#19 - It’s a Party: Martin Gernat Is In The Top 25

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-27

A look at how Martin Gernat secured a Top 20 spot. The Top 25 Under 25 is a list of the Copper and Blue contributors' evaluations of some of the Oilers most promising young talent. Found in the Top 25 Under 25 are both proven NHL players and prospects at various levels of development. Among the prospects looking to prove themselves is Martin Gernat. Gernat slides into the Top 25 Under 25 in position 19. The lanky 22-year-old Slovak finds his ranking sliding from last year's ranking of 11 to this year's 19. Objectively, the 19th position is probably a more accurate assessment of where Gernat currently ranks in both the Oilers defensive depth charts and developmental readiness. Ben Cu

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Professor Fancystats Presents: Corsi

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-27

Whether you like it or not it's a fact of life in 2015 that analytics, or advanced stats, have started to take hold of the conversation in all circles of hockey. For those of us who are not well versed in anything mathematics related understanding these concepts can seem fairly daunting. But fear not, our old friend Professor Fancystats is here to help guide you into the exciting world of hockey statistics! Our first post in an on-going series will talk about all things Corsi. Please enjoy and we hope this helps you get a better understanding of how these statistics work, and make you sound smarter at dinner parties or work functions!  

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Oilers Predictions Part 2 – The Defense

Source: OilerHockey
Date: 2015-08-27

I talked about the forward group for 2015 here. The Oilers have 10 Defencemen who I believe will be in contention to make the team out of training camp and there will be some upset fans when the team decides to send players to the minors even though they may have outplayed veterans in training camp. The candidates are: Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Mark Fayne, Justin Shultz, Eric Gryba, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ferrence, Griffin Reinhart, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson. It will not surprise me in the least if any of Nurse, Reinhart or Davidson outplay Ferrence or Nikitin in training camp but unless there are men going on the injury reserved list I will be shocked if any of the three make t

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Iiro Pakarinen is NHL-ready, but his waiver status may work against winning a job with the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-27

2015 Edmonton Oilers Prospects: No. 8 Iiro Pakarinen Previously: No. 21 overall in the 2014 ranking Iiro Pakarinen joined the Edmonton Oilers organization in the summer of 2014 as a free agent, three seasons after being a late draft pick of the Florida Panthers and a year after that team declined to sign him. Between being let go by Florida and signing with Edmonton, Pakarinen had a breakout 20-goal, 30-point season over 60 games in Finland’s top league and caught the eye of Oilers’ scout Matti Virmanen: Oilers Finnish Scout Matti Virmanen pushed hard for Pakarinen who played for the Silver Medal winning Finns and their GM Jari Kurri at WHC — Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) June 16, 2014

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SCOUT'S HONOR

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-26

The Edmonton Oilers have had a busy summer. Peter Chiarelli's appointment as the team's GM signaled change and we saw plenty in the weeks after he was hired. We should expect more and there are signs the scouting staff shuffle continues.

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Oilers free-agent acquistion’s calling card is his versatility

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-08-26

Mark Letestu has a place to live — a five-bedroom house on the south side — but now he has to find his place on the Edmonton Oilers’ roster and put down some roots. It may be difficult to pigeon-hole Letestu, though. He’s a Swiss Army Knife as a player.

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#20 - Dillon Simpson

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-26

He slid down the rankings from last year, but he's holding on. Dillon Simpson comes in ranked 20th in this years Top 25 Under 25. C&B Rankings: Ben Curtis Jeff Matt Ryan Scott Shona Sunil Zsolt Zach 22 23 18 23 21 25 15 25 17 21 Last years rank: 14 Who is Dillon Simpson? As a 2011 fourth round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Simpson comes from a strong hockey background with his father being none other than Oilers Alumi Craig Simpson. During his time in the NCAA, Simpson was once named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First All-Star Team in 2013-2014, twice named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2011-20

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The Condors Defence

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-26

More than Half of the defensive corps for the 2015-16 edition of the Bakersfield Condors is pretty well set in stone.

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2:35 FROM LAX TO BAKERSFIELD

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-26

I have no plans to go but good lord that could change. The Bakersfield Condors are going to have an enormous amount of young talent opening night. If the Oilers keep all of their veterans on blue (Sekera, Fayne, Nikitin, Ference, Klefbom, Schultz, Gryba) we’re going to see a big part of Edmonton’s future in California opening night. OPENING NIGHT 2014-15 L1—Ryan Hamilton-Jason Williams-Tyler Pitlick L2—Iiro Pakarinen—Anton Lander—Andrew Miller L3—Kale Kessy-Jujhar Khaira-Matt Ford L4—Mitch Moroz-Bogdan Yakimov-Steve Pinizzotto D1—Keith Aulie-David Musil D2—Martin Marincin-Martin Gernat D3—Jordan Oesterle-Dillon Simpson G1—Richard Bachman (Laurent Brossoit) F

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AHL Logo Ranking: No. 18 – Bakersfield Condors

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-26

(The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.) The Bakersfield Condors have lived up to their billing as one of the most fun teams in all of professional hockey over the past few seasons, but the on-ice product hasn’t exactly been as successful. That could all change with 2015-16’s jump to the AHL, however. In the four years prior to 2015-16, the Condors were an ECHL club of the same name and only made the playo

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Ex-NHLer Gusev hit with doping ban in Russia

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

MOSCOW — A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in the latest doping case to hit Russian hockey. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified "breach of anti-doping rules." Gusev’s ban is backdated to March 23, the same month as he played in the first round of the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The 40-year-old Gusev started his professional career in 1992. He spent four seasons in the NHL between 1997 and 2001, first in Dallas and then in

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Best #NationalDogDay photos from NHL players

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

Wednesday is #NationalDogDay, and the NHL is celebrating. via GIPHY And, seeing as it’s the, um, dog days of the NHL off-season (sorry), we thought we’d gather some of our favourite photos of NHLers and their beloved four-legged friends. Happy #NationalDogDay, NHL! Here’s Ryan Johansen and his (totally unimpressed) dog. #NationalDogDay #CBJ pic.twitter.com/Z6hq0PnaVm — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) August 26, 2015 It’s #NationalDogDay times two in Columbus. #NationalDogDay #CBJ pic.twitter.com/NfuxMd4Jhi — CBJ Foundation (@CBJfoundation) August 26, 2015 Glamour shot. National Dog Day!!! #soph #chili #legends pic.twitter.com/tiLVDyKqRv —

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