Cult of Hockey: Give the Edmonton Oilers a collective ‘D’ on report card

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-15

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have hard choices to make if the team is to improve next year, including when it comes to various players. Who should stay? Who should go? A good place to start is the performance of each player this year, starting with their player grade. You’ll note that not one player is graded as an ‘A’ and there are plenty of ‘D’ and ‘F’ grades. That’s because this is a ‘D’ team, and the grades should average out to that level.

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Oilers’ Gagner: ‘I know it’s not good enough’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-15

EDMONTON — He was last seen making his way off the ice at Rexall Place with the help of a teammate and the trainer — certainly not the way Sam Gagner had wanted his season to end. Then again, there wasn’t much about his season that went right, starting with the broken jaw he was left with in the pre-season after the Vancouver Canucks’ Zack Kassian planted a stick in his face.

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Smyth isn't the only Ryan not returning

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-14

A certain fellow named Ryan may have played his last game as an Oiler on Saturday, April 12, but he wasn't the only Ryan that won't be back come fall. In an article by The Edmonton Journal's Joanne Ireland, Ryan Jones indicated that on no uncertain terms, his tenure with the Oilers was over. Jones has been a member of the Oilers club since the 2009-10 season. He was an undrafted Jr. B player who eventually earned a spot with the Nashville Predators after four seasons at Miami University (Ohio) and a short stint with the Houston Aeros of the AHL. Jones went from zero to hero when he scored 18 goals in 2010-11, followed up by 17 goals in 2011-12, including a hat trick against the Columbus

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ASK LT!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-14

We’re starting a new feature here at the blog, ask LT! I have NO idea what I’m talking about, but that’s never stopped my wife from asking me 1000 questions a day! If the Oilers draft fourth, who do they take? I think the Oilers have the top of their draft list set as follows: Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett. I suspect they like Jake Virtanen and Nikolai Ehlers a lot too, but MacT will want to draft a center or defenseman. If they fall to fourth, and all but Bennett are available, they could trade down. Edmonton doesn’t have a second or third round pick, it’s possible they trade their first rounder for a top 10 pick and a second round s

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Ben Scrivens and Taylor Hall get top marks on final report card for Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-14

The Edmonton Oilers have some hard choices to make if the team is to improve  next year, including when it comes to various players. Who should stay? Who should go? A good place to start is the performance of each player this year, starting with their player grade. You’ll note that not one player is graded as an “A” and there are plenty of “D” and “F” grades. That’s because this is a “D” team, and the grades should average out somewhere around a “D.” Any player under the grade of “D” should be on the “move” list. Ben Scrivens, B+. A leader, who stood up for teammates in fights, stood up for the s

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EAKINS: VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-14

Like it or not, Dallas Eakins will be back for a second season as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers despite some well-documented bumps in the road during his rookie campaign as an NHL bench boss. That much we know.

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Ask Matty: Don’t expect Oilers to get hot for Trotz

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-14

Q: The Oilers have to hire Barry Trotz. That’s exactly what we need — a veteran coach that actually knows how to coach in the NHL? (@OilersmanDennis via Twitter)

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Edmonton Oilers 2013-2014 season positives

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-04-14

The Edmonton Oilers played game 82 of yet another dreadful season Saturday where fans got to say good-bye to heart and soul player Ryan Smyth.  It was nice to see the team end its year on a positive note instead of losing in a drubbing like so many other nights this past season.  As usual most fans [...] The post Edmonton Oilers 2013-2014 season positives appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Monday Mailbag - April 14th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-14

Pull up a chair, stop pretending to work and let's get to learning. It's time for our weekly tradition of taking your questions and throwing them out to our writers to get their feedback. If you want to submit a question, email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Be sure to include your Twitter handle (if you have one) for your 13 seconds of Internet stardom! Enjoy...

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The Carlyle Effect

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-14

One of the biggest changes in my views as I’ve gotten deeper into looking at hockey through a number lens is my belief in the impact of coaching. I was initially a skeptic on the value of coaching. I still am, to a degree. In many cases, I think that that which we attribute to [...]

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Last Call for the Nation Charity Playoff Pool

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-14

Playoffs? We're talking playoffs... Playoff pools to be specific.

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Who would you rather see coach the Oilers: Barry Trotz or Dallas Eakins?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-14

In the Edmonton Journal’s on-line poll of Oilers fans — which had a massive sample size — most fans were content to give head coach Dallas Eakins another shot running the team, despite the team’s 28th place finish. Support for head coach Dallas Eakins seems fairly solid,” wrote Journal sports editor Craig Ellingson. In total, 8,575 people took the poll, with 4,428 saying Eakins should get more time, 3,099 saying he should be fired, and 1,048 unsure. I was one of the 4,428 voted to give Eakins more time. He’s had a good record in the AHL, he’s got some NHL experience in Toronto, he’s got a year now in Edmonton, and he will only get better next

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