Jones: Banner for an Oilers legend

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-07-27

It took the combination of a couple things to make it happen, but Glen Sather will finally have his banner raised to the rafters in Rexall Place. Two things unlocked the key to Sather’s banner box to finally allow him the chance to go up there with the rest of the Edmonton Oilers glory gang Hockey Hall of Fame members in the arena where it all happened.

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RE 15-16 BENOIT POULIOT: REFUGEE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-27

On the night of 16 March 2015, late first period, Benoit Pouliot received a brilliant pass from Nail Yakupov. He’d already scored earlier, but this moment was special for anyone my age. Yak stopped short at right-side center ice, paused, then sent a perfect tape-to-tape to Pouliot. The big man caught it in stride, beat the blue in a heartbeat and, just inside the faceoff circle, sent a perfect bullet high glove past Jonathan Bernier. Bam! Just like 1975! A goal straight from my youth, and no fluke at all. Benoit Pouliot might have the passport of a mere journeyman, but he’s a helluva hockey player. BENOIT POULIOT 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.79 (6th among regular NYR forwards) 5

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Monday Mailbag - July 27th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-27

Whether you're killing time at work, or sitting on your couch in your Captain America pyjamas, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a little bit of your Monday.  Whether that time killed is company time (preferable), or you're killing time until it's socially acceptable to drink - we don't care - we just care that you're here. Thank you. If you have a question for the mailbag, you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.  Until then, I present to you the masterpiece known as the Mailbag.

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Projecting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 Lineup: Defense

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-27

Although the 2015-16 NHL season does not begin for the better part of two months, excitement and hype surrounding the Oilers is at its highest peak in nearly ten years time, since the Oilers last reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals. The vast majority of this excitement is due to the numerous roster changes made this off-season by new General Manager Peter Chiarelli, most of which have been made in order to upgrade the Oilers’ perpetually poor defense and goaltending. [Related: Projecting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 Lineup: Forwards] Long considered to be the areas of greatest concern for the Edmonton Oilers, multiple personnel changes both on defense and in goal have si

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A troubling signal: Edmonton Oilers snipers almost all cooled off in 2015-26

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-26

Hall, Eberle, Perron, Schultz and Arcobello all regressed when it came to launching dangerous shots Of the top Edmonton Oilers shooters, only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got off more scoring chances shots in 2014-15 than in 2013-14. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, David Perron and Mark Acrobello all had somewhat fewer scoring chances shots, while Nail Yakupov had about the same. In other words, a team full of young, talented attackers didn’t improve on the attack as one might expect from year to year, espeically this early in their NHL careers. It was part of the disappointing series of results that led to the firing of head coach Dallas Eakins in December. Before we got on any dee

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Beer League Heroes Sunday Night Pint

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-26

Welcome to the inaugural Beer League Heroes Sunday Night Pint! What we’re going to attempt to do is dazzle you on weekly basis with our vast VAST knowledge of the Edmonton Oilers in a Q&A format. A hotstove without the hot or the stove. Just dudes sitting around a keyboard, beers in hand. How Much Does Cam Talbot Actually Improve The Goaltending This Fall? Will Cam Talbot really help the Oilers that much? Ryan Robinson (@ryandlace) – Significantly. The sad thing is, Talbot will only need to be average to accomplish that. Scrivens and Fasth don’t exactly leave huge shoes to fill. The good news for the Oilers is that Talbot will have plenty of motivation to excel. He is bein

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FAMOUS ROOKIES OF BAKERSFIELD

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-26

The Oklahoma City Barons saw some outstanding rookies pass through in five seasons but the Bakersfield Condors may get a better single-season crop out of the box. How? Well, there are kids coming from college, junior and Russia who have NHL potential and all of them should play this year in California. BARONS 10-11 ROOKIES C Teemu Hartikainen 66GP, 17-25-42 F Milan Kytnar 78GP, 13-16-29 D Jeff Petry 41GP, 7-17-24 L Phil Cornet 60GP, 7-16-23 C Mark Arcobello 26GP, 11-11-22 C Chris VandeVelde 67GP, 12-4-16 D Colten Teubert 20GP, 2-5-7 Todd Nelson’s first rookie crew did pretty damn well if you ask me—all of them played in the NHL. Jeff Petry (314 NHL games) is a bona fide NHL defense

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DON'T FORGET ABOUT IIRO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-26

Edmonton Oilers fans have fresh new names to discuss this summer and we're all anticipating Connor McDavid's arrival this fall. Added to the gifted incumbents (you know their names) and the grizzled veterans (you know them too, not sure they'd like being called grizzled) there's not much room up front for youth not named Connor or Leon. There might be room for one name, though. His name is Iiro.

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Lander: Long Overdue

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-26

View image | gettyimages.com We often associate Anton Lander with the concept of rushing a prospect along too quickly for his development, but I’m not sure this is entirely fair. Make no mistake, the decision to keep him in the NHL for 56 games in 2011-2012 was reckless and definitely evidence of rushing Lander along, however that one decision is an outlier when it comes to the patience the Oilers have shown to the Swedish Center.

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Todd McLellan could be a little bit more mean, says former player Roenick

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-26

James Leadley Guest post from James Ledley: an assessment of what Todd McLellan brings and doesn’t bring as a coach By James Leadley Special to The Cult of Hockey What will Todd McLellan’s impact on the Oiler’s be? In an offseason of massive change yet again, the Oiler players find themselves with another new coach and fans find themselves asking what will McLellan bring to this team. It’s an intriguing question and one that can’t be answered so clearly. The coach doesn’t have personal advanced stats to review and speculate over. He doesn’t show up on the score sheet yet arguably he might be the key to unlocking better play from all the players. So how to evaluate McLellan?

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Steady Landing?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-26

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 2: DAVID MUSIL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-26

In the days since David Musil was drafted, the Edmonton Oilers have devoted 11 of their 35 picks (31%) to defensemen. The club has also signed myriad free agents (NHL and college) and generally built a long damn list of options. I remember speaking to an NHL scout (eastern team) about Musil, he said that the lack of foot speed would doom the player despite being a smart defender. Musil: “Getting called up to Edmonton and playing my first NHL game was something unbelievable.” Source Musil made it to the NHL for four games during his second pro season and on some level it’s a victory. In an era where speed is king, David Musil is bucking the trend. Make no mistake about his pot

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