Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers star Jordan Eberle called out for “lack of fight?” What?!

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-18

It’s the NHL’s silly season. Fans are now dreaming their perpetually losing team can turn it around, while commentators come up with wild predictions and wacky commentary. Some of the most odd and provocative things being said right now about the Edmonton Oilers pertain to two young wingers, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

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THE SEVENTH ROUND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-18

By the seventh round, we’re looking at about an 8% chance of seeing an NHL player. You are basically pissing in the wind, and would have to pile more than 12.5 picks one on top of another to ensure one player arrives on your doorstep. This speaks to the luck involved for any pick outside the top 100 in each draft year. A PROPOSAL Scott Cullen of TSN estimated the success rate (100 NHL games or more) to be 8% back in 2009. Let’s also use 150 games as the line in the sand, as we’ve done through each round. OILERS SEVENTH ROUND 2008-2014 That set, let’s move on to the Oilers during the MacGregor era (2008-2014). The Oilers have selected six players in Round 7 during the MacGregor era, i

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Monday Mailbag - August 18th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-18

The mailbag is back after a 1 week hiatus, and our writers are here to teach you a few things.  If you've got a question, you want asked, email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com and I'll get it posted as soon as possible. Sit back, enjoy, and kill as much work time as possible.

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Can The Oilers Improve To 2008-09 Levels?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-08-18

2008-09, we long for thee?

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Prediction: Nail Yakupov will be a point-per-game player. Hmmm….

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-18

Take Our Poll In the realm of predictions for the 2014-15 season, about the wildest made about the Edmonton Oilers so far comes from Dave Lozo, head NHL writer for Bleacher Report.  Asked to make one bold prediction for each NHL team for the 2014-15 season, Lozo said the following of the Oilers: “Nail Yakupov will be a point per game player.” Explained Lozo: “This will be the year the first pick in the 2012 draft begins to live up to expectations … Sometimes it helps to hit rock bottom, and a season that ended with two goals in 20 games and an ankle injury that cost him the final 13 games of the season certainly qualifies. A better understanding of what (Oilers

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GETTING STARTED: A FIGHTING CHANCE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-18

By the time the end of November rolled around last season, the Edmonton Oilers had dashed any hopes fans had that they’d kinda-sorta contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meaningful games in March and April? The Oilers were done by December.

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Lost along the way

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-18

Toni Rajala was this close to being a success story. The 2009 fourth round draft pick passed hurdle after hurdle, and then left before even really challenging the final one.

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RE 14-15 DARYL KATZ: BOTH SIDES NOW

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-18

Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers on July 2, 2008. The club has been a massive financial success since then, selling out everything available and landing the Taj Mahal 2.0 for pennies. The performance of the team during that time is astonishing, made even moreso by a failed attempt to turn north last fall. The Oilers under the Katz regime are beyond bad—can’t anyone here play this game?—and it simply has to get better soon. Like right now soon. Last time we talked you were not amused about Mr. Katz. Yes. At that time, I felt the Oilers were framing the last 30 games as some kind of a turnaround. That was in fact not the case, and it’s important to keep the team accou

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Matt Henderson: Taylor Hall's 22 Year Old Season

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-18

Taylor Hall's 22 year old season was one for the books. He finished the year 7th in League scoring with 27-53-80 in 75 games, his 2nd year in the top 10 for NHL scoring. The Oilers may have been terrible, but their best player wasn't the problem. Taylor Hall already has the distinction of being the highest scoring player from the Draft he was taken 1st Overall in, clearing 2nd place Tyler Segu...

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Marco Roy’s pro debut may be on hold after a concussion knocked his 2013-14 season for a loop

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-18

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #13: Marc-Olivier Roy A year ago Marco Roy was a shiny new toy, recently drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2103 draft. While there were some concerns about his consistency, not exactly a new thing for teenaged hockey players, the buzz on him was pretty positive. Enough that he soared right into the top ten prospects list here at the Cult of Hockey, ranking #8 overall and a lofty second among forwards still in the organization. The year that followed was not very kind to Roy. This being the Oilers, he managed to pick up an injury in his first training camp, then suffered a second knock soon after his belated return to Blainville-Boisbria

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Jordan Eberle “needs more fight,” says P.J. Stock. What!?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-18

Expect Eberle’s game to drop off, Stock says. Expect it to improve, I say. The Hockey News is sending out mixed signals about Edmonton Oilers top-line rightwinger Jordan Eberle, with the venerable publication predicting Eberle will score 75 points, but Hockey Night in Canada analyst P.J. Stock blasting Eberle’s intensity level. A group of analysts were asked a series of questions by The Hockey News about the coming seasons including: What forward will surprise people in a negative way next season. Stock’s answer: “Jordan Eberle. Game isn’t improving enough. Needs more fight.” My take Stock has it half right and half ridiculous here. It’s fair for him

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THE SIXTH ROUND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-17

By the sixth round, we’re looking at about a 14% chance of seeing an NHL player. You’d have to pile more than 7 picks one on top of another to ensure one player arrives on your doorstep, so there’s a slightly better chance of finding a player here than the fifth round (historically). This speaks to the luck involved for any pick outside the top 100 in each draft year. In the comments  section of the round five post, several worthy posts pointed out the ‘dice have no memory’ and that you can’t pile players on top of each other and assign blame once your chances reach 100%. Totally agree. Now, let’s have a look at the sixth round. A PROPOSAL Scott Cullen of

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