Tough, skilled Bruins winger Milan Lucic is on the block. What should the Oilers offer?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-23

Lucic would be a great fit with the Oilers. But is the price right? Power forward Milan Lucic, 26, 6-foot, 3-inch, 230-pounds, is on the trading block, according to Bruins insider Joe Haggerty of Comcast. “You continue to hear he’s probably going to be moved,” Haggerty said to his broadcaster partner Mike Giardi this week. The Edmonton Oilers need size and toughness.  Lucic brings those qualities. But can the Oilers afford Lucic? Haggerty being Haggerty — on the lookout for what will work well for Boston, though not necessarily for Boston’s trading partners — suggests Edmonton might be willing to trade Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle for Lucic.  “Th

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Edmonton Oilers musings

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-04-23

After yet another abysmal season here in Edmonton, owner Daryl Katz appears to have had enough.  There has been a lot of happenings within the organization since the season ended and there seems to be Oiler news every other day since.  First they won the lottery, then Bob Nicholson was named C.E.O. and now recently [...] The post Edmonton Oilers musings appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Succession Planning

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-23

Any competent NHL general manager needs to make decisions with an eye on the short-, mid- and long-term. For the Edmonton Oilers, part of that means making rough plans now for next summer’s free agents. This is something that has started already – the David Perron trade saw the Oilers move a significant player prior to his rental season – and needs to continue as the team draws up its game-plan for this summer.

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Where does Leon Draisaitl fit on an Edmonton Oilers depth chart rich in talented young pivots?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-23

The excitement in these parts about the Edmonton Oilers winning the lottery during Connor McDavid’s draft year is palpable. Not only is this important development worthy of celebration in its own right, it will have a trickle-down effect on the club’s depth chart and on their development plans for other suddenly-lower-profile youngsters. McDavid’s talent is such that he can be expected to immediately make the team out of training camp, notwithstanding those past recriminations about the Oilers jump-starting their young forward prospects before they were physically mature and/or ready for the NHL. In the past eight years, all of Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Hall, Ryan

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Is Connor McDavid the Next Eric Lindros?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-23

When I wrote down the title to this article, I decided to answer the question with another question: Is Connor McDavid the next Eric Lindros? Well, why would he be? (Aaron Bell/OHL Images) This has become so much of an issue that Connor’s father took it upon himself to speak up for his son. He told the media that while there was an element of surprise that Edmonton won the draft lottery, it doesn’t affect Connor’s main objective, and that is to play in the NHL, regardless of who calls his name on draft day. “Connor is very aware of the rich history and the passionate fans in Edmonton and would be proud and humbled to follow in the steps of those great players and team

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Todd McLellan and the Oilers

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-04-23

On Monday afternoon, the San Jose Sharks and Head Coach Todd McLellan decided to mutually part ways after seven years. McLellan made the playoffs six times with the Sharks, and got to the conference finals twice. On top of that, he also led the team to a President’t Trophy during the 2008-09 season, and led an offensive juggernaut. I’ll do a massive piece regarding McLellan in the next few days, along with a few other coaching candidates, but I wanted to touch on this now because the Oilers are clearly interested in him. HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted out the following prior to the Winnipeg Jets’ game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. Hearing EDM has reache

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HERE COMES SUMMER!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-23

After last night’s news, the summer’s procurement possibilities may be stronger and the Edmonton Oilers may be prepared to aim higher. Along with stunning youth in the CHL (McDavid, Nurse, Draisaitl), Edmonton has equally stunning holes on the big club. We know the list of needs (it is below) but the additions of the No. 1 overall pick added to (it looks like) Peter Chiarelli suggests a brand new day. One suspects that Bob Nicholson will make a splash when Chiarelli is announced (although it’s unlikely there will be blood in the streets it’s a good bet a few people are released from employment) and the summer acquisitions are likely to be more famous than the names (N

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Embrace the Hate, Nation

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-23

There are fans and pundits around the NHL that think the Edmonton Oilers don't deserve Connor McDavid... Hi haterz!

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Connor McDavid’s signature move: deking, passing and stickhandling, but doing it one-handed

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-23

Observations on Connor McDavid from his OHL playoff series against the London Knights Ten years from now when you go to a minor hockey rink, all the best players will be doing a few things far more often than they do it now, namely charging rapidly up the ice, but pushing the puck with one hand, not two, and stickhandling with one hand, not two, and even passing with one hand, not two. They’ll practice the one-hand trick in the basement, on the outdoor ice and at practice. Coaches will know how to teach it and will demand. it. They’ll all do that because Connor McDavid is going to popularize doing the one-handed thing, a technique he has already mastered more than any player bef

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Edmonton Oilers G.M. Craig MacTavish wants to re-sign Derek Roy, despite winning draft lottery

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-23

It was worth wondering whether the Edmonton Oilers surprise win of the 2015 Draft Lottery – and the accompanying certainty that they will be adding Connor McDavid to next year’s roster – might have softened the team’s interest in pending unrestricted free agent Derek Roy. According to the team’s general manager, that is not the case. In an interview Wednesday with 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer, Craig MacTavish was asked whether the team had ruled out bringing Roy back. “No, we’d like to have Derek back,” replied MacTavish. “We haven’t had any success in doing that to this point but we’re still very interested in having Derek back.” Assuming that the Oilers are able to neg

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3 Potential Taylor Hall Trade Scenarios

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-23

It’s not that Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall is expendable following the team’s draft lottery victory last Saturday (in order to presumably draft Connor McDavid). It’s that, if (and it’s a big if) the Oilers opt to move one of their higher-end young stars in order to shore up the team’s goaltending/defense, Hall alone possesses the unique combination of: A huge salary/ salary-cap hit ($6 million) A hugely disappointing last season (38 points in 2014-15) A huge amount of marquee value and top-end skill Needless to say, any deal involving Hall would be huge as well. In fact, any deal involving any one of him, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would make for a

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Nurse vs. McDavid: Glimpse to the future

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-23

Darnell Nurse and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will battle Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League semi-finals starting tomorrow. Both teams are loaded with elite young players and first round draft picks, but Oilers fans will be paying close attention to Nurse and McDavid. You can watch the first two games on line, and games three (Sunday),four (Tuesday) and five (next Thursday) on Sportsnet 360.

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