Jordan Eberle is now the Oilers' senior citizen

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-22

When asked how many coaches Jordan Eberle had played for in what is now his seventh NHL season, he shrugged. Math isn’t his best subject. “I’m not sure,” said Eberle, now the longest-serving Edmonton Oilers’ player with 425 games and seven years. He’s not an old man, only 26, but he’s played for Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and Todd McLellan, and had three GM’s—Steve Tambellini, Craig MacTavish and Peter Chiarelli. The only thing that hasn’t changed his number 14. “It is funny to think of that (senior citizen), going back to my first training camp when Taylor (Hall) and I were there,” said Eberle, who’ll almost surely will be

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Milan Lucic ready to change Oilers losing culture

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-09-22

Milan Lucic isn’t just here to change how the Edmonton Oilers look on the ice, he’s here to reinvent the culture in a dressing room that has known nothing but timid failure for 10 brutal seasons.

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Canada focused on its own game ahead of World Cup semifinal

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-22

TORONTO — One by one, the Canadian players strolled into the media room at Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for an off-day availability at the World Cup of Hockey. The team’s semifinal opponent had yet to be confirmed so questions and answers were broad in nature. There was talk about the process, doing the little things right, and sticking to what has worked in three straight round-robin victories. The Canadians have been playing so well in this tournament, it really seems like it’s up to the opposition — it was determined later in the day it would be Russia— to figure out a way to beat them rather than the opposite. That went unsaid Thursday, but the nu

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Oscar Klefbom is thrilled his infected foot is finally healthy

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-09-22

Before we talk about Edmonton Oilers’ defenceman Oscar Klefbom’s gruesome foot infection from last season that knocked him out of the final 52 games, the team’s possible No. 1 blue liner would like to set the record straight about Taylor Hall.

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Milan Lucic ready to change Oilers losing culture

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-22

Milan Lucic isn’t just here to change how the Edmonton Oilers look on the ice, he’s here to reinvent the culture in a dressing room that has known nothing but timid failure for 10 brutal seasons. It is a massive project that proved too much for a long line of very good players, coaches and general managers, but this time they might have finally found a presence big enough to complete the job. “He doesn’t really accept anything but winning,” said forward Kris Versteeg, who’s played both with and against the 233-pound winger and marvels at his competitive edge. “He just knows how to win. Playing with him and knowing him for a long time, he won’t take it any other way. He’s a

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Young Oil Kings eager to impress going into season-opening weekend

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-22

There is a feeling of uncertainty with the Edmonton Oil Kings heading into their WHL season-opening weekend. But also a sense of excitement. It is tough to predict what a young group will bring to the table and the Oil Kings go into the season with a number of fresh faces as the remnants of their 2014 Memorial Cup championship team is reduced to just three overage players. The Oil Kings open their 2016-2017 season Friday, on the road, against the Red Deer Rebels, then christen Rogers Place as a hockey venue Saturday in the second game of the back-to-back series with last year’s Memorial Cup hosts. “We have a real young, hungry group,” said Oil Kings assistant coach Ryan Marsh. “As fa

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Oscar Klefbom is thrilled his infected foot is finally healthy

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-22

Before we talk about Edmonton Oilers’ defenceman Oscar Klefbom’s gruesome foot infection from last season that knocked him out of the final 52 games, the team’s possible No. 1 blue liner would like to set the record straight about Taylor Hall. He seemed to put that left foot in his mouth after the July Hall for Adam Larsson trade when he was quoted back in Sweden as saying Hall never played his best games against the tougher teams, which they needed and was fantastic against the inferior ones. Klefbom, 23, who wouldn’t say spit if his mouth was full of it (he has a perpetually sunny disposition), was aghast at how it became a firestorm on twitter and blogs. What he said got twisted a

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Team North America gone but won’t be soon forgotten

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-22

TORONTO — It is over for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Perhaps forever, perhaps only for a quadrennial. But this much we are certain about: no team ever impacted the hockey world in three games the way these guys did. “It was must-watch hockey,” said Ken Hitchcock, over the phone from St. Louis. “Every time you watched them, all you could think of was the Edmonton Oilers of the ‘80s.” Those Oilers were the highest scoring team in the history of the National Hockey League, to the tune of 400-plus goals per season. If Glen Sather’s Oilers weren’t the most exciting team to ever play the game of hockey, they were one of the candidates. That any team in 2016 even

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NHL vets loved watching Team North America at World Cup

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-22

Ask anyone who loves hockey: The Team North America ride is over far too soon, but it was fun while it lasted. Even hardened NHL veterans couldn’t help but get caught up in the speed and flair the 23-and-under team brought to the World Cup of Hockey. “It’s been really fun and enjoyable to watch Team North America play,” said Oilers winger Milan Lucic. “That last game (OT win over Sweden) was great for hockey. “Seeing those young guys out there doing what they’re doing, trying to prove themselves as individuals and prove themselves as a team that can be competitive in a best-on-best tournament has been really fun to watch. “They’ll get a pat on the back from the whole hockey

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SNIPERS AND PLUMBERS, AND DO THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-09-22

NHL teams will finalize their rosters over the next three weeks, before the long season begins and the 30 clubs separate themselves in the standings. The Oilers are a stronger group this year, picked to finish well by the team at this betting analysis site. Back a decade or so, the common discussion on this blog surrounded two center prospects, Marc Pouliot and Rob Schremp. I was a Pouliot man, and people would often call me out on my love for MAP, but I would always counter with the same retort: They were not applying for the same job, not ever. Schremp was always going to be on a scoring line (if he made the grade), while Pouliot was going to be playing a two-way role. Come to find out tha

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