Panthers leap over Sabres to land top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-04-16

Photo: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds up the card showing the Florida Panthers as the winner of the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Maybe second is the new first, at least when it comes to the NHL Draft Lottery, the latest of which took place on Tuesday evening. In the prior two lotteries, the 29th-ranked club ended up with the first selection, and that trend held in the 2014 edition as this season's 29th club, the Florida Panthers, ended up walking away with the first selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. The worst team in the 2013-14 season, the Buffalo Sabres, ended up with the second pick in the draft. This would have been the case

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An (un)Emotional Farewell to Ryan Smyth

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

For me, February 27th, 2007 carried substantially more weight. As a teenager, I remember leaving the house in a huff, forever frustrated by the powers that be who showed complete disinterest in improving the Edmonton Oilers on trade deadline day. So, instead of sulking for another couple of hours, I went out looking for something to do. I got into the car and the news hit me nearly harder than Todd Harvey's tears had a few years prior when the Oilers had the Stanley Cup slip through hands ready to hoist. Ryan Smyth, who I figured bled orange and blue far deeper than I did, had been traded to the New York Islanders for Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra (lol) along with a first-round pick th

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Oilers to draft No. 3 as MacTavish says he's committed to talented young core [Video]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-16

Winning their last game for Ryan Smyth may have provided the feel-good story of the year for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans.

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Gordon and Hendricks on the 4th line. Are You Kidding Me?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-16

Something has been bugging me for over a week now. I cannot recall who mentioned it to me. But at some point Stauffer said that Gordon and Hendricks would be a good fourth line for the Oilers next year. Honestly, this just made me shake my head. Are you kidding me? Is this a statement just to piss of Oilers fans? To get reaction and see? Or just one of the few stupid things he says. I thought it was the latter. But Bob seems to be a very smart man, most of the time anyways. So by giving him the benefit of a doubt, I thought I’d look into this. But first, why did I think that he had lost his mind? Looking at salary of coarse. Stats aside for the moment. Their salaries alone have them be

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Oilers GM Craig MacTavish gives head coach Dallas Eakins vote of confidence

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-16

Craig MacTavish is standing by his man.

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John MacKinnon: Hard to buy into what Edmonton Oilers GM is selling

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-16

EDMONTON — When it comes to the tricky process known as the NHL franchise ‘rebuild,’ somebody somewhere is doing it wrong. Guaranteed. Some NHL managers don’t even like the term ‘rebuild,’ preferring reload, refresh, renovate, redo, renew, recalibrate, boom-goes-the-dynamite. Take your pick.

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Panthers win draft lottery after “overtaking” Edmonton Oilers for 29th in last game of season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

Oilers retain #3 spot in June draft Take Our Poll The Florida Panthers came from the #2 hole to win the NHL’s draft lottery on Monday night. No doubt it won’t be lost on fans of the Edmonton Oilers that they sat in that #2 hole themselves, entering the last game of the season. On that day Florida dropped a 3-2 decision to Columbus while the Oilers topped Vancouver 5-2 to leapfrog to 28th and the #3 seed. That stings a little bit more at this moment than it did at the time. That said, there is no clearcut choice at #1, what with three different players ranking atop various scouting services. As Craig MacTavish put it at his season-ending press conference this morning: “If

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Edmonton Oilers GM steadfast in support of head coach, staff

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-16

EDMONTON — If there was on message that Craig MacTavish continually wove through his post-mortem — his first as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers — it was the need to strive for a semblance of continuity. He will continue to build around his core group of players, he is even more convinced now than he was at the start of the season that Dallas Eakins is the right man for the head coaching post, and he doesn’t foresee changes to the assistants or the scouting staff.

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LOTTERY!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-15

It’s lottery night! Scott Howson represents the Oilers, he’s up against other men in suits! The Oilers will end the night with either the first, third or fourth selection in the Entry Draft. Work it! C Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice (WHL). I think he punched his ticket for #1 overall with a terrific finish to the regular season. In his final 20 games, Reinhart posted 12-28-40 boxcars, and then he started killing giant bears with a pocketknife in the playoffs. D Aaron Ekblad, Barrie Colts (OHL). He was rolling at a point per game pace until the final 20 games, but his overall talent level includes terrific defensive value. I’m not sure he’s going to improve a lot from thi

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Oilers: MacTavish keeps expectations low in year end presser

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-15

No one should have been surprised with the approach Craig MacTavish decided to take to his year end press conference. After promising big changes and letting the entire hockey world know he wasn’t an overly patient man during his introduction as the Edmonton Oilers general manger, the fifty-five year old tried putting a positive spin on what was a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

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Edmonton Oilers: A Season to Forget

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-15

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. 2013-14 was the year the Edmonton Oilers were going to play meaningful games deep into the season. While few had them slated to qualify for post-season play for the first time since 2006, almost everyone felt this team was good enough to compete for a spot. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out during Dallas Eakins rookie year behind an NHL bench.

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Draft Lottery... Here We Go Again

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-15

Well, well, well... Look where we're at... again. For the 300th consecutive season, Oilers fans will be watching TSN to see what another pitiful season's reward will be. It's no doubt that the Tambellini's tie jokes will be flying, in full force, as we hope and pray that the Oilers will be picking 1st overall for the 4th time in 5 years. First, third, or fourth - what will it be?  Such is life in the City of Champi.... Uhh... Nevermind.

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