Cult of Hockey: Marincin has potential for a top Oilers’ blue-line job

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-26

There’s much hope vested in Edmonton Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin, but what can be reasonably expected from the 22-year-old in his second National Hockey League season? If Oilers coach Dallas Eakins asks too much of Marincin, as he did at times last year, it could mean trouble for both Marincin and the team.

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THE BIG MAN KHAIRA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-25

Jujhar Khaira turned 20 a couple of weeks ago, and is 6.03, 210 according to the AHL’s website. As we continue our look at training camp and players who could emerge in new roles, I’ve been thinking about Khaira as that ‘tough zone start’ winger for Boyd Gordon’s line. It’s an area of need, and Khaira is already physically strong enough to compete at the pro level. I’ve suggested in several posts the worry about Khaira will be offensive. If he were to fill that defensive role with Gordon (and perhaps Matt Hendricks), offense wouldn’t be a massive issue. It’s also important to place the offensive abilities of the young man into perspective

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-25

No matter how you spin it, Sam Gagner had a putrid season with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013-14 with a career-low 37 points before being shown the door – to the delight of many – and ending up with the Arizona Coyotes via a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Polar AC: Possession, Zone Starts and Icings

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-25

About a month ago, while staring at strong possession teams and trying to figure out why some had counter-intuitively poor zone start numbers, I struck upon a remarkable coincidence between zone starts and icings. I haven’t had a chance to more fully explore this coincidence, so this piece will basically serve as a hub for all the information I can gather on the topic in the hopes of discovering more answers in the future. The Elements 1. Possession Let’s establish a graph of the 30 NHL teams ordered according to possession (here, I’ll use Fenwick For Close Percentage): Now, my expectation is that a team’s zone starts (the percentage of a team’s faceoffs taken

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The Oilers should not count on Martin Marincin in a top-pairing role this year

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-25

When the young defender was asked to do way too much last year, both he and Jeff Petry suffered for it  There’s much hope vested in Edmonton Oilers d-man Martin Marincin, and while the young player’s game fell apart to some extent in the final leg of his rookie season, it’s easy to see why many observers expect he’ll make the Oilers this year and contribute in a big way. But just what can we reasonably expect from Marincin in his second season? If Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins asks too much — as he did at times last year — that could mean trouble both for Marincin and the Oilers. There’s much to recommend about the game of the 22-year-old. He’s

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Monday Mailbag - August 25th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-25

Here comes your weekly chance to skip out on doing anything work related on Monday mornings - it's the mailbag. As always, you guys drive this segment, and I need your questions to make it work.  If you've got a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com.  Sit back, grab a coffee, and put off any actual work items that you have to do - it's time to learn something.Enjoy.

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RANDOM REFRESHED THOUGHTS...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-25

Fresh off a two-week holiday, with the dog days of August behind us and rookie camps and main camps just around the corner, I feel energized and excited as we enter one of the best stretches in the sporting calendar.

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Clog in the Defensive Pipeline

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-08-25

For a few years now we've heardabout how the Defenceman Shelf in the Oilers Prospect Store is stocked full. Well as much talent and potential as there appears to be, I feel like there is a very real and apparent problem.

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-25

When it comes to assessing pure offensive ability for prospects, it’s important to let all of the air out of their tires. We do that by Desjardins or Vollman NHLE, but we can also help ourselves by looking at even strength offense. There’s no way to pad the stats, even strength goals are the toughest thing on the ice surface to come by, even for the great ones. Here’s a look at even strength offense for top draftee forwards 2007-13. 2009-10 Taylor Hall 57, 22-33-55 (.965) 2011-12 Nail Yakupov 42, 18-22-40 (.952) 2013-14 Leon Draisaitl 64, 22-37-59 (.922) 2006-07 Sam Gagner 53, 14-33-47 (.887) 2010-11 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 69, 20-27-47 (.681) 2009-10 Ryan Martindale 61, 13-28-41 (.672) 2

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Meet The Blogger – Jeff Chapman

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-25

This morning I’ll introduce you to Jeff Chapman, blogger at Copper and Blue. Jeff and I go way back to the days when he was the head editor at OilonWhyte, when I started writing I received a lot of encouragement, tips and suggestions from him. In fact you all sort of have Jeff to blame for the fact that I am still writing. Let’s get to it; When did you start writing about hockey? What got you into it? I wrote the occasional blurb throughout the 2000s, but I really started writing about the Oilers in 2006 during the improbable Cup run.   I started up a Blogger.com site and hockey was one of the topics I yammered on about.  Soon, it became the only thing I yammered on about.     Are th

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Tyler Pitlick is at a crossroads, and must win an NHL job with the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-25

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Tyler Pitlick It isn’t an overstatement to say that the Oilers’ fall 2014 training camp may very well be the most pivotal single moment in Tyler Pitlick’s career. That was never the plan, of course. Pitlick came to the Oilers in the 2010 Draft, an 11-pick monstrosity that was supposed to revitalize Edmonton with both elite talent (in the form of Taylor Hall) and a capable supporting cast led by Pitlick, who as the No. 31 selection was *this* close to being a first-rounder himself. The expectation was that Pitlick might evolve into a No. 2/3 centre, a key young forward on the revitalized Oilers. Instead, Pitlick’s professional career has been stalled by

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME (WATER FLOWING UNDERGROUND)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-24

Based on the verbal we’ve heard from Craig MacTavish in the last 16 months, the Edmonton Oilers defense is going to be big, mobile, physical, able to make quick decisions and pass the puck expertly. They won’t necessarily be offensive players—Justin Schultz aside—but will have a wide range of skills. Among current prospects and roster players, it seems to me the description by MacTavish most closely resembles Darnell Nurse. Get ready for meaty, beaty, big and bouncy. MACTAVISH “He gives us an element we’re sorely lacking. He’s a guy who, over time, if we’re patient with him, is going to provide us with toughness. He’s a guy that will ride shotgun for a lot of our

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