The once and future Oilers: how the Bakersfield Condors shape up for 2020-21

The key to the Edmonton Oilers rests with the youngest players on the Bakersfield Condors. Next September, Raphael Lavoie will be 19, Evan Bouchard and Ryan McLeod, 20, Kirill Maksimov, Stuart Skinner and Dmitri Samorukov, 21, Tyler Benson, 22, and Cooper Marody, 23. This past season, Bouchard took a huge step up, with 36 points in 54 games in Bakersfield, while

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-04-04

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Edmonton Oilers Klefbom returns home as Sweden gambles on COVID-19

Edmonton Oilers Klefbom returns home as Sweden gambles on COVID-19

While the rest of the world remains in lockdown, Oscar Klefbom is free to do as he pleases — sit down at a cafe for lunch, go to the library and maybe even take in a movie at the local theatre or a drink at a corner pub. Read More

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2020-04-03

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Oilersnation Radio Episode 80 – NHL Player Poll, jersey talk, and Wayne Gretzky’s most impressive record

Oilersnation Radio Episode 80 – NHL Player Poll, jersey talk, and Wayne Gretzky’s most impressive record

Can you believe we’re not even a month into the NHL’s work stoppage? From where I blog, it feels like years since the Oilers played their last game against the Jets and I’m starting to get the itch for hockey in the worst way. Thankfully, we got the boys back together for a fresh episode of Oilersnation Radio to talk a little puck, break down the NHL’s player poll, come up with a few hypothetical scenarios, and help us all kill an hour of our day. To kick off this week’s podcast, we

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-03

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Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland took a patient, nuanced approach to prospect development

2019-20 Edmonton Oilers in review GM Ken Holland — Part Three “I believe in player development. I believe in time in the minors. I believe the National Hockey League is the toughest league in the world and if you put young players in the league too quick it’s more likely that they’re going to fail than succeed.” These were among the lea

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-04-03

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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Blue Jackets, College Free Agents, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Blue Jackets, College Free Agents, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are rumors the New York Rangers have been trying to trade for Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How realistic is that deal? There is some college free agent buzz and are the Columbus Blue Jackets looking to trade one of their No. 1 goaltenders? Nugent-Hopkins to the New York Rangers? Larry Brooks of the New York Post noted in a recent mailbag segment, that he’d heard lots of rumors about the New York Rangers trading for Edmonton Oilers ce

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-04-03

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: “It’s nice to have some fresh faces and some positive energy coming”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: “It’s nice to have some fresh faces and some positive energy coming”

On Thursday afternoon, it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ turn to jump on a conference call with the media to field questions about how he’s spending time in quarantine, finishing the season in the summer, and what it’s been like playing on the wing with Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto. QUARANTINE LIFE To kick things off, Nuge’s conference call started in the same way that they all do with a confirmation of where he’s at and how he’s spending the time in house arrest. “I’m still in

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-03

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An early look at the 2020-21 Bakersfield Condors

An early look at the 2020-21 Bakersfield Condors

A few weeks ago, I took a look at what Ken Holland’s second off-season at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers organization was going to look like. Obviously, given the COVID-19 pandemic, things have changed. We don’t know when or if the season is going to resume, we don’t know if playoffs will be played, or if a Stanley Cup will be awarded. No matter what, though, there’ll be an off-season, with a draft, trades, and free agency. The difficult thing to predict is what the salary cap will be

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-03

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Hot Links: Friday, April 3

Hot Links: Friday, April 3

Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid had a chat, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ made a video. Yesterday in Oilers history, and MORE! Morning, all! Yesterday, GQ released ‘An Epic Conversation’ between Oilers legends Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid. You read that right. Legends plural. It’s maybe a sign of the times that the first thing I thought was ‘this must have happened before social distancing, these dudes are in close proximity.’ Otherwise the two ho

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2020-04-03

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Pack the Pipe

Pack the Pipe

The hardest thing to do for the Oilers, surely, is to make the playoffs two seasons in a row. Running a close second? Establishing a pipeline of useful forwards coming out of the minor league system. From the beginning of the century, I count Daniel Cleary, Fernando Pisani, Jason Chimera, Jarret Stoll, Kyle Brodziak. All of them arriving over a decade ago. Time to pack the pipe. THE ATHLETIC! The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the sit

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2020-04-03

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If play does not resume, 5 notable questions that will go unanswered in Edmonton

If the NHL is unable to resume play this season, there will be many questions left unanswered, and that’s especially true for the Oilers.

Source: The Athletic
Date: 2020-04-03

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