FREAK TURBULENCE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-24

It is difficult to believe, but come this fall it will have been six summers since Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle emerged as twin towers of the future in Edmonton. The training camp roster was announced in mid-August—these days it is about one month later—and the sense we all got was that these young men were going to lead the team to the promised land. Hall was assigned No. 84, I said the buzz around town was greater than anything we had seen since the olden days. Eberle was No. 78, and there was enough secondary talent to create real excitement: Taylor Hall, now at 381 games and averaging 28-43-71 per 82gp. Jordan Eberle, now at 425 games and averaging 28-36-64 per 82gp. Magnus Paajarv

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Finland’s international golden era has just begun

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-24

Call him The Narrative Slayer. When Connor McDavid charged the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Canada’s 2-0 golden performance at the World Championship in Russia, the young Oilers star punctured a pretty good storyline in the making. That being, of course, that a Finland victory would have given Suomi all three major IIHF men’s titles this year. But while Finland may have lost at the worlds, the country’s gold medals at the world juniors and world under-18s were reason enough to believe that Finland is entering a golden era of hockey. And hey; getting shut down by Canada in the gold-medal game isn’t exactly a letdown. Finland had been flawless

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Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip, and the Oilers 2016 Draft Options: 2nd Round and Beyond

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-05-24

  EDMONTON, ALTA: AUGUST 5, 2010 — Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles at the Edmonton Folk Festival in Edmonton, August 5, 2010. (Ed Kaiser-Edmonton Journal) Before we get into Kieron’s post and on behalf of everyone here at Beer League Heroes, I (BLH) just want to send our best wishes Gord Downie, his family, and The Tragically Hip. On their website, the band announced that Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The Tragically Hip weren’t my favourite band but they certainly hold a place in my heart. Songs like “Courage”, “Little Bones”, and “50 Mission Cap” were amongst only a few that I had blaring out my ca

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What will the final Team North America roster look like?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-24

ST. LOUIS — Peter Chiarelli knew this was going to happen. The Team North America co-general manager said as much back in February. “It’s a cross between pro scouting and amateur scouting,” he said of trying to pick the Under-24 team for this fall’s World Cup of Hockey. “These players change way more than 25- or 26-year-olds. An older player can have a lull in his game, but you know what you’re going to get. These guys, their swings are huge.” Case in point: Chiarelli politely dismissed Auston Matthews’ chances of making this team back in March. “He’s got an uphill road,” he said then. Now, how can they not include Matthews, who looked very much at home playing for Te

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-24

Embed from Getty Images A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel.Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts of the second round, I won't be surprised to hear of a few teams looking to trade up to select the young pivot.

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Cult of Hockey: RNH had a mysteriously disappointing season for Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-24

2015-16 Edmonton Oilers in review: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins One year ago, at the wrap of our annual season-in-review series just like this one, we at the Cult of Hockey surveyed the wreckage of yet another lost Edmonton Oilers’ season in search of a silver lining somewhere, anywhere, in the line-up. This was our conclusion: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stood out this past season as the obvious team MVP. The youngster who turned 22 the day after the season ended continued his emergence as a two-way force, adding a finishing touch to his broad repertoire of skills as he led the team with 24 goals. Four years out from his draft year — where he was taken first overall by the Oilers in 2011 —

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Memorial Cup: Wheat Kings dethroned in "disappointing" loss to the Knights

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-24

Lead by a Christian Dvorak hattrick, the London Knights toyed with the Brandon Wheat Kings and took them down in dominant fashion 9-1. This tournament has been one that has started the same every game. The WHL team comes out playing throwing the body around early, but that didn't get the team very far. After taking an early penalty, the Wheat Kings found themselves killing a penalty with the Knights top line on the ice. They made no mistake, when Mitch Marner send a feed to Matthew Tkachuk, which quickly was sent to Christian Dvorak in front of the net. Like he has all year, Dvorak made no mistake in scoring. "All four lines were good tonight, we used our speed and we scored some goal

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San Jose Sharks' Veteran Core Climbs to New Level Against Blues in WCF

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-05-24

With a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, the San Jose Sharks progressed deeper into the playoffs than any previous edition of the team. This is the Sharks' fourth trip to the Western Conference Final, but it's the first time San Jose has won more than two games. The previous high-water mark for the franchise came in 2004, when it lost in six games to the Calgary Flames. The interesting thing about this version of the Sharks isn't the way it differs from previous iterations. Rather, it is the similarities of the 2015-16 team to past incarnations that make it so compelling. Monday's game provided a good example. The opening goal was credited to defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, a

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Sekera and Fayne

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-05-24

Since last summer, the Oilers have struggled to carve out a solid defence core that contained a balance of skill, size and experience. And heading into the draft and free agency, it’s become apparent to everyone that the OIlers will likely be making a move or two to enhance the blue line and hopefully push for a playoff spot this upcoming season. One thing that has become lost in the discussion is the effectiveness of the Sekera-Fayne pairing this past season and why maintaining that tandem is critical for the Oilers. Sekera and Fayne played over 600 minutes together in 2015/16, the most among all pairings in Edmonton, and averaged over 23% of the team’s total ice time at even-st

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Chiarelli hopes to improve Oilers in a ‘short period of time’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-23

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Monday, taking in the action between the London Knights and Brandon Wheat Kings. During the second intermission, he stopped by Sportsnet’s panel of Jeff Marek, Todd Warriner and Damien Cox where he was asked about his plans for his team’s first pick (fourth overall) at the upcoming NHL Draft. “I’m looking at all options. We’ve got to improve now but there’s some pretty good future players out here and elsewhere,” said Chiarelli. “There’s a lot of chatter going on right now and we’ve got a month and a half to go, so we’ll see what happens, but I have to listen to ev

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