Edmonton Oilers drop a few hints on first day of camp

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-23

I learned a long time ago, through experience, that you should not read too much into match-ups and pairings in training camp. So much can change, ranging from performance to injury, and the level of competition at this early stage in the season is an uneven playing field, to say the least. Having said that, there appear to be a few hints dropped by Todd McLellan on the first day of camp, once the three groups had hit the ice. Of the greatest interest: Team “A” featured a first line of rookie Drake Caggiula in between Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. It would seem vividly clear that Caggiula, while he has an outside chance of breaking camp with the big team, is a “placeholder

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An offhanded look at wingers and hands

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-09-23

The idea of defense handedness is now well established I think – we recognize that ‘off hand’ defensemen often pay a penalty in terms of effectiveness. Since some wingers also play on their off hand (a right shot left wing, or a left shot right wing), a few weeks ago I was mulling the idea of winger handedness. Conventional wisdom suggests that doing this allows for: Greater effectiveness in the offensive zone (with the shot having a better angle to the net), but Less effectiveness in the defensive zone, where stick-off-boards makes for tougher defending and zone exits. Dallas Eakins even experimented with putting Nail Yakupov (left shot right wing) on the left wing to tr

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TSN's Ryan Rishaug drops bomb on Nail Yakupov: "When the opportunity comes, they will move on from Nail."

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-23

For a sharp and balanced view on both the thinking of the Edmonton Oilers organization and how the team should best proceed, it’s always a good bet to tune into TSN analyst Ryan Rishaug, who among other things is on Jason Gregor’s TSN1260 show almost every weekday.  Rishaug certainly came through on Thursday’s show when he dropped something of a truthbomb about how the Oilers organization feels about Nail Yakupov right now.  When it comes to the Oilers right wing position, Rishaug fully expects Jordan Eberle to play on the top line, with rookie Jesse Puljujarvi getting every opportunity to win the second-line job, and tough guy Zack Kassian and veteran Kris Verste

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Training Camp: Day One

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-23

Welcome home, Todd! #OilersCamp pic.twitter.com/7fwD7nJgQP— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 23, 2016 Many Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice at Rogers Place for the first time this morning, and every fan is hoping a new arena and some new players will end the Decade of Darkness. They will have three days of practice mixed in with some brief scrimmage time before beginning the preseason on Monday versus Calgary.The Oilers top three centres weren't on the ice today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid are travelling back from the World Cup of Hockey and will join the team on Tuesday while Leon Draisaitl is preparing to play Sweden on Sunday in the semifinals. Without thos

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The Oilers and Right Shot Defensemen: “We Are Who We Thought They Were!”

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-09-23

This Dennis Green rant as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals always makes me laugh. Green is right! They are who we thought they were! In terms of the Oilers and drafting, that thought is what sits with me when we start to discuss why they don’t have enough right shot defensemen on the team. Why do I said that? Where am I am coming from? Let me try to build a shared reference point. As training camp nears, the Edmonton Oilers have two NHL defensemen on their roster! Two! Seriously, two! I think many reading this site are probably well aware of this, so this post serves more as a rant for me. I am a big fan of the NHL Draft, of prospects and development–in a sense, planning for

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Matthews winning converts ahead of Maple Leafs camp

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-23

Brooks Laich is no stranger to watching top draft picks blossom in the NHL. As a Washington Capital, he saw Alex Ovechkin burst onto the scene in 2005. Wearing the Maple Leaf some 11 years later, he has a ringside seat for Auston Matthews’s debut. The 19-year-old forward, the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NHL draft, has been turning heads at the World Cup of Hockey on a Team North American line with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele. "It puts a big smile on your face," Laich, a 12-year veteran, said of watching a talent like Matthews. "I see a lot of little things in his game, habits that you don’t generall

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Young Stars Making Decisions Difficult for the Oilers

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-09-23

The Edmonton Oilers finished up the 2016 Young Stars and Rookie Tournament on Wednesday with a victory over the University of Alberta Golden Bears. It was a fantastic showing as the Oilers’ rookies swept the week to come away victorious in all four games. Perhaps more impressive than the team victories, were the individual displays of talent and skill among some of the Oilers’ finest prospects. Oilers’ fans should be excited. Not only for how Edmonton prospects fared compared to their Western Canadian counterparts; but for what’s ahead in Oil Country — years of skill and a flair for offense. The Oilers have been making moves and adding depth this summer in what look

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Best Shape Of His Life

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-09-23

It’s one of the most used statements for NHL hockey players. Normally after a disappointing season, the media will report that player X is “in the best shape of his life.” We heard it said about Nikita Nikitin after he struggled to earn his $4.5 million in his first season with the Oilers. This year, we have a few more players who have been labeled as being “in the best shape of (their) life.” MARK FAYNE As a die-hard Oilers fan, I find the word of Bob Stauffer to be that of the messiah in Oiler world. Stauffer’s 630 Ched show “Oilers Now” is the best place to here year-round Edmonton Oilers coverage, and during the summer Stauffer mentioned th

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The negative impact of Brad Hunt experiment loom over Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-23

The repercussions of the failed Brad Hunt experiment loom large for the Edmonton Oilers heading into the 2016-17 season. The Oilers head into training camp with a few major self-inflicted wounds, including the lack of a dependable back-up goalie, the lack of depth at right defence, and the failure to bring in a blueliner who can run the power play.  This last issue has been greatly exacerbated by the major opportunity cost of Edmonton’s three-year run with Hunt as the team’s top American Hockey League power play quarterback. Essentially, and especially last season, it became clear that Hunt was never going to be an Edmonton Oilers player, but he was still taking power play m

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World Cup of Hockey 2016: Semifinal TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-09-23

The World Cup of Hockey, minus co-favorite Team USA, moves onto the semifinal round Saturday and Sunday in Toronto. While the Americans were eliminated following three brutal performances against Canada, Europe and the Czech Republic, the Canada was perfect in its group games. They picked up three regulation wins and finished as the top seed in Group A. As a result, they will play Russia, the second-place team in Group B, on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. The other semifinal will see Group B winner Sweden take on Group A second-place finisher Team Europe. That game will be played at 1 p.m. ET Sunday and will be televised by ESPN. Both games can be live-streamed v

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