THE LOAD OUT

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-09-15

Bob McKenzie interviewed Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on TSN and if you're an Oilers fan this is must-see stuff. It is here . Among the items of note: They'll make the decision on Draisaitl based on Leon's development, not need. MY TAKE: It doesnt look like it from here. If they need to add a center, the club will make a move. MY TAKE: Sounds like they may have something in their back pocket. 2015 pick plus plus for Patrik Berglund? Likes the Chicago model, three scoring lines and a shutdown 4line. They are a developing player and maybe another player away from that. MY TAKE: I think that's fair. MacT feels Oscar, Klefbom and Marincin are going to be good defensemen for 10-15 years.

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Ramsay, Hall and pre camp notes

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-15

The Oilers rookies wrap up their rookie tournament in Penticton this afternoon before flying back to Edmonton to prepare for Wednesday's tilt vs. the U of A Golden Bears at Clare Drake Arena.The veterans partake in medicals on Thursday,  step on the ice Friday and Saturday before the first preseason games on Sunday vs. the Flames.The Oilers and Flames will play two games this coming Sunday, one in each city, but before the games begin here are some notes prior to the start of the Oilers 35th NHL season.

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GIF: Kale Kessy. Not A Hunter Smith Fan.

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-09-15

Kale Kessy meets Hunter Smith. Hates Flames organization forever. Joins an elite club of Edmonton Oilers fans. Welcome to the club, kid. Just wish it didn't have to go down like this. The post GIF: Kale Kessy. Not A Hunter Smith Fan. appeared first on Tend The Farm ~.

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OILERS V JETS (ROOKIES G3)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-15

The biggest news out of this year’s Young Stars tournament comes via the smallest player possible, Vladimir Tkachev. The young man has an invite to main camp based on his performance at the tournament, and everyone thinks he earned it. He’s basically found money at this point, and you have to be quality when your vitals are 5.09, 141. The kid is a modern Yvan Cournoyer, and he’s all hockey player. Red Line had him No. 58 overall: Exceptionally skilled, but diminutive winger. Tiny and does not have a big frame to fill out, but he’s incredibly elusive and instinctivearound the offensive end. Super fast hands and could stickhandle in a phone booth. ISS had him No. 98 over

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Bogdan Yakimov will push Leon Draisaitl for a spot on the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-15

How about Big Yak and Little Yak on the Oilers? Does that make sense? Almost certainly one big young rookie centre is going to make the Edmonton Oilers this October, but it’s increasingly clear that there will be stiff competition for that job. Skilled and lanky Bogdan Yakimov followed up a strong development camp in Jasper with a sensational game against the Calgary Flames rookies on Saturday night in the Okanagan Young Guns tournament. The assumption of most Oilers observers is that skilled and burly Leon Draisaitl is a lock for an Oilers job, especially with the team failing to bring in a veteran centre this summer to compete for a full-time job. But Yakimov should make things inter

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Matt Henderson: Young Stars G3 Oilers vs Jets: Chasing The Dream

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-15

After resting the players they knew were going to get lots of chances to play in the pre-season the Oilers are going to put Draisaitl, Khaira, and Nurse back into game action for game 3. The Oilers get to play a 4th game against the Golden Bears so they brought enough players for almost everybody to get 3 games in during this prospect tournament. The biggest developments out of the Young Stars...

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Opening Day

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-15

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What Klefbom and Nurse need to do to crack the Oilers’ 2014-15 roster

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-15

It’s certainly fair to argue about the quality of the top-end guys, but the depth on the Oilers’ blue line is unquestionably the best it’s been in some years. The team has six NHL veterans signed to one-way contracts, and Martin Marincin all but inked into a spot on the roster. Given those numbers, how can two of the team’s most exceptional prospects – Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom – possibly crack the roster? Craig MacTavish was recently asked by TSN’s Bob McKenzie whether those guys had a shot at making the team, and Edmonton’s general manager made it abundantly clear what would need to happen for either of them to be in the opening night roster.

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#25 - Anton Slepyshev

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-15

Sliding down from number 20, Anton Slepyshev kicks of the Top 25 Under 25 in the 25th position. Anton Slepyshev narrowly avoided being banished into oblivion thanks to a weak crop of prospects and players. Since his debut at #18 in the summer of 2013, Slepyshev has continued to slide down the ranks landing in the 25th spot this time around. Rank Player DOB Drafted Year Alan Ben Bruce Curtis DB Derek Jeff Jon Michael Ryan Scott Zsolt 25 ANTON SLEPYSHEV 94/05/13 88 2013 26 22 26 28 26 22 25 23 24 23 31 20 Previous Rank: 20 Since Scott's last post on Selpyshev, his minutes in the KHL have continued to slide. In 2012-13 his ATOI was 12:41 in 2013-14 it dropped to 10:19 and so f

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Some Thoughts On Penticton & The Afterglow

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-09-15

“Tread lightly,” I told myself about a week ago. “Don’t get swept up in the emotions of watching actual Oilers hockey,” I shouted in my backyard. “Watch Jujhar, Musil, Chase, Brossoit, Gernat, and others, but don’t get attached to what you actually see as ‘good’... The post Some Thoughts On Penticton & The Afterglow appeared first on Tend The Farm ~.

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Vladimir Tkachev will attend main camp with Edmonton Oilers after standout rookie tournament performance

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-15

According to Neil Hodge, the journalist who first broke the news that Tkachev would be auditioning at Edmonton’s rookie camp, the diminutive winger has shown enough to advance to the club’s full-scale training camp (h/t Mark Bowie): Tkachev entered Edmonton’s rookie camp as a long shot after being passed over in the NHL’s annual entry draft just a few months ago. The Oilers obviously felt there was enough there to give the forward an honest shot, debuting him alongside notable prospect (and fellow Russian) Bogdan Yakimov, but it would be a mistake to exaggerate their interest. Like every other NHL team, they declined to make the modest expenditure of a seventh round pick to secure h

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Instigating Forward, Greg Chase, Signs Three Year ELC With Oilers

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-09-15

Must love six workouts a week, 'Superbad', the number 25, and kind-hearted, but dangerous smiles. No, that's not Greg Chase's Tinder profile, but it is close. It was inevitable, really, that Greg Chase and his kind grin would be signed to the Edmonton Oilers. The instigating forward with a great attitude, and genuine offensive skill, has signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL team. Chase, currently playing in the Penticton Prospect Tournament, played five games with the Oklahoma City Barons last season after the completion of his third full season of WHL play with the Calgary Hitmen. In those five games he fared well enough to score a goal. The post Instigating Forward, Greg C

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