RE 13-14 DAVID PERRON: AND IT STONED ME

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-15

David Perron came to Edmonton in exchange for future greats or heartbreaks. He delivered a quality season and was a good soldier. In a season where it’s hard to find a kind word, Perron has universal appeal in Oiler Nation. DAVID PERRON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.93 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 4.03 (4th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp) Qual Team: 9th best teammates among regular forwards (3line linemates) Corsi Rel: 7.0 (3rd best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 45.7 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +2.5 Zone Start: 48.9% (7th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 45.7% (6th best among regular fo

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The Oilers Offseason: Will There Be A Bold Move This Time?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-04-15

Last summer Craig MacTavish talked of bold moves that never happened, should we expect anything different this time around?

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Another Year for Anton Belov?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-15

One of the more difficult players to get a read on this season is Anton Belov. In his first year in North America, the Russian rearguard offered an intriguing mix of ability and error. Should the Edmonton Oilers give him another season to find his way? By EyeIn a lot of ways, Belov is the classic puck-moving European defenceman, but with a twist: instead of being small and fast he’s big and slow. Belov’s strengths are many. He’s relatively poised with the puck, with an ability to make the first pass out of the zone, even under pressure (something he improved on over the course of the year). He has a heavy shot, albeit one that wasn’t used frequently enough. In the defensive zone,

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First round of the playoffs? Puckrant has you covered

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

Rise up, gather round, rock this place to the ground. On Wednesday, the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs finally begin. Regular team bloggers will continue to do their thing, but we also have eight feature writers, each one assigned to cover one series. NHL East Boston vs. Detorit - Blogger: Kelsey Perry-Carlsen. I think this is a four or five game series in Boston's favor, but several others see Detroit as a serious threat. Keep in mind they beat the Bruins three times during the regular season. There's a good chance Kelsey will be wearing her Bruins jersey each and every time she blogs about the series. Tampa Bay vs Montreal - Blogger: Justin Cuthbert This seemed like a logical fit fo

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Top 15 fantasy disappointments of 2013/14

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

As in every fantasy season we find surprises, we also find disappointments.  Sometimes the disappointments are easier to pick out than the surprises, but just as significant.  The way to best be successful in fantasy is to monitor progress and regression from season to season, and to act accordingly.   Below are the 15 most disappointing fantasy players for the 2013/14 season:   Let's start at 15 and climb to the top!   15. Henrik Sedin- the former MVP shared in the same struggles as his twin brother this season, just not to the same extent.  He scored 11 goals and 39 assists for 50 points in 70 games.  The irony is how year after year, whether

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Lucky loser Oilers hoping to hit NHL lottery

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

EDMONTON — The annual NHL draft lottery is for the worst-picture nominees, unlike the Academy awards.

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Carryin’ On: Hockey Lives!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-15

The Edmonton Oilers finished out the season on the weekend and have now cleared out their lockers. Most Oilers’ fans have either checked out many moons ago, have just now aligned their emotional investment with something else, or are now singularly fixated on the draft lottery set to take place Tuesday, 15th of April. But, for those of you bitterly clinging to the actual performance of hockey by players related to the fortunes of the Oilers, hockey does in fact live on. While most of the various leagues around the globe have brought Spring deaths to the Winter hopes of Oilers’ prospects (Oilers prospects have been knocked out of the CHL, NCAA, SHL and KHL), a few soldier on. Who

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Clouts Gets It Wrong: Bruins Edition

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-15

If you frequent this blog, you've probably noticed a couple things. Most of them revolve around the fact that our Dear Leader, Cloutier, is bat crap crazy. Normally, I let this sort of thing slide under the radar, mainly because he leaves the Boston Bruins out of it. But today, he's gone way too far.  Let me make this clear. Loui Eriksson is not going to be an Edmonton Oiler anytime soon. If that happens, I will have Eohan, my pet Leprechaun deliver a pegasus to your castle in Candy Land. Sure, Eriksson hasn't had a stellar year, but it was easy for him to be a superstar in Dallas. Aside from Jamie Benn,  and Jaromir Jagr, there isn't really anyone else on the Stars 2012-2013 r

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Under the new system, Oilers among 14 NHL teams with a shot at the No. 1 draft pick

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-15

In lieu of no longer having Steve Tambellini’s lucky tie to put in play, the Edmonton Oilers have decided to send Scott Howson to the NHL Draft Lottery to bring back a beautiful baby.

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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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