Edmonton Oilers keep Leon Draisaitl on NHL roster, entry-level contract kicks in

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-28

Not long after Leon Draisaitl had wrapped up his nine-game audition with the Edmonton Oilers, he got the official word from head coach Dallas Eakins that he would be staying with the NHL club, rather than returning to the Prince Albert Raiders. The rookie centre, who turned 19 on the day the Oilers shut out the Montreal Canadiens, admitted that he had a moment when he let down his guard and celebrated the news.

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Capitals’ goalies fight cancer with new masks

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-28

For many NHL goaltenders, the mask serves an extension of their being. Whether it’s an homage to a great from years past, a nod to a favourite film or band, or just a really creative design… goalie masks make for a cool avenue of expression. Washington Capitals goalies Braden Holtby and Justin Peters are using their masks as a tool to fight cancer as part of Hockey Fights Cancer, the NHL’s initiative to raise money and awareness. Washington Capitals on Twitter: “WATCH: @Holts170 & Justin Peters with @WaltonCaps looking at their #HockeyFightsCancer masks. http://t.co/fpoCK6BrtB http://t.co/BnFLukKU6i” Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens unveiled a ne

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-28

The Edmonton Oilers have gone from losing games they probably should have won to winning games they probably should have lost in treating the faithful to a roller-coaster ride on the way to a 4-4-1 record as the Nashville Predators come calling Wednesday.

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Why Draisaitl stays in the picture for Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-28

Good, rational organizations like Boston, Detroit or Los Angeles would never keep a kid like Leon Draisaitl in their lineup as a 19-year-old, right? That “fact” is always delivered with a wink of superiority, as if the people in those front offices are ingrained in selflessness, habitually putting a young man’s developmental welfare ahead of their own job security. Of course, those are good, solid organizations that never draft in the Top 10, the way the Edmonton Oilers have for the past six years. It’s easy to say — isn’t it? — when the kid you draft doesn’t have a prayer of making your Top 10 ranked NHL team. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers

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Injury Update: Nikitin Gets MRI and Hendricks Rests

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-28

Updates on a couple of injured Oilers. Nikitin (back spasms) will likely have an MRI and Hendricks had a simple maintenance day today after plenty of bumps & bruises last night. — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 28, 2014 A quick update from the Oilers this afternoon on the status of Nikita Nikitin and Matt Hendricks, both of whom were absent at practice this morning. With Nikitin it's a back issue, not an ankle as had been suggested previously, and Hendricks is just letting his body rest after being sent head first into the boards by P.K. Subban last night and then taking Alexei Emelin's elbow/forearm to the head later in the game. If I had to put money on it I would

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Playing Jr. 'til You're 24?!?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-28

#457549596 / gettyimages.com Sam Berg, former CHLer has filed a class action lawsuit against the league claiming he (and the 1300 other CHL players) was underpaid while he played in the league, when he says underpaid, he’s talking about being paid below minimum wage.

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Nine rookies: Who should go back to junior?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-28

Will they stay or will they go? NHL teams are facing important decisions on their teenage prospects as the 10-game mark looms. If a club decides to keep an underage junior on its NHL roster beyond the nine-game threshold, they burn one year of the player’s affordable entry-level deal. A second milepost arrives 39 games into the young rookie’s career. Play a 40th game in at the top level, and you inch one year closer to free agency. For example, if the New York Rangers’ Anthony Duclair skates in 40 NHL games this year, he will move one year closer to unrestricted free agency. We already know Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl is staying for a 10th game (that’s the Edmonton

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The Edmonton Oilers’ sane stance on not trading Nail Yakupov

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-28

Yakupov is starting to play hockey the right way at the NHL level  This just in from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman: “Nail Yakupov scored his second of the season in that win. There’ve been a lot of rumours about his future, but I confess I haven’t heard anything substantial. After a week of looking into it, here’s my best guess: he’s not untouchable, but the Oilers asked him to show more commitment in the off-season and on the ice. So far, he has delivered. It sounds like Edmonton wants to reward that. Dallas Eakins is trusting him in late-game one-goal leads, something that never would have happened a year ago.” My take Friedman is up there with TSN’s Bob M

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The Oilers are a .500 team

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-28

It is true. To quote the fiery Dennis Green, "The Oilers are who we thought they were." I expected the Oilers to be an 82-88 point team this year, and after a slow start they have climbed back to "500". Now the challenge for them will be to hover around that mark or maybe even a bit above.

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Boyd Gordon = Oilers early season MVP

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-10-28

It may be early, as we are all of two and a half weeks into the 2014-15 campaign, but one could make a legitimate argument that Boyd Gordon has been the Edmonton Oilers early season MVP. This despite being looked upon as nothing more than a so-called fourth line guy by many an Oilers fan and most of the local media.

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Oilers not sending Draisaitl back to junior

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-10-28

Leon Draisaitl’s belated 19th birthday present has arrived. The Edmonton Oilers centre will be remaining in the National Hockey League past the nine-game threshold, the club has decided, thus burning a year of his entry-level contract. The rookie is scheduled to play in his 10th big-league game Wednesday, versus the Nashville Predators, meaning he will not be sent down to junior this month, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Through his first nine games, the six-foot-one German has notched one goal, two assists and has steered clear of the penalty box. The big pivot has won 47.9 per cent of his face-offs and has averaged 13:14 of ice time per game, fourth among

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HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Hotstove: Best Fit For Jeff Petry?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-28

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Welcome to another edition of the Hockeybuzz hotstove. With all the rumors surrounding Jeff Petry, it sounds like it's a matter of not if but when Petry is shipped out of Edmonton. The Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings have all been linked to defensemen by some of the most reputable hockey reporters, and would all figure to have at...

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