Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Good morning everyone, here are the links. Jeff points out that there is less than two weeks until the draft lottery on April 28th. I’m really hoping we get a high pick. (Copper&Blue) Jonathan WIllis tracks the progress of our prospects. The Major Improvements list features Ethan Bear and Kailer Yamamoto. Also, most of our really good prospects have been taken in the past 2 years. This is why we should not trade that top pick unless Erik Karlsson is coming back. Peter Chiarelli and his

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-04-17

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Off-Season Targets: Anton Khudobin

Off-Season Targets: Anton Khudobin

When Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli gave his year end press briefing, he mentioned goaltending as an area of concern moving forward. The team believes, rightfully so, in Cam Talbot as their starter. It’s not apparent that the team believes in Al Montoya, the backup goaltender acquired in January. The thought process is that the club will need a goalie who can not only spell Talbot and play 20-25 games in a season, but also push the veteran in a contract year. Luckily for the Oilers, there

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2018-04-17

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RFA Profile: Ryan Strome gave the Oilers what they should have expected

Ryan Strome was thrown into an unenviable situation this year. After back-to-back disappointing, sub 40-point seasons with the New York Islanders, Strome was sent to Edmonton in a deal for Jordan Eberle. The trade was one-for-one. No matter what, whether it was fair or not, Strome was forever going to be linked to the player he was swapped for. Strome’s expectation pivoted from being a fifth overall pick of the Islanders to being the guy we got for Eberle. I don’t fault Strome for being t

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-17

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Cheer for Taylor Hall in the playoffs? Not this Oiler fan, not in this lifetime

Cheer for Taylor Hall in the playoffs? Not this Oiler fan, not in this lifetime

It’s been two years since Taylor Hall was an Edmonton Oiler but he still gets our blood boiling.  We’re a divided bunch, we Oilers fans, some of us rooting for Hall and the New Jersey Devils, others hoping both Hall and his new team to fail, and many others wishing this entire loud and sometimes ugly debate would go away. I’m not in that large group that roots for Hall, though I can see why some Oilers fans would do so. First, many of them loved Hall as an Oilers player, they hated the H

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-04-17

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Real Life Podcast Episode 69 – Insta beef, Draisaitl, and Puljujarvi hitchin’ a ride

This week on the Real Life Podcast, the boys were all over the map with segments ranging from Leon Draisaitl, to Red Wine Summits, to Instagram beef, and everything in between. Needless to say, you’re going to want to spend an hour listening to this episode. With Wanye and Baggedmilk pledging to not watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs until the Oilers are back in contention, both guys are filling their time with bizarre time wasters, including keeping themselves up to date on the beef between Bhad

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-17

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Oilers Upper Hierarchy Needs to be Better

Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers on June 18th, 2008. Under his watch, the Oilers have been the worst team in the NHL. They have missed the playoffs nine times, finishing in the bottom ten all nine years. Their success under Katz has been almost non-existent, except during the draft lottery. Since Katz purchased the team, the Oilers have finished: 21st 30th 30th 29th 24th 28th 28th 29th 8th 23rd At this point, the eighth place finish looks like the ultimate outlier. The Oilers organizati

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-16

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Off-Season Targets 2018: The Overview

Off-Season Targets 2018: The Overview

It’s that time again my friends. Oilers hockey is very much in the rear-view mirror once again as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue to roll along. The focus in Northern Alberta is on yet another massive summer. After falling flat on their faces a year ago in the off-season, it is redemption time for Peter Chiarelli and his group. There are plenty of holes to fill, and possibly more opening up in the coming days and weeks. Our job here at The Oilers Rig is to present our suggestions for soluti

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2018-04-16

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On this day in 1999: Gretzky announces retirement

April 16th is probably a pretty lame day to most people. Today specifically is a Monday, it might be a pay-day for a lot of people, the weather is pretty disappointing here in Edmonton, and there are no Oilers playoff games scheduled for the foreseeable future.  One COOL thing about April 16th is that this day in hockey history, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement. That’s right, 19 years ago today in 1999, the greatest player to ever touch a hockey puck retired from the NHL. Two days late

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-16

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Will the Edmonton Oilers take a highly-rated Smurf d-man in the draft

Will the Edmonton Oilers take a highly-rated Smurf d-man in the draft

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has talked about trading away his team’s first overall pick, which now sits at ninth overall, but could easily drop one or two places in the coming lottery.  If Chiarelli does keep it — and I’ll bet he does keep it — Edmonton is unlikely to be able to get one of the top four forwards, Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina, Oliver Wahlstrom or Brady Tkachuk. But the Oilers could be in a strong position to draft one of the highly-related Smurf d-men at the to

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-04-16

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What if everything went right?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, which made me wonder what if everything had went right and the Oilers were in round one of the playoffs currently? There’s a lot of talk about what went wrong and which bets were poor, but we’ve heard it all before. Let’s have some fun and imagine if the season went how most people thought and the Oilers were heading to the playoffs. How does it happen? Cam Talbot posts another great season. Instead of saving .907 percent of the shots faced, he’s u

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-16

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