Five young players facing what could be make-or-break seasons

It was safe to call the Colorado Avalanche’s signing of Nail Yakupov to a one-year, $875,000 last summer a calculated risk. On one hand, the 2012 first-overall pick hadn’t lived up to the considerable hype and expectations surrounding him, failing to ever reach the same heights as he did during his 17-goal, 31-point rookie campaign with the Edmonton Oilers during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. On the other, Yakupov still had many of the tools that could have made him a late-bloomer.

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2018-08-13

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Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25: #18 Stuart Skinner

Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25: #18 Stuart Skinner

The 18th ranked player on our top 25 under 25 ranking list, and, more importantly, our number one ranked young goaltender is former Lethbridge Hurricane and Swift Current Broncos, and 2018 WHL champion: Stuart Skinner. Skinner is a 6’3’’, 203lb goaltender, who the Oilers drafted in the 3rd round (78th overall) in the 2017 NHL entry draft. He is an Edmonton native, who grew up playing for the south side athletic club before being drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2013 Ban

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-08-13

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Fixing the Power Play

There’s a long list of areas that the Oilers need to improve next season if they want to compete for a playoff spot and a successful powerplay is close to the top of that list. When you’re a team that can throw Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on your top unit, and still have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins laying around to run the second unit, there is really no excuse to not a have a top ten powerplay. That didn’t happen last year as the Oilers finished dead last in powerplay percentage at just 14

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-08-13

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Mikko Koskinen’s Oilers Audition

Mikko Koskinen’s Oilers Audition

Of all the free agent signings made across the league this summer, arguably the most curious move of all was the Edmonton Oilers decision to hand Mikko Koskinen the contract they did. Though a one-year deal at $2.5 million isn’t a large chunk of change in today’s NHL, when we are talking about a 30-year old backup goalie with no resume to speak of and a roster starving for cap flexibility, it is certainly a headscratcher. Finland goaltender Mikko Koskinen makes a save during the Pyeongchan

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-08-13

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Long Read: How La Forge Became a GM

Like many young Canadian kids, Bil La Forge spent much of his youth in a hockey rink. Unlike most of them, he spent more time watching than he did playing. He was at the rink a lot growing up in the 1980s while his father, the late Bill La Forge, coached in the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and a short 22-game stint with the Vancouver Canucks. The younger La Forge was more of a hard worker than a skilled player, and that skill set has helped him climb the ranks in the hockey worl

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-08-13

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Gulutzan talks boosting Oilers’ speed, Lucic’s redemption potential

Gulutzan talks boosting Oilers’ speed, Lucic’s redemption potential

EDMONTON — Who has had a better vantage point than Glen Gulutzan of the anomaly that is the Edmonton Oilers? From a record-breaking decade out of the playoffs, to 103 points, to 78 points and a playoff miss last season, Gulutzan has schemed against Edmonton from behind the bench in Dallas, Vancouver and, for the past two seasons, on the opposite end of the Battle of Alberta. Fired by the Calgary Flames, this summer he was recruited as Todd McLellan’s assistant coach in Edmonton. So was Tre

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2018-08-13

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The Finnish Horse

The Finnish Horse

As fans and observers of the Edmonton Oilers, we can get ahead of ourselves when it comes to projecting young players into the NHL, or veterans into new roles. The truth is most positional tweaks discussed in summer die on the vine when the leaves turn (witness Leon at center one year ago) and the hopes and dreams surrounding up and coming amateur talent also falls short. What is a fan looking for the truth to do? Ask the coach, and then think about why the coach gave you his answer. There’s

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-08-13

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5 Predictions for Oilers’ 2018-19 Season

5 Predictions for Oilers’ 2018-19 Season

It’s prediction time, and the thing most fans want to know is whether or not the 2017-18 season was an aberration and if the Edmonton Oilers can get back to the playoffs in 2018-19. For that to happen, a few things need to go their way. The Oilers’ roster constructed by general manager Peter Chiarelli is faith-driven. What that means is that the expectation is on a lot of Oilers to have bounce-back or breakout years. Last season, bets were placed on the likes of Milan Lucic, Jesse Puljujarv

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-08-13

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Monday Morning Hot Links

Monday Morning Hot Links

Good morning everyone, luckily I have the correct day this time. Here are the links. To start off, Jeff did the Top 25 under 25 piece on Ostap Safin. (Copper&Blue) Following that, OriginalPouzar did his piece on Dmitri Samorukov. It’s got a lot of detail and scouting reports. Worth reading. (Copper&Blue) Kurt Leavins made some predictions on how the Oilers season would go, and why. (Edmonton Journal) OilersNerdAlert wrote about Milan Lucic and what to expect from him based on some

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-08-13

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Monday Mailbag – Can Leon Draisaitl drive his own line with the current wingers?

Greetings, Nation compadres! It’s Monday morning and that means it’s Mailbag time again. As always, I’ve taken your questions and sent them off to our panel of geniuses to assess and pass along some hot wisdom that you’ll be able to carry forward with you for the rest of your life. With that in mind, I need questions for next week, so open up your internet machines and send me any query you may have about the Oilers or life in general. You can get them to me through email or on T

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-08-13

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