EVEN THE DULL AND IGNORANT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-08-27

In a recent tweet, the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson talked about Travis Ewanyk and his career crossroads. Ewanyk is looking for work—like a lot of pro players—and jobs are scarce. Ewanyk is generally regarded as a disappointment, having been drafted in the third round of the 2011 entry draft while also being unable to make the NHL grade at this time. Here is what I wrote about him on draft weekend: #74 overall- C Travis Ewanyk: Future role player has a nice range of skills and therefore a few slots he could fill. PF size and style, he can win faceoffs and projects as a future checking center. I don’t know that he’s going to bring enough offense to make the NHL, but he was c

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Josh Ho-Sang is wide awake

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-27

“Enough with the bulls***. It’s time to grow up.” —Garth Snow, on Josh Ho-Sang, Sept. 15, 2015 TORONTO — Josh Ho-Sang was late for the first day of New York Islanders training camp last fall and was told not to bother coming at all. General manager Garth Snow, who drafted the gifted prospect 28th overall in 2014, kicked him back to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Since then, not a day has gone by that the right wing with an eye-popping dangle for every disapproving word said about him hasn’t thought about his mistake. Today, the 20-year-old Ho-Sang says the snap demotion was the best thing that could have happened to him. He woke up. Trainer Matt Nichol, who runs BioStee

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RE 16-17 JONAS GUSTAVSSON: MY WAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-08-26

Goalies are often more famous than warranted, and Jonas Gustavsson is way more famous than his actual NHL production has earned him. Part of it came from the team who originally signed him—Toronto—and part of it came from the press release. Brian Burke: “Jonas is considered by many to be the best goaltender not playing in the NHL today. He has a unique combination of size and agility and we’re excited to add a player with his potential to our roster.” Source (My Way) JONAS GUSTAVSSON 15-16: 24GP, 2.72 .908 Well. Yep. Pretty famous goalie. Why is he famous? Why is he famous? Why did they sign him? Probably because he is 6.04 and they thought the new goalie pads would be part of the

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Centre Mark Letestu happy Oilers acquired Adam Larsson

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-08-26

As one of the few players who spends his summers in Edmonton, centre Mark Letestu can empathize with the unrest with some fans in Oilers Nation over the Taylor Hall trade two months ago, but he really likes the deal for defenceman Adam Larsson.

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Mark Letestu is a big fan of the Oilers getting Adam Larsson

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-26

As one of the few players who spends his summers in Edmonton, centre Mark Letestu can empathize with the unrest with some fans in Oilers Nation over the Taylor Hall trade two months ago, but he really likes the deal for defenceman Adam Larsson. “I got over it in two days…guys come and go,” said Letestu, not being flip, just realistic. “I know there’s a certain attachment fans have with Taylor…he was the light, part of the players who were going to take us to the playoffs. But for me, I think we got better.” The entire league knew the Oilers were looking for a right-shooting defencemen and played hardball with GM Peter Chiarelli. There were no gifts being tossed around. “No d

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Remenda Returns as Sportsnet Announces Exclusive Oilers Coverage

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-26

Embed from Getty Images As we near the start of the 2016-2017 season, Sportsnet has announced where Oilers fans can go to catch all the action this season. 

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If accountability now part of Oilers culture, how much does team need to win this year?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-26

Oilers Entertainment Group vice-president and chief operating officer Bob Nicholson was on Oilers Now on Thursday talking about the key issue for the Edmonton Oilers in the Daryl Katz era, accountability in hockey operations. It’s something that has been lacking, as I explored in posts here, here and here. The major findings of this series of posts? I concluded: a) under Katz, the Oilers were inexperienced at the top from the start, with a new owner in Katz, a new director of hockey ops in Kevin Lowe and a new GM in Steve Tambellini, then in Craig MacTavish, all of them doing their jobs for the first time; b) if the Edmonton Investors Group had stayed on as owners, and the Oilers

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In Memoriam: Those We Lost In The Rebuild

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-26

Since 2010 the Edmonton Oilers have seen a never ending parade of players walk through those cool doors with the giant Oilers logo on it, only to be discarded sometime later for a newer, still not very good player to take their place. Today we honour those who served the Oilers but have since moved on. 

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Shawn Horcoff isn't coming to Oilers' camp on tryout

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-26

To quiet the rampant speculation on talk radio, Shawn Horcoff isn’t going to be auditioning for a job here as a fourth-line centre or a 13th or 14th forward. He’s not going anywhere with a professional tryout offer. The former Edmonton Oilers’ captain, who played the fifth most games in team history (796) is much closer to retiring at 38 (Sept. 17) after reaching 1,000 total NHL games last season as a role player with the Anaheim Ducks than playing again. He might like to get into management with an NHL team, something in the scouting field to see if he likes it this season because nobody is banging down the doors to sign him and he doesn’t want to uproot his family from their home i

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29 fun things I learned BioSteel Camp

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-26

We spent all week at BioSteel Camp at St. Michael’s College Arena in Toronto, where more than 20 NHL superstars, prospects and role players sharpened their game and competed against each other in preparation for training camp. Watching the drills and speaking to a dozen or so players, we learned a few things at Camp. Here are 29 of them. 1. Paul Bissonnette is a four-time champion. Team Seguin hoisted the 2016 BioSteel Cup Thursday after winning the camp’s four-on-four tournament. A valued member of Seguin’s squad, BizNasty will now have his name etched on the Cup four times. “I want to thank Tyler Seguin for believing in me and picking me last overall,” Bissonn

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