Leon Draisaitl called the best defensive centre on Oilers, other than Boyd Gordon

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-29

Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson, one of hockey’s most astute commentators, made a provocative comment about Leon Draisaitl during Monday night’s broadcast: “They (the Oilers) know of their top centremen, Nugent-Hopkins, Arcobello and Draisaitl, he is by far the most accomplished and able in his own end, which maybe says something about him, as well as their other guys.” High praise indeed, considering that Draisaitl is a 19-year-old rookie while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 21, is in his fourth pro season and Mark Arcobello, 26, has played four years of college hockey and five years of the pro game. It generally takes years, not months, to master the defensive end of the cent

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Canadiens edge Flames in shootout thriller

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-29

CALGARY — P.A. Parenteau scored the game-deciding goal in a shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Tom Gilbert also scored for the Canadiens (8-2-0), who had lost their previous seven games against in Calgary. Mark Giordano scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames (5-4-2), whose record fell to 1-1-2 during their current five-game homestand that will wrap up on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Carey Price, who didn’t play during Montreal’s 3-0 road loss to the Edmonton Oilers one night earlier, made 37 saves and three more in the shootout to backstop the Canadiens to the win.

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Red-hot Oilers feasting on NHL East foes

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-29

There’s no ignoring the asterisk that punctuates the Edmonton Oilers’ four-game win streak. Each of the victories has come against teams from the Eastern Conference, a qualifier that Taylor Hall hopes the team is now ready to shake. The Oilers, 4-4-1 after blanking the league-leading Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-0 on Monday, host the Nashville Predators tonight, then close out their seven-game home stand on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Edmonton Oilers having success against Eastern opponents, look to copy that against the West

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-29

It’s very unlikely the Edmonton Oilers will be able to petition the NHL into letting them move to the Eastern Conference.

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Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot settling into role on PK while adding scoring

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-29

Benoit Pouliot bounced around the NHL for the better part of six seasons before finding job stability with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl stays with Oilers, moving in with RNH

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-29

Dallas Eakins said he told the kid after the game.

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Canucks look to NBA champs for team-building advice

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-29

Two blogs in less than a week. Don’t get used to it. Elliotte Friedman has 30 thoughts, I give you two. SAN ANTONIO CANUCKS The Vancouver Canucks had three road games in four nights last week but for VP of hockey administration TC Carling, it was four in four. Carling met up with Canucks president Trevor Linden for a trip to San Antonio in order to pick the brains of the NBA champion Spurs’ brass. Linden and Carling spent 9.5 hours over two days with Spurs GM RC Bufort, Assistant GM Sean Marks and members of their human performance department to see if they could gain insight into why the Spurs have been so good for so long. Sure drafting Tim Duncan will do wonders for a franchise but to

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Blessing From Above – The Oilers Fourth Line

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-28

For years and years, Oiler fans and bloggers alike complained about the team’s fourth line. It seems like a minor issue to get angry about, but it was a major liability for a hockey team that simply needed all hands on deck just to compete year in and year out. It seemed like, for the last five years, that every time Edmonton’s fourth line went on the ice, the puck wouldn’t leave the defensive zone, and a massive number of goals against would follow. This year, for the first time in likely nine years, Edmonton’s fourth line is not a liability, in fact it is far from it. The fourth line brings toughness, players willing to drop the gloves, the sandpaper aspect Edmonton

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CHANGING LANES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-28

Craig MacTavish took on the GM job in April 2013 and has been very aggressive in his attempts to turn around the roster. A team with as many amateur GMs as Edmonton possesses (fans, blogs, media, guy down the street, homeless people, pretty much everyone but the stamp collector) is going to have some disagreement, but it’s interesting to look at the current roster and see just how much of it has been altered and upgraded. MACT’S MOVES 2013-14 Signed D Anton Belov. A solid bet, didn’t work out. I still think there’s a player there. Neutral arrow. Signed C Mark Arcobello. This didn’t seem like a big move at the time, but it has paid dividends. Plus arrow. Traded C S

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Eakins: Oilers have ‘extra mojo’ against the East

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-28

LEDUC, Alta. — These are heady times for Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers (4-4-1) have won four straight games against Eastern Conference teams. But now comes an all too familiar challenge for Edmonton: trying to match up against their Western rivals. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool Edmonton began the season 0-4-1 against Western teams before getting back on track against Eastern squads at Rexall Place. But the final two contests of the Oilers’ seven-game homestand will be against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night and Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. &

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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF YOUR MIND

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-28

To the surprise of no one, the Edmonton Oilers announced today that Leon Draisaitl is staying—for now—with the team. A long and uneven tradition that began with Sam Gagner continues unabated, as the Oilers like their forwards to take one giant leap whenever humanly possible. It looks like GM Craig MacTavish may be looking to hedge his bets a little though, and that's good news for Oilers fans.

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Edmonton Oilers keep Leon Draisaitl on NHL roster, entry-level contract kicks in

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-28

Not long after Leon Draisaitl had wrapped up his nine-game audition with the Edmonton Oilers, he got the official word from head coach Dallas Eakins that he would be staying with the NHL club, rather than returning to the Prince Albert Raiders. The rookie centre, who turned 19 on the day the Oilers shut out the Montreal Canadiens, admitted that he had a moment when he let down his guard and celebrated the news.

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