Ryan Smyth ready to return to the rink in a new role

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-28

Ryan Smyth, who bled Edmonton Oilers orange and blue for close to 1,000 games before retiring as a player, is keen to get back to hockey.

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Edmonton Oilers and their fans are all about the summer lovin’. But will it end in one more broken-hearted winter?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-27

It’s hard to be grumpy with McDavid’s arrival If Edmonton hockey fans and the NHL Oilers are good at one thing, it’s summer lovin’. Every June and July, no matter how desperate and unloved both the fans, players and management might feel during another heart-breaking and back-biting winter of losing, they come together under the summer sun and make up as if they were in the first frenzy of new romance. It’s happening again right now after a number of dramatic moves, including the team bringing in a new head of hockey operations, Bob Nicholson, a new GM, Peter Chiarelli, a new coach, Todd McLellan, a new young superstar, Connor McDavid, a new top defenceman, Andrej Sekera,

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 3: LAURENT BROSSOIT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-27

The Edmonton Oilers are changing the guard in goal this summer but if things work out as Laurent Brossoit hopes, it won’t be a clean sweep. Brossoit, who missed being the first modern Oil King to play for the Oilers (David Musil beat him by a few days), was stunning in his NHL debut and left a very good impression on everyone: 1GP, 2.00 .961. THAT is a stunning line any time, but for an NHL debut? Get outta here. Laurent Brossoit stepped into the best league in the world and stoned a good offensive team for most of the night. We knew it was going to be an interesting season in 2014-15 for Brossoit because he was projected to get significant work in Oklahoma City (with Richard Bachman).

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RUNNING LINES

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-27

Todd McLellan is going to have a lot of options this fall when it comes to filling out his lineup. Most of us are focused (with good reason) on the scoring lines as the mind soars with the possibilities. One thing we should be prepared for? As was the case in the 1980's, forward pairs may be the order of the day.

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Why Cam Talbot is better prepared for Edmonton than you think

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-27

Nothing puts Cam Talbot’s new life in a nutshell like the simple act of trying to speak with him. He’s easy enough to find at Smashfest, Dominic Moore’s charity ping-pong tournament. Talbot, 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, towers over most of the NHL players, journalists and fans in attendance. He’s a game interview subject, too, polite as can be and suggesting we find a quieter part of the building to hear each other better. Every step Talbot takes, however, he’s mobbed. Fans cling to each of his appendages, begging for photo ops, and he obliges each with a smile. Every time it appears he’s home free, three more people grab him. He apologizes, but I just shake m

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Monday musings

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-07-27

August is just around the corner and the Edmonton Oilers brass must be on vacation because it is pretty quiet in Oilerville. Seeing that it’s very quiet I thought it’s a perfect time to sit back and reflect on the Oilers. 1. Taylor Hall is 23 years young and will turn 24 early into the [...] The post Monday musings appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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There is a new member of the Jordan Eberle Picky Shooters Club: Leon Draisaitl

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-27

It’s hard to know if it’s a good or a bad thing to be  a picky shooter at the NHL, but there’s no doubt that it is a thing. Some players are simply more able to get off of high quality scoring chances and they’re also more reluctant to take outside shots. I’ve been studying this particular facet of the game in-depth for two years now, not only tracking all scoring chances for and against the Edmonton Oilers, but marking down which Oilers players take the shots and make the final pass to set up that shot. If we compare which players take the most scoring chance shots (dangerous or hard shots on net from the slot area) with each player’s total shots on net,

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GUEST COLUMNIST: SwedishPoster reviews the 2015 draft (part 2: rounds 4 to 7)

Source: Oilers Nerd Alert
Date: 2015-07-27

This is Part 2 of SwedishPoster’s look at the 2015 draft, focusing on rounds 4 through 7. The analysis is based on SwedishPoster’s draft analysis and guidelines from June. Part 1 focused on the first three rounds. Forthcoming parts 3 and 4 will cover undrafted players and team assessments respectively. Review of NHL Draft 2015, Rounds 4 through 7 Will Borgen, BUF: 0.79 in USHS, 0.33 in 18 games in the USHL. Nothing impressive about his USHS numbers but pretty solid translation to the USHL. Skating? What little I could find talks about an excellent skater. A little early in the first half of the draft but an ok bet. Callum Booth, CAR: 0.900 Sv% in the QMJHL, mediocre numbers though he

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Jones: Banner for an Oilers legend

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-07-27

It took the combination of a couple things to make it happen, but Glen Sather will finally have his banner raised to the rafters in Rexall Place. Two things unlocked the key to Sather’s banner box to finally allow him the chance to go up there with the rest of the Edmonton Oilers glory gang Hockey Hall of Fame members in the arena where it all happened.

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RE 15-16 BENOIT POULIOT: REFUGEE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-27

On the night of 16 March 2015, late first period, Benoit Pouliot received a brilliant pass from Nail Yakupov. He’d already scored earlier, but this moment was special for anyone my age. Yak stopped short at right-side center ice, paused, then sent a perfect tape-to-tape to Pouliot. The big man caught it in stride, beat the blue in a heartbeat and, just inside the faceoff circle, sent a perfect bullet high glove past Jonathan Bernier. Bam! Just like 1975! A goal straight from my youth, and no fluke at all. Benoit Pouliot might have the passport of a mere journeyman, but he’s a helluva hockey player. BENOIT POULIOT 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.79 (6th among regular NYR forwards) 5

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Monday Mailbag - July 27th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-27

Whether you're killing time at work, or sitting on your couch in your Captain America pyjamas, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a little bit of your Monday.  Whether that time killed is company time (preferable), or you're killing time until it's socially acceptable to drink - we don't care - we just care that you're here. Thank you. If you have a question for the mailbag, you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.  Until then, I present to you the masterpiece known as the Mailbag.

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Projecting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 Lineup: Defense

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-27

Although the 2015-16 NHL season does not begin for the better part of two months, excitement and hype surrounding the Oilers is at its highest peak in nearly ten years time, since the Oilers last reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals. The vast majority of this excitement is due to the numerous roster changes made this off-season by new General Manager Peter Chiarelli, most of which have been made in order to upgrade the Oilers’ perpetually poor defense and goaltending. [Related: Projecting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 Lineup: Forwards] Long considered to be the areas of greatest concern for the Edmonton Oilers, multiple personnel changes both on defense and in goal have si

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