Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-21

Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers- Yup, this is another post about centre ice. Can you tell what has been dominating my thoughts lately? Even though it is highly probable that I would concede (under torture or extreme duress) that the Oilers’ centre ice chart will look much the same on [...] The post Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Cody Franson of the Toronto Maples Leafs is on the block. Should the Edmonton Oilers be interested?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

This is from James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer and defenceman Cody Franson, who just signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Leafs: “They’re not viewed as key pieces of the franchise’s future – and they know it. For one, both have been on the trade block all off-season…” And Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post reports on Franson’s trade status: “Franson will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, meaning the Leafs will risk losing him for nothing. It has been suggested the team will look to move him before that threat comes to pass. Toronto nearly shipped him to Montreal earli

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30 Thoughts: NHL defenceman cash in on free-agent frenzy

Source: CBC Sports - Hockey Night In Canada
Date: 2014-07-21

In Elliotte Friedman's final 30 Thoughts of the season, he discusses how the NHL free agency period has been kind to defencemen and gives some bonus thoughts. *Since this is the last 30 Thoughts of the season, I tacked on some bonus ones. Enjoy.With a couple of weeks to look back at this year's half-a-billion-dollar free-agent bonanza, here's one of the trends that stood out: depth forwards didn't do as well. And, the beneficiaries were defencemen.Twelve months ago, Eric Nystrom and Brandon Prust got four years and $10 million US. Boyd Gordon: three years and $9 million. Matt Cooke: three and $7.5 million. Matt Hendricks' average became $1.85 million over four seasons.The bi

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Oilers prospects: Who, where, why?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-21

The Oilers prospect cupboard might be as full as it has ever been. They have good depth on the blueline, they finally have some skilled size in the system and, most importantly, they have a few prospects who are NHL ready.

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Oilers and their fans need to show patience with Mitch Moroz

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-07-21

The 2014-15 campaign will mark the first season in the pro game for Edmonton Oilers prospect Mitch Moroz. While the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward will find himself in the AHL to start his career, fans of the Oilers should not expect to see the twenty year old become a regular fixture in the National Hockey League for some time.

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Monday Mailbag - July 21st

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-21

As far as I'm concerned, you've done enough work today - you deserve a break. If your boss asks, you can tell them that reading the mailbag is important research that will positively impact the company you work for in the future.  If you want to submit a question, you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter @jsbmbaggedmilk.Enjoy.

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RE 14-15 TAYLOR HALL: RIVER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-21

Taylor Hall is cast as the hero in our story. Breathtaking in flight, his presence on the ice signals a change in the weather. Hall is the central character in a tragedy that should explode in a spectacular crescendo of brilliant light, and make this journey worthwhile. Some sweet day. TAYLOR HALL 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.78 (4th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.27 (8th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: 10.3 (best among regular forwards) Zone Start: 52.0% (4th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 51.2% (7th best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 186/

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Another year in junior is best for the overall development of Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse, Seidel says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

A major disagreement about what’s best for top Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse has brewed up, with one OHL prospects expert Brock Otten saying it will be a mistake if the Oilers don’t bring him to the NHL, but another, Mark Seidel, shooting back: “I couldn’t disagree more with his (Otten’s) opinion about Darnell Nurse being hurt by being sent back,” Seidel says. Seidel is chief scout of North American Central Scouting (NACScouting). Here’s his take on Nurse: “Nurse is a tremendous prospect for the Oilers that will have a long and productive career but another year in Sault Ste. Marie will be the best for his overall development. He has a

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Can undersized defenceman Brad Hunt surpass expectations for the Edmonton Oilers yet again?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

2014 Edmonton Oilers Prospects: Brad Hunt (unranked) Our annual summer look at the state of Edmonton’s prospect system kicks off today, with a look at Brad Hunt. Before we get to Hunt, some background on the series: - We use eligibility for the NHL’s Calder Trophy requirements to define what a “prospect” is. Any player who has played 25-or-more games in a single season does not qualify (good Oilers examples include Anton Lander and Roman Horak), and neither does any player who has played six-or-more games in two preceding seasons. Also ineligible are any players over the age of 26 as of September 15, 2015 (such as Brad Hunt). If we’ve covered an ineligible player – such as Lander

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2014 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-21

Photo: Coyotes top pick Brendan Perlini, selected 12th overall, led the Niagara IceDogs with 34 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)   The freshly rebranded Arizona Coyotes loaded up on forwards at the 2014 NHL Draft. Although General Manager Don Maloney claimed the organization would merely be targeting the best players available, only two of their nine draft picks were defensemen. The Coyotes organization already boasts a glut of talented veteran and emerging defensemen. Yet, management arrived in Philadelphia lacking scoring punch up front, an issue which was to be exacerbated with the loss of Radim Vrbata to free agency and the buyout of Mike Ribeiro. Maloney was a

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In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-21

In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer? My knowledge of Bogdan Yakimov is limited to what I have found on the internet. Like most of you, I have never seen a KHL game live (or MHL or VHL). I’ve also never been to the Ivan Hlinka tournament or a World Junior [...] The post In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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THE 2014 DRAFT (OILERS)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-21

The Edmonton Oilers flew in to PHL with a small list of needs and one target. Result: They covered all bases. Big franchise center? Check. Goalies of the future? Check. A bunch of men who they don't need to sign in two years? Check and mate.

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