Connor McDavid talks Auston Matthews, lottery stress

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-04-29

Connor McDavid has put words to what was written all over his face a year ago at this time. NHL Draft Lottery night. A talented teenager’s life determined by the number etched on a random ping-pong ball. “It’s not fun. “It’s stressful. “It’s upsetting,” the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick told the Edmonton Sun‘s Terry Jones. “I really feel for (Auston) Matthews, having to go through what I had to go through,” the Edmonton Oilers top centre went on. He spoke to the outlet from Europe, where he’s preparing to defend Canada’s gold at the IIHF World Championship next month. “It was so stressful, not just for myself but for my family.” The tension a

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Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi and the Edmonton Oilers

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-04-29

So here we are again. On the eve of yet another NHL Draft Lottery and wondering out loud if the Edmonton Oilers can have lady luck on their side one more time. While they may not be the favourite to come away from tomorrow evening’s extravaganza as a back-to-back winner, hello Connor McDavid, history tends to suggest the Orange and Blue won’t be leaving Saturday’s festivities empty-handed. Another first overall pick may not be cards but don’t be surprised to see this organization walk away with another top-three pick in their back pocket. .@rayferraroTSN: It’s Matthews at number one and Laine and Puljujarvi won’t catch him https://t.co/bxKr0KHa9s — TSN

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30 Thoughts: When players drop in the draft

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-04-29

Quick reminder: 30 Thoughts usually appears after each round during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sorry, but our producers are slave-drivers. Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins/Washington Capitals series was as good as advertised. Two hard-punching heavyweights standing toe-to-toe, firing away until the final bell. Even with this great entertainment, it was hard to ignore the story of Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil, an offensive tackle at the University of Mississippi, was expected to be a very high selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft. Minutes before the event began, a video of him smoking a bong through a gas mask was posted on his Twitter account. He blamed it on a hack. Sources say: that’s not good.

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE 2016 DRAFT?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-04-29

Peter Chiarelli traded an enormous number of draft picks away last year at the draft. He could afford to in a way—his first-round selection (Connor McDavid) was a guaranteed blue-chip player. Edmonton appears to have used their picks after No. 100 well, but the problems in the system are very real and extremely obvious. The Edmonton Oilers don’t have enough quality prospects—in goal, RHD, LW and RW. That is a fact. I believe the team needs to stand and deliver on many of the picks currently on their draft board. OILERS DRAFT PICKS (PROJECTED) 2016 No. 2 overall No. 32 overall No. 62 overall No. 85 overall (Florida pick) No. 87 overall (Pittsburgh pick) No. 122 overall No. 148 over

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Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month: April 2016

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-04-29

P.K. Subban sings a children’s song, Jaromir Jagr meets his stalkers, and the Edmonton Oilers pull off a brilliant April Fools’ gag. It’s our Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month for April. 10. (North) Stars legend Mike Modano weighs in on the first-round series: No Parise, no Haula, no vanek… No chance — Mike Modano (@9modano) April 15, 2016 9. What P.K. Subban serenades Max Pacioretty with before every morning skate: Loved it as a kid, and still love it now #skinnamarinkchallenge #SLBtriolove @SharonandBram @Casa_Media pic.twitter.com/1FxOskGpAo — P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) April 14, 2016 8. Mr. Game 7K likes: I've avoided you long enough Twitter. Let'

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-04-29

Do the Wings ever consider a new GM, Nazem Kadri and his penalties, Oilers and PK Subban, Canucks draft luck, Flames year end review, Cap strapped teams, round two of playoffs, Jarome Iginla, Mark Giordano, Jake Virtanen, lots of draft talk and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Cult of Hockey: A Jordan Eberle-for-Sami Vatanen does not add up

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-04-29

The Ducks being a budget team would seem to make this trade an iffy one It may well be that the Anaheim Ducks won’t be able to afford Sami Vatanen and have to trade him, but it’s hard to see how he would be traded one-for-one for Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. Anaheim’s impetus for trading Vatanen isn’t that he’s a marginal, decline or plateauing player. He’s only 24, but from 2013-16 he was the 26th top even strength scoring defenceman in the NHL. Te Ducks just lost a disappointing series to the Nashville Predators, but Vatanen and his partner Hampus Lindholm played 23 minutes and looked like the kind of skilled, poised puck-moving tandem that cou

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Western Conference Round Two Preview

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-04-29

Hi, I’m Jason, sometimes known as @AdamsOnOilers, here to preview your second round Western Conference match-ups.  One of the reasons I decided that writing for the Oilers Rig was something that I would be interested in is because I wanted to write for a site that was primarily focused on my beloved (though eternally disappointing) Edmonton Oilers, so it makes perfect sense that my first post at the aforementioned Rig have nothing whatsoever to do with the Oilers. Yes, today I’m writing about something called the ‘playoffs’.  I’m not overly familiar with what this is (apparently, some teams play more than 82 games in a season) and a decade with no Oiler playo

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Looking for Positives from the 2015/16 Season

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-04-29

Recently I’ve been digging into the team’s overall possession numbers, as well as other metrics, trying to find some positive signs from the 2015/16 season. My expectations going into the season were high considering the success Todd McLellan has had in the past when it comes to possession, but those expectations were tempered knowing that the roster had major deficiencies and the amount of injuries the club had to deal with. What I’ve found so far is that even though the team  mustered less than 50% of the total shot attempts at even-strength this past season, the club did remain rather consistent, hovering around 20th place in the league through the whole season. I cons

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Kosmic’s Top Ten NHL Draft Prospects: #1 Patrik Laine

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-04-29

Hey guys! Can you believe that it’s the end of April already? And that in exactly 2 days we will find out just where we stand in the pecking order known as the 2016 NHL Draft. Come on, as a sad fanbase let’s face it, this IS our playoffs. This upcoming weekend will determine a lot for Edmonton. For example, where we land in the draft order is going to decide, I think, whether we trade the pick or use it to draft someone. Personally, I think that if they fall outside of the Top 3 then they will end up trading the pick. Possibly packaging it up with one of their many rumoured wingers/forwards for some top-notch help on the “D”. But that’s just my take on this̷

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