Taylor Hall has his best year, but not his luckiest year, on the Edmonton Oilers power play

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

Taylor Hall chipped in on scoring chances at a career-high rate in 2013-14 The Edmonton Oilers power play has been the subject of some ridicule, mainly because it dropped from being the NHL’s third-ranked power play under Ralph Krueger in 2012-13 to the 27th ranked power play under Dallas Eakins in 2013-14. I’m still digging into exactly how much worse the Oilers power play was this year — and whether or not it was more lucky under Krueger and unlucky under Eakins than anything else — but it’ s already clear that a number of top Oilers attackers, including Taylor Hall, had much less luck converting on their power play scoring chances this year than they did las

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Dillon Simpson reportedly negotiating with Edmonton Oilers. What kind of a player is he?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

The Edmonton Oilers’ weaknesses on defence are well-known. One area where the organization is not weak, however, is in blueline prospects. The system is chock-a-block with them, and may be set to formally add another. In 2011, Stu MacGregor and crew placed a heavy emphasis on the blue, drafting Oscar Klefbom in the first round, David Musil in the second, Dillon Simpson in the fourth, and Martin Gernat in the fifth. All have been tracking reasonably well to this point, with Klefbom, Musil and Gernat all making their North American professional debuts in Oklahoma City this season. Simpson, meanwhile, has been quietly progressing at the University of North Dakota, a program he joined at 1

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RE 13-14 NAIL YAKUPOV: DOMINO

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-19

Nail Yakupov spent one entire season wandering in the wilderness.  Theories rain from every available source on what went wrong, and it took some time to figure it out. The answer: Inside. NAIL YAKUPOV 12-13 5×5 points per 60: 2.20 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 4.20 (5th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 7th toughest among regular forwards (second-third line opp) Qual Team: 7th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: -5.1(11th best among regular forwards, -15.22 CorsiON) Zone Start: 51.1% (6th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 51.0% (6th best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 81/20.99% (1st among F’s>70 shots)

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What Kind of Player Will Nail Yakupov Become?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-19

Few questions matter more to the current edition of the Edmonton Oilers than the one regarding Nail Yakupov’s future. Coming off a terrible year, is he a draft bust in the making or is he a player with extraordinary potential who just had things go sideways? What does history suggest?

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Colorado: Throw Corsi out the window

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-19

If you're a hockey enthusiast that's joined us in the 21st century, it's likely you've heard the word "Corsi" before. Perhaps you've also heard of "Fenwick". Both are a unit of measure of puck possession utilized and analyzed by the advanced stats crowd, which is quickly gaining traction in a number of hockey venues. Maybe you're into PDO. More on that in a second. I'm not going to sit here and bore you to death giving you a crash course on a subject that I admittedly am far from holding expertise on, so instead, I'll point you to a fabulous and hilariously witty advanced stats tutorial that was written for Grantland by Sean McIndoe. Read it? Got it? Good. Onward... Since the beginning o

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Defensive Faceoffs and Tough Guys

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

Last year I outlined how I break things at 5v5 into pieces following faceoffs depending on location and whether they were won or lost. For defensive zone faceoff losses, it’s 37 seconds – that’s how long it takes for the effect of a defensive zone faceoff loss to wash out of the data. I ran [...]

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WHL Playoffs: Oil Kings destroy Medicine Hat in opener

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-19

After making quick work of the Prince Albert Raiders and Brandon Wheat Kings in the opening two rounds of the WHL Playoffs, the Edmonton Oil Kings look poised to make it three consecutive post-season blowouts after pounding the Medicine Hat Tigers 8-3 in opener of their Eastern Conference Final. Cody Corbett led the way with a pair of goals and was one of six Oil Kings to register multi-point nights.

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Why is everyone so grumpy on Good Friday?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-19

Well I've had a last 24 hours I won't soon forget. Got to deal with a disgruntled blogger, an accusation or plagiarism, a few other people demanding money after they just finished volunteering for the site. The whining and complaining today started about 6am and didn't slow up until I turned off my cell at 2pm because I was tired of it. When I finally did turn my cell back on, I had a look at the very busy comments section of the Edmonton Oilers Fan Page on Facebook. Yesterday, I posted a blog about Oilers players Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle turning down invitations to play for Team Canada at the World Championships. There are hard feelings towards how Hall

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OKC Barons make playoffs with last-gasp goal

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-04-19

Roman Horak’s goal with two minutes left got Oklahoma City Barons to overtime against the Iowa Wild Friday night  to clinch a playoff spot in the AHL’s Western Conference. Then centre C.J. Stretch won it three minutes into OT for a 4-3 victory over Minnesota’s farm club. With the two points, and losses by Charlotte Checkers and Rockford, it got the Barons to 81 points. Charlotte and Rockford, who play one another Saturday, both have 77 points.The Barons will play the Texas Stars, Dallas’s AHL farm club, in the best-of-five first-round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday in OKC. First two games are there and games three through five, in needed, are in Texas. The Stars

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ARMCHAIR GM XVI: BLOWING SMOKE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-19

Having known Craig MacTavish as a player, coach and manager in the NHL these past 25 years, many of them spent travelling around the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers until 2007, I have a lot of respect for him. Of MacTavish's many virtues, gamesmanship – on and off the ice – sits high on my list of his attributes. It was no surprise, then, to hear him spin The World According to MacT the other day when he met with local media, specifically as it pertained to head coach Dallas Eakins and how he'll handle his coaching staff. Will Eakins retain Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger? Will he add another coach?

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DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-18

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will likely resemble the 2008 edition, for a couple of reasons. The Oilers don’t have a second or a third round pick in 2014, just like 2008. The Oilers walked away with an outstanding player in 2008, and they will again in 2014 (assuming the player doesn’t get injured). 2008 DRAFT PICKS #22 overall R Jordan Eberle 275 NHL games #103 overall D Johan Motin 1 NHL game #133 overall L Phil Cornet 2 NHL games #163 overall L Teemu Hartikainen 52 NHL games #193 overall D Jordan Bendfeld This is a fine draft, we talked about it here and I gave it the edge over the Hemsky draft (your mileage may vary). Out of the 2008 NHL draft, the Oilers still have: their 1li

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OilersNation at the Summit Collectibles Show

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-18

If you've got nothing going on this weekend, I'd urge you to head down to Millenium Place in Sherwood Park and check out the Summit Collectibles Show. I was helping the Street Team get set up this morning, and it looks like there's going to be a lot of cool stuff to check out. And did I mention that we're going to be there?

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