Lozo's Bag Skate: Why the Rush to Put Chris Pronger in the Hall of Fame?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-03-31

The rules, standards and practices of and around the National Hockey League perplex me sometimes. They are there for a reason, except when they're not, and other times they are sort of there but not really depending on the situation. Chris Pronger is the embodiment of this idea. How would you define Chris Pronger's status in the NHL right now? Active player? Retired player? Scout? Department of Player Safety employee? Handsome gentleman about town?  Depending on your perspective, you can argue any of those positions, but the reality is this: Pronger will continue to receive regular direct deposits into his bank account from the Philadelphia Flyers and will do so through the end of the 2

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Oilers: Meaningless Wins vs Generational Talent

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2015-03-31

So here we are. Following last night’s 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers find themselves with six games left on their schedule in what has truly been a wasted year for this once storied franchise. Yet with the chance of improving the possibility of being given the right to draft Connor McDavid at this summer's NHL Entry Draft staring them in the face, the Oilers have inexplicably gone 5-1-2 in their last eight games.

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There’s no upside to dumping Teddy Purcell

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-31

Teddy Purcell hasn’t been a big hit in Edmonton this year. To his critics, he’s soft, slow and dramatically overpaid, a legitimate candidate for a buyout and a really good option for a retained-salary trade. He’s also well down on any legitimate list of the Oilers’ problems.

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The Edmonton Oilers have room for both Anton Lander and Derek Roy in 2015-16

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-31

The Edmonton Oilers would be ill-advised to try and fill two of their three centre positions next year from the trio of Derek Roy, Anton Lander and Leon Draisaitl. The team attempted to enter this season with a similarly uncertain trio and the results were disastrous; trying to do it again would smack of folly. Both Roy and Lander cleared waivers at various points this season, so a drop-off would not be unprecedented, while Draisaitl remains an uncertain quality. That doesn’t mean the Oilers should unload any of that trio to make room for a legitimate No. 2 centre. On the contrary, there’s room for all of them. Edmonton’s 2014-15 campaign has been a cautionary tale as to the hazards of

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THE OKLAHOMA CONNECTION

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-31

It has been a decidedly bizarre season for rookies in Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl early, Andrew Miller late and Oscar Klefbom all down the line. When we look back on this season five years down the line, how many of these men will have made a major impact and how many will have been here for a cup of coffee? OILERS ROOKIES, 2014-15 D Oscar Klefbom 54GP, 2-15-17 C Leon Draisaitl 37GP, 2-7-9 R Andrew Miller 6GP, 1-5-6 R Iiro Pakarinen 17GP, 1-2-3 R Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 1-0-1 D Brandon Davidson 6GP, 1-0-1 D Jordan Oesterle 6GP, 0-1-1 D Darnell Nurse 2GP, 0-0-0 C Bogdan Yakimov 1GP, 0-0-0 I think we can safely write Klefbom, Nurse and Draisaitl in pen for the rest of the decade (with a pit stop in

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Oilers Rig Radio Podcast – 3/31/15

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-31

The Oilers Rig Radio podcast returns after a two week hiatus! I’m joined by Jackie Dawson as we catch up on the latest happenings with the organization, both on the ice and off of it. Jackie and I start by discussing the team’s latest performances, including a solid home-stand and the hot play of both Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. We also look at the emergence of Nail Yakupov, Anton Lander and more. Has Todd Nelson done enough to earn the job full time? We take a look at that too. Off the ice, we discuss Craig MacTavish’s comments from the season ticket holder lunch and try to piece together what he might do during the off-season. I also update you on the Oilers pr

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HOW GOOD IS LAWSON CROUSE?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-31

If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!

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Edmonton Oilers player grades — Anton Lander & friends star again as hot Oil smoke Avs

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-31

Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 A strange thing has happened down the stretch. As the previously-hopeless 2014-15 season winds to its inevitiable conclusion the team has come alive with a stretch of entertaining games. On Monday in Denver the club put up four regulation goals for the third game in a row, and not coincidentally ran its winning streak to three as well, all against Western Conference opposition no less. Three is the magic number just now, as for the first time in memory the Oil have three scoring lines. That provides enough depth for one of those lines to have a quiet night, as the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins trio did Monday, and still carry the play for substantial portions of the game. A refre

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