WHO IS THE BEST GOALIE IN THE 2016 DRAFT?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

As much as we love hockey, sussing out goalies and their ability to stop the puck is a mystery to pretty much everyone. If you skim over past drafts trying to find successful patterns, the reasonable conclusion is for your favorite team to 'get lucky' and count it as a skill. Let's look at last year's projections and figure out this season.

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North By NorthGretz Podcast - Ball Water

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

This week the boys are joined by special guest, Instagram mega-star Allison Currie! Alley and the boys talk about eating frozen hot dogs, the Kassian re-signing, call-out various small towns in the greater Sturgeon County area, and Allison talks about her night with The Great One and awkward moments in the Rexall visitors room!Next up it’s the debut of a new game, “Pornhub or Twitter Comment”, before another life affirming round of Ask The Idiots. 

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Russian coach slams Yakupov, says his absence helped Russia medal at World Championship

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-05-23

Life in Edmonton hasn’t been easy on winger Nail Yakupov over the past few seasons, and he can’t even catch a break at home in Russia. Following Russia’s 7-2 thumping of Team USA in the bronze medal game at the World Championship, Russian coach Oleg Znarok let it be known that Yakupov’s absence from the team didn’t have any impact on the nation’s inability to capture its first gold medal at the tournament since 2014. In fact, Znarok said the lack of Yakupov on the Russian roster was beneficial to the team, calling it “addition by subtraction,” according to Slava Malamud. That’s an unpleasant way for a national team coach to describe one of his potential players and almost a

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Cult of Hockey: Justin Schultz steps up in Pittsburgh, but he needed a change

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-23

Schultz’s fail in Edmonton was also the team’s fail. Can they avoid same with Nurse?  Justin Schultz has been getting some positive reviews in Pittsburgh, having stepped into the Pittsburgh line-up in the Stanley Cup playoffs due to injury. For example, ESPN columnist Scott Burnside recently wrote of Schultz: “Redemption doesn’t always come in a big box with shiny paper and a bow. Sometimes, redemption is delivered piecemeal, in dribs and drabs. That doesn’t make it any less delicious or meaningful. Ask Justin Schultz, who has gone from favorite whipping boy of Edmonton Oilers fans and the poster boy for unfulfilled expectations to being not just

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Because It's The Cap: Edmonton Oilers

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

Embed from Getty Images Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.It’s pretty easy to look at the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 season and say it was a complete disaster. I mean, you wouldn’t be wrong to view it that way, considering the fact they finished second last in the league standings and allowed their playoff drought to reach a decade in length. Their 31 wins are barely an improvement from all the way back in the 2009-10 season when they had 27, which is whe

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HURT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-23

These evenings lately feature a former Oiler on most every channel. Kyle Brodziak—sent away because he lacked grit—doing yeoman’s work for the St. Louis Blues. Oilers sent him away eight summers ago and he is still playing in the NHL. I remember Brodziak well as a player, he improved his skating enormously and was the talk of training camp 2007—he effectively passed all of the other prospects in a summer—and arrived as an NHLer. When you send away a perfectly useful roster player for 10 cents on the dollar, you suffer, and that’s for sure. Russian coach Oleg Znarok calls Yakupov's absence at the Worlds "addition by subtraction." #Oilers — Slava Malamud

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Off-Season Targets: Troy Brouwer

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-23

The Edmonton Oilers are going to have to fill a hole on the right wing this off-season. With Nail Yakupov almost certain to be traded, Edmonton needs another functional body at that position. Leon Draisaitl is a candidate to move over from center, but Edmonton likely needs more than that. Peter Chiarelli is looking for bigger bodies and heavier players, so perhaps a two birds with one stone move is in order here. Troy Brouwer, currently lighting up the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the St. Louis Blues, is a perfect candidate. Why Is He Out There?: The Blues, regardless of what happens this postseason, will have some decisions to make this summer. The team is likely to re-sign captain David Backe

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Sekera and Fayne

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-23

Looking into the Oilers' number one defence pair from last season. Since last summer, the Oilers have struggled to carve out a solid defence core that contained a balance of skill, size and experience. And heading into the draft and free agency, it's become apparent to everyone that the OIlers will likely be making a move or two to enhance the blue line and hopefully push for a playoff spot this upcoming season. One thing that has become lost in the discussion is the effectiveness of the Sekera-Fayne pairing this past season and why maintaining that tandem is critical for the Oilers. Sekera and Fayne played over 600 minutes together in 2015/16, the most among all pairings in Edmonton,

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Monday Mailbag - Nuge or Draisaitl?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-23

My friends, it's that time of the week where our panel of geniuses writers answer your questions in an attempt to explain a little bit about hockey and this universe we live in. For most of us, having Monday off means we can sleep in, enjoy a few AM beers, and (maybe) do something productive if the cards fall that way. I dedicate this mailbag to those of you that have to work today, and hope that these 3000 words of questionable knowledge can help you kill off even a little bit of company time. Gord speed, working citizens. We're all pulling for you.

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Memorial Cup: Rebels top line of Helewka, Philp and DeBrusk lead the Host squad to a 5-2 victory over the Huskies

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-05-23

Jake DeBrusk celebrates with fans after a goal against the Huskies in the Memorial Cup’s third game. Rob Wallator/CHL Images Unlike their game Friday night against the London Knights, the Red Deer Rebels started the Memorial Cup game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies nervously. It didn’t help early on when Rebel got called for a very weak cross-checking penalty. Timo Meier made them pay, scoring his 3rd goal in just two games. Following the second goal, Rebels Head Coach Brent Sutter called a timeout. “I told them that I loved them,” said Sutter. “And I told them that if they went out and won the game I’d love ’em even moreWe killed the penalty righ

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