Mock Draft

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

Follow me @IanEsplen for fun, Flames and the NHL Draft Now that the lottery is over and we know the order of the first 13 picks I figured I'd take a stab at another mock draft. Let me know what you think via twitter or the message board.   1- FLORIDA- Aaron Ekblad, D The Panthers have taken a couple high-end forwards the past few years, now it's time to add a leader to the talented defencemen they have. Ekblad will be the pick as this team is always near the top of the NHL in goals against.   2- BUFFALO- Sam Bennett, C Ted Nolan likes gritty guys and that is Bennett to a tee. He gives them a No. 1 centre to lead their rebuild.   3- EDMONTON- Michael Dal

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RE 13-14 SAM GAGNER: THESE DREAMS OF YOU

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-18

There are stumbles, there are elevator shafts and there are falls from great, great heights. A few miles past that comes Sam Gagner’s 2013-14 season. In the history of the Oilers, it is hard to remember a season that failed so completely.  SAM GAGNER 10-11 5×5 points per 60: 1.91 (2nd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 2.51 (9th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 7th toughest among regular forwards Qual Team: 4th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: 7.0 (4th best among regular forwards) (-3.81 CorsiON) Zone Start: 50.9% (6th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 53.4% (best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 138/10.9% (8th among F’s&g

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Kings v. Sharks I: Feeding Frenzy

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

It must be nice to have a hockey team that can pump in five goals in the first two periods before sleep-walking through the rest of the game so nonchalantly. I don't believe the LA Kings are as bad as the team we witnessed Thursday evening, but even before this began I said the team with the more complete roster might not win this. The team that is hungrier and wants it more is going to be victorious. The Sharks did what sharks do during a feeding frenzy. They circled their target. They used size and fear to make the opposition panic. They attacked from every direction, every member of the team at least contributing something. A big hit. A brilliant pass. A snipe. Physical

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Video: Oil Kings set for playoff series against Medicine Hat Tigers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-18

Edmonton Journal sports reporter Alicja Siekierska and Chris O'Leary set up the WHL Eastern Conference final between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers. The first game of the series starts at Rexall place at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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MAKE THE CALL

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-18

Being an Oiler fan means never being completely happy. For many Edmonton fans, the draft has turned from Reinhart versus Ekblad at the top of the draft to Draisaitl versus Bennett at number three. Is there a reason to worry and fret? OF COURSE there is!

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Breaking News: Oilers Young Guns snub Team Canada

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-18

During the last year, Hockey Canada worked hard to recruit a team that would eventually win the Olympic gold medal. This is no thanks to Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, who at no time during the process were even considered as potential roster players for Team Canada. Taylor Hall in particular took the news hard. While the Oilers were brutal in 2013/2014, Hall put up a career high in points 80. And as the season continued, this group of three were playing tremendous hockey. When Hockey Canada announced today the first 20 names to be added to the Team Canada roster for the world championships, the names Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins were all obviously missing. They s

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John MacKinnon: Edmonton Oil Kings mantra — best defence is a good offence

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-18

For defencemen, managing risk and reward once was a simple equation. If you were Bobby Orr, Guy Lapointe or Brad Park, you went ahead, you took chances, you joined the rush. Heck, you led the rush, in Orr’s case.

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Ben Scrivens getting first shot at playing for Canada

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-04-18

Isn’t this interesting? Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Ben Scrivens and the beleagured James Reimer, the one-time Toronto Maple Leafs’ tandem, have answered the bell to be Canada’s world championship goalies barring, say, Stanley Cup winner Corey Crawford becoming available if the Chicago Blackhawks lose their first-round series to the St. Louis Blues. Scrivens, who joins Oilers’ winger David Perron, on the list of 20 players named for the tournament in Minsk, Belarus next month, has never played for Canada. Reimer has worn the Maple Leaf and the maple leaf at the worlds before. Unless a higher profile Canadian goalie is eliminated in the playoffs–Carey Price won

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PRESS RELEASE: Perron and Scrivens named to Team Canada

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-04-18

Hockey Canada announced today Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron and goaltender Ben Scrivens have been named to Team Canada for the 2014 World Hockey Championship, May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus. Perron, 25, appeared in 78 games this season...

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Edmonton Oilers farm team controls destiny in hunt for playoff berth

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-18

Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson pointedly says his team’s playoff prospects looked “pretty grim” two months ago. But if the Edmonton Oilers’ farm club can get three points in two games against the lowly Iowa Wild this weekend, they clinch an American Hockey League post-season berth for a fourth straight year.

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Canada’s World Championship team adds two Edmonton Oilers – but it’s still missing three others

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-17

On Thursday afternoon, Hockey Canada tweeted out a link to the names of the first 20 players on the roster of this year’s World Championships team: #BREAKING – 20 players named to #TeamCanada for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship: http://t.co/2ETApC9d1j pic.twitter.com/MnfVXUnsfE — Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) April 17, 2014 It’s a list that included two Edmonton Oilers, but excluded three others who had been invited to participate. Ben Scrivens will go, and he’ll be reunited with his old netminding partner from Toronto, James Reimer. Scrivens posted a stellar 0.922 save percentage over 40 games this season and stabilized a position that had been a disaster for the O

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OXFORD BLUES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-17

The signing of Dillon Simpson appears imminent, and it’s a big damn deal. If you look at the Oilers depth chart, and ask yourself how they’ll acquire established talent this summer, the answer is trading young defensemen. Dillon Simpson is not an offensive defender but he can move the puck and was employed on the UND power play. Oiler fans should expect more of a ‘defense-first’ type as described in this recent game summary: Dillon Simpson’s final game for North Dakota was one for the ages. He was huge, and I’m not just talking about the two back door plays he broke up. He also blocked two shots, played a ton of minutes, and assisted on Connor Gaarder’s game-t

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