Oilers add Rocky Thompson to Coaching Staff

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-07-16

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have appointed Rocky Thompson as an Assistant Coach. Thompson, 36, joins the Oilers after spending the past four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Okla...

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THE FOURTH ROUND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-16

By the fourth round, we’re looking at about a 16% chance of seeing an NHL player. You’d have to pile six picks one on top of another to ensure one player arrives on your doorstep, which makes the fourth round the first truly ‘looking under rocks’ spot in the draft. Not quite needle in a haystack, but we’re getting there. Johan Motin A PROPOSAL Scott Cullen of TSN estimated the success rate (100 NHL games or more) to be 16% back in 2009. Let’s also use 150 games as the line in the sand, as we’ve done through each round. OILERS FOURTH ROUND 2008-2014 That set, let’s move on to the Oilers during the MacGregor era (2008-2013). We’re looking at one in six

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THE LEFTOVERS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-16

There's been much written and discussed in recent weeks about GM Craig MacTavish's failure to address his lack of depth at centre with the Edmonton Oilers. That's unlikely to change until he adds a proven pivot because it's an obvious deficiency.

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Between or Beyond: The Curious Case of Grebeshkov’s Final NHL Season

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-16

A number of days ago, Lowetide opened up an interesting can of worms. “Looking back, I really wonder about Belov and Grebeshkov. I know you won’t believe me, but their numbers have a story to tell and one wonders if there was an opportunity missed there. Shows to go, that when you have so many moving parts it’s very easy to lose some good things in your life along the way.” I’ll set aside the question of Belov for the moment (as far as missed opportunities go, he presents a much more clear cut case), as I want to focus on the fate of Denis Grebeshkov’s 2013-14 Oilers’ season. Grebeshkov played only 7 games as an Oiler in 2013-14 (and only 39 AHL games with the Barons). In th

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Dog days of summer meet reality

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-16

July 15th begins a long six-week stretch for hockey fans. The euphoria of the draft and free agency has subsided and now many start to dissect how their team's roster looks like. It is obvious the Oilers are light on proven NHL centres, but are you so desperate to add another centre that Derek Roy's signing in Nashville upsets you?

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UFA Bargain Bin — Does forward Daniel Winnik bring what Edmonton Oilers need?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-16

It’s two weeks since “Free Agent Frenzy” kicked off a wave of signings across the National Hockey League. After that initial tsunami — more than half a billion dollars were committed on July 1 alone — things gradually slowed down to a relative trickle. Slowly but surely the list of available and potentially useful UFAs is getting whittled down. In the last few days Steve Ott re-signed with the Blues, Brenden Morrow signed on with the Lightning, David Moss re-upped with the Coyotes, and both Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy hooked up with the Preds. All took a haircut on established pay rates, some of them significant ones: Moss for example saw his salary slashed from

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LOST DRIVE-IN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-16

The road from 2010′s draft to the dual signing of Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton yesterday has been long and unimpressive. The two players began their time in the Oilers organization with some promise, but their first three years in pro hockey were not inspiring. CURTIS HAMILTON BACKGROUND Kirk Luedeke, Bruins 2010 Draft Watch: Curtis Hamilton of the Saskatoon Blades suffered a nightmare, injury-plagued season with two collarbone breaks, the second of which ended his season just after the new year. Considered a wide-bodied winger with solid skills (OK skater, good shot, has a nose for the net) if not a high-end package of hockey tools, Hamilton is one of those guys who will drop be

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2008-09 Springfield Falcons: Five Years Later

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-16

On Tuesday we glanced backward at the forwards of the 2008-09 Springfield Falcons, looking to identify how much future value the Oilers had stashed away on a largely inept team. The stars of the forward group were Gilbert Brule and Colin McDonald. Did the team fare any better in net or on defence?

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Massive burden falling on slender shoulders of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but the kid is a good bet to thrive

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-16

To compete for playoffs, Edmonton Oilers will need Nugent-Hopkins to start playing peak hockey It is only if you squint very hard through darkly-coloured Copper and Blue-tinted glasses, you can see things working out for the Edmonton Oilers at the centre position for the 2014-15 season. The rosy but unlikely scenario? Leon Draisaitl will have to come in as an 18-year old and perform as well as a two-way player as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did as an 18-year-old in 2011-12. Veteran checker Boyd Gordon will have to stay healthy and productive facing a steady dose of tough competition and tough defensive zone faceoffs. Mark Arcobello will have to play as well on a secondary scoring line as he did for

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Edmonton Oilers re-sign three restricted free agents, but how critical are any of them to the team’s fortunes?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-16

The Edmonton Oilers were busy on Tuesday, signing three different restricted free agents to new one-year contracts. The first deal was with Andrew Miller, the undrafted college free agent who the team signed last summer: While the announcement lists Miller as a centre, in actuality he spent virtually the entirety of his first AHL campaign on right wing. Miller, who at 25 is a little long in the tooth for a rookie pro, needed to have an impactful debut season in the minors but only gets mixed reviews. He performed well in a sheltered role in terms of on-ice shot numbers but early on struggled to score despite excellent speed and playmaking vision. In that regard, though, there was a hopeful

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Center Search – Kyle Brodziak

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-16

We’ve looked at Brooks Laich, Artem Anisimov and Alex Burmistrov as options for the Edmonton Oilers to fill their vacant second line center spot. That’s only three options however, and the Oilers will need to have a list a little longer than that. Former Oiler Kyle Brodziak is not a sexy name or even close to an ideal target, but he may be on the market and may be a decent stop-gap option for the team moving forward. The Contract: Brodziak is entering a contract year and will earn 2.833 M against the salary cap. He’s a guy that comes in with a relatively low cap hit and would only be a one-year stop gap option at worst. This would give the Oilers flexibility to either bring

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2014 NHL Draft: Carolina Hurricanes draft review

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-07-16

Photo: The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fleury was the second defensemen selected in 2014. (courtesy Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)   It is a new era in the Carolina Hurricanes front office. The only general manager Raleigh had ever known, Jim Rutherford, “retired” then took the same job in Pittsburgh, leaving his understudy, former player Ron Francis, on his own for his first NHL Draft. Many have wondered since Francis’ promotion if the team’s operations would mirror those under Rutherford or be reborn under its new GM. If the results from the 2014 NHL Draft are indication, some things will cha

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