Sidney Crosby line combines for 6 points; Canada wins Game 1

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-27

TORONTO — Dominance it was not, but Team Canada still did enough to capture Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final. Carey Price made 32 saves and the top line of Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron chipped in with two more goals as Canada edged Europe 3-1 on Tuesday night. Steven Stamkos scored the eventual game-winner, with Marchand and Bergeron also finding the back of the net. Earlier in the day Canadian head coach Mike Babcock said the World Cup, for all its good, could not replace the Olympics “where the heat’s on you and you’ve got to deliver.” “Let’s not get confused,” he said. And indeed, the opener lacked the intensity,

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Jason Gregor: Hard-luck prospect looks to redeem himself with Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Tyler Pitlick is hoping to mirror what Brandon Davidson did last season. When the 2015 training camp began very few had Davidson pencilled in on the team. He only played one of the first eight regular season games, but when he got in for a second time he didn’t look bad. He played so well he forced the coaching staff to keep him in the lineup and play him almost 20 minutes a game. Pitlick won’t play that much, but he’s looking to become an NHL regular for the first time since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2010. In five pro seasons Pitlick has played 196 games in the AHL and 27 in the NHL, but he’s missed 156 games due to injury. He’s missed 61 NHL games and 95 in t

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Oilers Notes: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all pumped after World Cup

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, like Connor McDavid, was back at Edmonton Oilers’ practice Tuesday after his World Cup experience. He centred a line with Benoit Pouliot and Jesse Puljujarvi, and while he loved the run ’n gun of the World Cup and seemed to recover some of the offensive magic he showed as a teenager when he went first overall in the 2011 draft, he’s not a go-go-go guy. “I played mostly with (Nathan) MacKinnon and I thought we jelled. I also knew I had to be responsible on both sides of the rink … it’s something I’ve taken a lot of pride in the past few years. I’d like to take a few more (two-way) steps,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who has been tasked with trying to hold A

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Connor McDavid is back, now when does he get C on Oiler jersey?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Connor McDavid having the ‘C’ on his Team North America jersey at the World Cup wasn’t so much an audition for the same role here, as an announcement that he’s arrived as an NHL leader, even at 19. He’s a captain in waiting here and the wait’s not going to be much longer. It’s just a matter of when the Edmonton Oilers choose to have the press conference to tell everybody he’s the 15th guy to wear the ‘C’ in their 36-year history — and the youngest in franchise history, to boot. McDavid’s locker-room stall is smack-dab in the middle of the team’s new sparkling dressing room at Rogers Place, which is where the captain should be as he looks out at his crew

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Oilers backup hungry for wins

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Ask any backup goalie how many games he’d like to play in a season and the answer is always the same: About 65. They are competitive animals who always want the net, no matter who’s in front of them or what their role is supposed to be. Oilers backup Jonas Gustavsson is no different. “You never know what’s going to happen in a season, so I never really want to put a number on that or a label, No. 1 or No. 2,” said the former Toronto Maple Leaf, Detroit Red Wing and Boston Bruin. “Obviously we have Cam Talbot, who is a proven No. 1 goalie now, and I’m hoping he’s going to have a career year, but that being said I’m trying to push myself as well. “When I’m out there I wan

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Oilers goaltending prospect determined to find NHL form

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

It’s no secret that Laurent Brossoit’s first big taste of the NHL didn’t go down very well. And neither did his goals-against average. Let’s just say his five games in the Edmonton Oilers net last season didn’t quite go as he or the team had hoped. In fact, they went much worse. Worse, as in 18 goals against for a 3.61 GAA, .873 save percentage and zero wins. He had a great outing Feb 13 against the Jets, stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 1-0 overtime loss, but his overall body of work was not good, and included a pair of stinkers against Columbus (six goals) and the L.A. Kings (five). It was painful at the time, but he believes the lessons learned last winter have made him a bette

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Camp competition, Puljujarvi to AHL and more

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-27

Todd McLellan didn't waste any time putting some Oilers players on notice. This preseason will be competitive and whether you are a veteran or a high-end draft pick, you will have to earn your roster spot.

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JIGSAW PUZZLE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-09-27

The Edmonton Oilers moved seven players from the roster today, and in doing so freed up more space on the 50-man list. Although we are some time from the interesting cuts in camp, it is worth noting the quick dispatch for these youngsters at Oilers camp this year. THE DISTANT BELLS The most impressive names from this group are (imo) Ryan Vesce, Kyle Platzer and Ben Betker, but we haven’t seen all of these men in games yet. On a lesser level, Mitch Moroz has shown a pulse. It could be nothing but is worth noting. I will have an update tomorrow morning on the chances of making the roster (by player), but Ryan Vesce has an outside outside outside shot. Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear showed

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Edmonton Oilers well aware who their next captain will be

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-27

EDMONTON — That Connor McDavid will become the youngest captain in the history of the National Hockey League sometime in the next week or so became a foregone conclusion on the afternoon of April 10, 2016. That was the day when, after another fruitless season in Edmonton, Taylor Hall conducted what became his final interview as an Oiler. “He was the leader on the ice by the end of the season,” Hall said that day. Here was the face of a team — the long suffering, first of the No. 1 overall bonus babies — telling the hockey world that, in case you missed it, the 19-year-old became their best player. In just 45 games. On Tuesday McDavid returned from the captaining Team North America

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McDavid: Milan Lucic is ‘almost a perfect winger for myself’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-27

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid finally hit the ice Tuesday with his new linemate — the six-foot-three freight train named Milan Lucic — and was barely off the ice before passing judgment. “He’s almost a perfect winger for myself,” McDavid told reporters. “Just the way he plays I think it’s going to work well. He opens up so much room. He wins battles, he keeps a ton of pucks alive.” Lucic skated on a line with McDavid and right-winger Jordan Eberle in what is expected to be a training camp preview of the Oilers’ top line this season. “You have to be ready no matter where you are on the ice because he [McDavid] is really good at get

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