Edmonton Oilers prospect Ostap Safin has outstanding size and skill but is that enough?

Edmonton Oilers prospect Ostap Safin has outstanding size and skill but is that enough?

2018 Edmonton Oilers prospects Ostap Safin #11th overall Previously : ranked 11th overall 2017 I see Ostap Safin as something of a dividing line in The Cult of Hockey’s ranking of Edmonton Oilers prospects. Every player above him on our list, from the top pick to tenth overall, I see as a strong candidate to make the NHL. Every player below Safin on the list, I see as a long shot. I’d also put Safin himself in that long shot category. I say this partially based seeing the player in a few A

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-08-13

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The Edmonton Oilers and waiver opportunities

The Oilers have been active on the waiver wire in recent years. Here are some potential options for them entering the upcoming season.

Source: The Athletic
Date: 2018-08-12

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On anniversary of his trade, Gretzky more focused on hockey's future

On anniversary of his trade, Gretzky more focused on hockey's future

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of his stunning trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9 1988, Wayne Gretzky was more focused on the future of hockey than his own past.

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2018-08-12

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My fearless 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers prediction and the factors most likely to sink it: 9 Things

My fearless 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers prediction and the factors most likely to sink it: 9 Things

When anyone predicts a bounce-back season for the Edmonton Oilers, the first question that inevitably follows is: “What do you consider a bounce-back“? Fair enough. When I sat down to formulate a prediction for this upcoming year, my standard was not the likelihood of returning to or exceeding 2016-17. I say that because no two years are identical. NHL seasons are like fingerprints. There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of factors that go into each campaign for each team. Instead, my predi

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-08-12

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At Random: The Guessing Game

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – whether you’re a fan or a media person, the surest way to look like a fool is to try to predict point totals for NHL players in any given season. Most of us are really bad at it, no matter what “system” we use as our crystal ball. I’ve watched hockey for a long time, and I suck at it. I know, I know, there are always a handful of people who say, “I called it,” whether they actually did or not. Most of us are wrong most of the time. T

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-08-12

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Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25: #19 Dmitri Samorukov

Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25: #19 Dmitri Samorukov

Peter Chiarelli, Keith Gretzky and their staff made 7 draft picks at the 2017 NHL entry draft and 5 of them already make our top 25 under 25 list. In years past one would be able to cite a weak overall prospect pool as the reason for so many inclusions but that is no longer the case. Chiarelli’s work accumulating young talent is starting to pay off with organizational depth and all 5 of these recent draft picks make the list on merit, including Samorukov. As an aside, the Oilers 7th round pi

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-08-12

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Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25: #20 Ostap Safin

Edmonton Oilers 2018 Top 25 Under 25:  #20 Ostap Safin

Sea Dog ranks #20 in our Top 25 Under 25 Edmonton’s fourth round selection in 2017 clocks in at 20th overall in our Top 25 under 25. Let’s see how he got there. Shona Pat Ira Corey Jeff 17 18 19 18 17 Playing in his first season with the Sea Dogs in St. John, southpaw winger Ostap Safin averaged nearly a point per game (26-32-58) in 61 games in the Québec Major Junior League. Safin had nine games with Bakersfield this past year, he scored one

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-08-12

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The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright

Many years ago, Bill James wrote a chapter about the Minnesota Twins in one of his annual abstracts. Summary: It didn’t look too good when those young kids arrived and kicked the ball all over the yard, but just a few years later the organization won it all. The emergence of Frank Viola, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti and Tom Brunansky in 1982 gave the club an enormous lift, later aided by the addition of Kirby Puckett (1984) and some astute trade additions. This is the hope for the Edmonton Oilers,

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-08-12

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Hot Takes – August Edition

Dishing out another round of Hot Takes at the tail end of a heat wave just seems right. Here are a few scalding hot opinions to keep you warm on a rather cool Sunday. TWO-YEAR TANK FOR THE HABS Let’s be honest, things are going to get worse in Montreal before they get any better. Marc Bergevin, or whoever will be calling the shots, should embrace this and do everything they can to suck. This past June they added Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi but he’s not projected to be a true franchis

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-08-12

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NHL.com 31-in-31 Edmonton Oilers 2018/19 Preview… Review

Click the pic above to check out our merch!Yesterday NHL.com posted their 2018/19 season preview for the Edmonton Oilers and they asked three questions for the hosts, EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen, to ponder. Can the Oilers expect a return to form from Cam Talbot? Which players need to step up in Edmonton this season? Was Peter Chiarelli too cautious this offseason? I’ll post the video at the end of this blog for you but first, my thoughts… Will the Real Slim Talby Please Stand Up? Can the Oil

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2018-08-12

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