Oilers’ Benson in very select AHL rookie company

Oilers’ Benson in very select AHL rookie company

Tyler Benson is more concerned with the Battle of the Birds — Bakersfield Condors vs Colorado Eagles — in the first-round of the AHL playoffs, but his first pro regular-season was a dandy. His 66 points in 68 games was second among AHL rookies this year with five-foot-nine, 167-pound Syracuse centre Alex Barre-Boulet getting 68 in 74 games. To put that in the proper perspective, only five rookies in the last 10 years have had as many or more than Benson’s 66. 80 – Cory Conacher (Norfolk

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2019-04-16

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Oilers’ Tyler Benson went from suspect to top prospect in one year of pro hockey

Oilers’ Tyler Benson went from suspect to top prospect in one year of pro hockey

After one pro season, any question marks are now exclamation points around Edmonton Oilers top prospect Tyler Benson. He’s gone from: “God, we hope he can stay healthy,” to: “He looks like he could be a top-nine NHL forward soon.” This is what happens on the hockey carousel with a farmhand, who battled a run of debilitating junior injuries, but in his first kick at the can as a pro he had a fantastic season. He made the AHL’s second all-star team, along with the All-Rookie first tea

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2019-04-16

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Why Edmonton Oilers' new organizational plan to "over-ripen" prospects is a half-baked idea

Why Edmonton Oilers' new organizational plan to

“We want our younger players to develop more in the American Hockey League. I think that we bring them up a little bit too early in hopes that they’re going to be ready when they’re really, really close. I think we got to leave them down there until they’re over-ripe.“ — Bob Nicholson, 2019 Jan 23 ___ Words matter. They especially matter when they become buzzwords, and become ingrained in the “culture” — oops, there’s another one. Fans of the Edmonton Oilers will recognize

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2019-04-16

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Former Oilers coach Todd McLellan lands same gig with Kings

Former Oilers coach Todd McLellan lands same gig with Kings

Todd McLellan was hired as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, taking over a two-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise that slumped to the NHL's second-worst record this season.

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2019-04-16

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Raidy to Rumble: Prince Albert set to face Oil Kings in WHL semis

Raidy to Rumble: Prince Albert set to face Oil Kings in WHL semis

In this day and age of video review and scouting reports available in the Western Hockey League, it’s almost unthinkable for a team to get through an entire regular-season schedule with just 10 regulation losses. Somewhere along the way, some team probably should have figured out some sort of blueprint for beating them, which others might then have been able to follow up on. Instead, the first-place Prince Albert Raiders showed an incredible ability to bounce back from a loss, turning all but

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2019-04-16

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McLellan agrees to multiyear deal to coach Kings

Todd McLellan, who was fired as coach of the Oilers in November, will now be the head coach of the Kings after finalizing a multiyear deal Tuesday.

Source: ESPN
Date: 2019-04-16

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Kings name Todd McLellan next head coach

Kings name Todd McLellan next head coach

Todd McLellan is joining the Los Angeles Kings‘ bench as the club’s new head coach. The 51-year-old returns to action after serving as the Edmonton Oilers‘ bench boss for three seasons, before being replaced by Ken Hitchcock 20 games into the 2018-19 campaign. Welcome to Los Angeles, coach. https://t.co/TgBag2RzLD — LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) April 16, 2019 McLellan put together a 123-119-24 record during his tenure in Edmonton, with the club winning 46.2 per cent of their games und

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2019-04-16

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Oilersnation News Desk – Election updates, the Flames playoff hopes, and more

We’re back with another daily episode of the Oilersnation news desk! Bringing you daily (not daily) news updates at noon (late afternoon) about everything that’s happening around the Nation. In today’s episode, we’ve got some golf chat, some NHL playoff chat, and some world news chat. As always, Evan the Intern joins us as our reporter on the street, giving us updates on what’s going on at the polling stations as today is election day. If you’re a fan of Evan’s updates, feel free

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2019-04-16

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Watch all 50 of Leon Draisaitl’s goals from the 2018-19 season

If you’re looking for ways to kill time today, I’d recommend spending the next 26 minutes of your life watching every single one of Leon Draisaitl’s goals from the 2018-19 season. Considering the players that have dawned an Oilers jersey over the years, you might think that more guys would have accomplished what Leon Draisaitl did in 2018-19. In reality, he actually joined some very elite company, becoming only the fifth Edmonton Oiler (92nd player in NHL history) to score 50 goals in a

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2019-04-16

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Edmonton Oilers: Which Free Agents Should Be On Keith’s Radar?

Edmonton Oilers: Which Free Agents Should Be On Keith’s Radar?

The Edmonton Oilers are bound to make a shake up on July 1st. The Oilers had a rough season and with interim general manager Keith Gretzky (brother of Wayne Gretzky) running the show, it’s likely that he’ll want to make a number of changes before next season.  In this post, I’ll identify some free agents that Gretzky should have on his radar as free agency approaches. So, without further adieu, let’s jump right in. Sergei Bobrovsky Embed from Getty Images It’s no secret that the Edmo

Source: Puck77
Date: 2019-04-16

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