The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Central Division

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-04

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the season yet? No, it isn't. In fact, it isn't even close. We still have over two months to go until the puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL season, meaning there's a lot of time for teams to make moves, and there's a lot of time to sit around and think about who's had a good offseason and who hasn't. Pretty much all of the interesting free agents are off the table now that we're heading into August, but there's still a lot of time for teams to make moves and tweak their rosters. With that being said, after the jump I'm going to break down the good and the bad of the offseason in the Central Division (so far) and who might still be looking

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Oilers All-Teams – 1980’s

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-04

Over the next few nights, I’ll be picking All-Star teams for the Edmonton Oilers from every decade. Now, I admit, I’ll only be including the NHL years, not the WHA years. That isn’t to ignore the team’s history, but rather to keep things simple and on an even playing field. I also admit I’m not knowledgeable enough about the WHA era Oilers to make a fair and credible list. If anyone would like to do so, feel free to write it up and send it to me, I’d be more than willing to post it on the site for you! Anyways, let’s get our look at the all-80’s team for the Edmonton Oilers, shall we? Forwards: Left Wing: Jari Kurri – This should come

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 8: ANTON SLEPYSHEV

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-04

Anton Slepyshev is one of several young forwards about to descend upon this northern town looking for work. The Russian is a little older than most of the top-end crew, has more experience against men, and could surprise: NHLE’S AMONG OILERS PROSPECTS OUTSIDE THE AHL C Connor McDavid 82GP, 23-40-63 C Leon Draisaitl 82GP, 15-26-41 C-R Kyle Platzer 82GP, 12-17-29 L Anton Slepyshev 82GP, 17-11-28 C-R Greg Chase 82GP, 8-16-24 There’s reason to believe the numbers for Slepyshev may be off by several based on his KHL playing time last season. Slepyshev’s stat line from his time in Russia really is quality based on his own past: Boxcars: 58GP, 15-10-25 in regular season Breakdo

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Seriously, Mind the Gap

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-08-04

A couple of weeks ago, I expressed some concern with the depth the Oilershave at center for the upcoming season. As of today, it appears that the four pivots will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Anton Landerand Mark Letestu. RNH, to me, is a legitimate top six centerman with all the potential in the world to be one the league’s best. He took a big step forward last season, posting some very respectable numbers, making expectations much higher this coming season. McDavid may or may not start at center, depending on how training camp goes, but he’s penciled in for now and will make some noise. Lander is another player who established himself as a NHL regular last season

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NHL, Major League Baseball Advanced Media form transformative digital-rights partnership

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-08-04

NEW YORK -- A six-year digital media-rights partnership between the NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced Tuesday is expected to transform the fan viewing experience across the League's digital platforms. The deal was announced...

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Commissioners Bettman, Manfred announce historic media rights partnership between NHL, MLBAM

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2015-08-04

NEW YORK (August 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership. NHL Co...

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It's a Meme Contest

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-04

When Oilers news is slow the contests are plentiful and the swag shall flow like the North Saskatchewan. I always dig the photoshop contests but we just had one and I'd like to get more of you involved. That's why it's time to meme again. What's a meme? Look up. The fine mademoiselle explains it nicely. Remember that old lady as you turn on the creative juices. I love Meme contests because basically anyone can enter them - just find a meme generator and away you go. The possibilities are endless!

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Edmonton Oilers’ improved flow of play in recent seasons masked by poor goaltending, Nick Normandeau shows

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-04

Guest post by Nick Normandeau Special to The Cult of Hockey  I keep track of several of the Oilers’ statistics throughout the year, and I split them into 8-game segments to see how the team is progressing (or falling apart) over time. I also split these stats by win/loss/extra-time games, and by home & away games. I keep track of how teams play against the Oilers in all these categories as well. I started doing this at the start of the 2012-13 (Ralph Krueger) season, and it’s interesting to see how the Oilers have performed with each different coach over the last three seasons. Sometimes a coach gets labeled something by the media (e.g. “Krueger is the king of powerplays!” or

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2001-02 SEASON

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-04

**The second post in an ongoing series - Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2001-02 Oilers season **The 2001-02 season really began in the summer with the trade of captain and leading scorer Doug Weight, who became yet another casualty of economics during a difficult era of tight budgets and cash calls for team ownership.

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RE 15-16 MARK LETESTU: MARQUEE MOON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-04

The Edmonton Oilers signed Mark Letestu in the hours after sending away Boyd Gordon in trade. The natural tendency is to assume that Letestu replaces Gordon on the roster—and he does—but Letestu brings some range to the game. How will he be deployed in Edmonton? MARK LETESTU 14-15 5×5 points per 60: 1.22 (8th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 2.26 (8th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 12th toughest competition among regulars (fourth line) Qual Team: 12th best competition among regulars (fourth line) Corsi for 5×5 %: 42.6% Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -16.4 Zone Start: 42.7% Shots on goal/percentage: 63/11.1% Boxcars: 54GP, 7-6-13 VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER RE 15-16: 71GP, 10-12-22 .

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Desperation Time – Tyler Pitlick

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-04

2015-16 is it, this is Tyler Pitlick’s last call with the Edmonton Oilers. If he can’t seal the deal now, he’ll be looking for a new home come July of 2016. Pitlick, the 31st selection in the 2010 NHL draft, has done nothing but show signs since turning pro in the fall of 2011. He’s never consistently been able to produce at the professional level for a variety of reasons. Whether it was him adapting to the professional ranks or injuries, he just couldn’t do it. Pitlick has missed a ton of time with injuries over the years, and they’ve all come at the worst times. Just when it seems like he’s turning a corner, he suffers a massive injury. It happene

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Projecting the Bakersfield Condors

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-03

Back in May, the Edmonton Oilers closed the books on the Oklahoma City Barons organization. The Barons played from 2010-11 to 2014-15 and had represented a massive success for Edmonton. They were the Oilers’ first truly successful affiliate since the Edmonton Roadrunners died following the 2004-05 season. The Barons made the playoffs in all five seasons of their existence, while they also developed a number of players who went on to play in the NHL, in Edmonton or elsewhere. This winter, a new era will begin in Bakersfield as the Condors move from the ECHL to the AHL. When looking at the potential AHL’ers from the 50-man list and the players under AHL contracts, one thing become

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