The Leap of Faith: Ryan Johansen & Jordan Eberle

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-18

Negotiations between Columbus and star centre Ryan Johansen seem to have imploded rather badly. Blue Jackets’ management is publicly very frustrated, and on Wednesday went so far as to release publicly the three offers they had made to the RFA centre. It’s an interesting negotiation to watch from an Oilers perspective, because Edmonton has gone a different direction with its young players – and has to make decisions on others in the future.

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SETTING FREE THE CORGI’S

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-18

Taylor Hall is the franchise. If he can score 80 points when the Corgi’s are barking, imagine what he’ll do when the Corgi’s are humming? TAYLOR HALL 5X5 CORSI FOR % BY MONTH, 2013-14 (via Zsolt Munoz) Oct – 48.97% (Rudie Can’t Fail) Nov – 42.9% (Hateful) Dec – 45.1% (Train in Vain) Jan – 41.5% (Lost In the Supermarket) Feb – 46.4% (Brand New Cadillac) Mar – 48.9% (London Calling) Apr – 47.1% (Death or Glory) The Feb-April run is encouraging, and as has been reported elsewhere, Tyler Dellow’s brilliant work at his now defunct (for now, I bet it eventually returns, perhaps modified) website may have contributed to this

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Oilers Open Training Camp

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-18

Here it is, the day we’ve been waiting for since early April when Edmonton knocked off Vancouver. The chill in the air has returned, that optimism in all of our hearts is back, and the sound of skates pounding the ice in 30 cities around North America once again rings freely in the rinks of NHL teams. It’s beautiful, and it marks the start of my favorite time of year, Oilers training camp. On Friday the Oilers officially hit the ice for their first practice, and on Sunday they take the ice for their first pre-season game. Today? They report for medicals, and officially get the band back together for a chance at a playoff berth. Will they get it? That’s anyone’s guess,

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Oilers get some skating help from decorated expert

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-18

Even with all the expertise that he hass at his disposal, David Pelletier will not be trying to coax a triple salchow out of Luke Gazdic — unless, of course, the brawny Edmonton Oilers winger wants to work the jump into a celly. What the former Olympic champ will be doing in his new role as the Oilers skating coach, will be working with the club’s prospects under the umbrella of the development team.

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#21 - Brandon Davidson

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-18

Brandon Davidson is back in familiar territory at 21 in the Top 25 Under 25 After dropping to 25 the last time around Brandon Davidson finds himself in back in a familiar spot. In his nine appearances in the Top 25 Under 25 Davidson has been ranked in the 21st spot 4 of those times. Rank DOB Drafted Yeat Alan Ben Bruce Curtis DB Derek Jeff Jon Michael Ryan Scott Zsolt BRANDON DAVIDSON 91/08/21 162 2010 24 19 20 21 22 24 20 19 27 26 33 19 Drafted in the 6th round Davidson made his T25 debut in the 25th spot. In his draft+1 season he posted 8-44-28 in 72GP and the hopes for the young defensman (on a team in desperate need of defense) rose as did his T25 ranking when it peaked at

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Edmonton Oilers rookies ride early outburst, late goaltending to tight win over Alberta Golden Bears

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-18

Edmonton Oilers rookie camp wound up in fine fashion on Wednesday night, playing a quality opponent in the CIS national champion U of Alberta Golden Bears at a packed Clare Drake Arena. After having lost the two previous games in this long-standing series, Rookies coach Todd Nelson left little to chance, dressing what amounted to his A team of relatively mature, mostly signed prospects, including a number of big, skilled players that helped his team withstand the relentless pressure from the Bears. The Oilers got a couple of early breaks and jumped to a 3-0 first-period lead. But the Bears clawed one back late in the first, then took the initiative for much of the duration, outshooting the v

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Oilers rookies gain victory in chippy affair

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-18

They sausaged 3,009 into the Clare Drake barn at $30 a pop Wednesday, which means the national champion U of Alberta Golden Bears made over $90,000 for their hockey program, but if they won at the gate, they lost on the ice.

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Photos: Edmonton Oilers rookies take on University of Alberta Golden Bears (Sept. 17, 2014) [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-18

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Edmonton Oilers rookies down Alberta Golden Bears 4-2

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-18

Traditionally, the game means more to the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

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Oilers prospect Mitchell Moroz using size, offence to make most of his opportunity

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-18

Mitchell Moroz will probably get a long chance to make a good impression.

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Oilers Invite Kevin Westgarth To Camp

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-18

The Edmonton Oilers added to their training camp roster on Tuesday by officially inviting forward Kevin Westgarth to camp. Westgarth is a 30 year old forward who spent last season with the Calgary Flames, and previously spent time with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings organizations. Westgarth was undrafted and joined the Kings organization following four years at Princeton. The Lowdown: Kevin Westgarth is big, tough, physical and can fight. In short terms, he is an enforcer at the NHL level who will protect his teammates and fight when called on. At age 30, it’s safe to call him a veteran version of Luke Gazdic. He’s a guy that stands in at 6’4” and 234 p

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MacKinnon: Oilers’ summer of love over

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-18

School’s back in session for the Oilers; the summer of love is over. And not just the young, not-yet Oilers, either, although they were hard at it Wednesday night at Clare Drake Arena, playing the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the annual rookie game.

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