The Edmonton Oilers trended down under Craig MacTavish, which justifies his demotion

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-04-27

The Cult of Hockey’s forensic audit of Craig MacTavish, Pt. 2 Craig MacTavish is no longer general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, but it looks like he might still be with Oilers hockey operations in some capacity. Reports are that he’s already on the road with new general manager Peter Chiarelli, travelling to Kelowna last weekend to watch top Edmonton prospect Leon Draisaitl. If nothing else, MacTavish is evidently going to be demoted, and while his two-year reign as general manager is still fresh, it’s worthwhile to take on final look at the pros and cons of his time in charge. The Cult’s Bruce McCurdy started this process in this post. Here’s my own contribu

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Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse, the Future of the Oilers?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-27

Before I dive into this article, let me preface it with this, because I know some readers will be up in arms. I’m aware that Connor McDavid isn’t a member of the Edmonton Oilers. There’s obviously always a chance they would trade that first overall pick (don’t worry they won’t); it’s possible they could choose a different player (not a chance); and of course there’s the perception that Connor doesn’t want to play in Edmonton. (He’s not a diva, he won’t balk the Oilers). But, considering how bad this team have been for the past nine years, and the kind of generational talent McDavid is expected to be, the only way Edmonton doesn̵

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RE 14-15 OSCAR KLEFBOM: SWEET MELISSA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-27

If Oscar Klefbom didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. Without Oscar, Oilers fans may not have had any idea how the position of defense is supposed to be played nightly. I’m only slightly kidding. The sooner Oscar can play 25 minutes a night, the quicker Oilers fans can watch games without defaulting to the fetal position every 25 seconds. RE 14-15: 41GP, 1-6-7 .171 ACTUAL 14-15: 60GP, 2-18-20 .333 OSCAR KLEFBOM BOXCARS, TWO-YEAR TREND OSCAR KLEFBOM FANCY STATS, TWO-YEAR TREND HOLY HELL he looked good. Oh yeah, this is a real piss cutter. Is he top pairing? Not now, no. I mean down the line. No idea, we don’t know if he has enough offense to play a feature role. I&

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Monday Mailbag - April 27th

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-27

Another week has passed and what a week it was! From Connor McDavid to a new management regime, this has been one of the biggest weeks in Oilers history. It feels as though the sun is permanent shining in OilersNation and it feels good. Spirits are high, and hope is in abundance - when was the last time we could say that? As always, the mailbag depends on you. If you have a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Enjoy.

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Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle: One Must Go

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-04-27

The Edmonton Oilers are poised to become a dramatically different team once the 2015-16 NHL season begins, and it will likely result from the addition of a single player. Following the surprising, yet fortunate outcome of the NHL Draft Lottery in the Oilers’ favor, Edmonton is set to add a unique and tremendously skilled player in Connor McDavid. “He’s as good as I’ve seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come int0 the league in the last 30 years, the best to come along since Lemieux and Crosby. He can definitely change a franchise’s fortunes” – Wayne Gretzky Praised by the great one as one of the best players to enter the league in the pas

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Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle excited about recent news for Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-04-27

VIENNA, Austria — A funny thing happened on the way to the IIHF World Championship for Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

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‘The fans in Edmonton are in for a treat’ — Erie coach Kris Knoblauch

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-04-26

You know Connor McDavid is special because when he isn’t on the ice, you’re thinking, “Why not? Has the coach lost his mind? Can’t he play the full 60 minutes?” McDavid is not perfect by any means. He gives the puck away at times because he always seems to have it. He passes when he should shoot because he doesn’t want to be known as a puck hog. At times, he’s almost going too fast, often on breakaways.

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8 DAYS A.D.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-26

I still can’t fathom what has happened to the Oilers in the past 8 days. The draft lottery was the stuff of Oilers fight songs in 100 years time but a total house cleaning at the top too? I still stick to my two theories that I either died sometime on the evening of the 17th of April or I'm currently in a coma and this is all a dream.Whatever the case if my wishes keep getting granted at this rate I should be married to Natalie Portman at 2 PM next Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony and the 9 day non stop party afterwards.

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WEEKEND UPDATE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-04-26

Jordan Oesterle and the Oklahoma City Barons are underway in the playoffs and so far things are going well. In our weekly look at Oilers prospects (playoffs edition) some prospects are peaking at a very good time.

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REVIEWING THE 2010 DRAFT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-26

This is where it all began. The Katz rebuild (legend holds) began on a cold January day when the Oilers owner, after hearing the only way to get jacks and kings was to tank, not only endorsed it, but suggested the team scorch the earth and wait for the northern prairie winter to do the rest. The rebuild continues and until recently the 2010 draft has been regarded as an absolute failure. No. 1 overall: L Taylor Hall. The human chance machine has been the best reason to watch an Oilers game five years running. By Christmas of year one he was pushing the river and that’s been the story since. Robbed of a berth in the Annual All-Star selection 2014, he is absolutely one of the best LW

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Who Is The Odd-Man Out?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-04-26

It’s been well known since the Nicholson/Chiarelli press conference that Peter Chiarelli is not scared to make deals that will make the team better. He’s also not scared to trade younger star players. Taylor Hall already came out saying he was concerned that he may be dealt before he gets a chance to receive a pass from Connor McDavid on the “left shot, black tape, left side.” Chiarelli had an interesting quote when he mentioned he wasn’t scared of trading a young player to make his team better, regardless of how well that player does once he leaves the organization. Every deal is a calculated risk, and as long as you believe you’re making your team better

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CRYSTAL BALL (CHIARELLI EDITION)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-04-26

One way to look into the immediate future is to check on the distant past. When Peter Chiarelli took over the Boston Bruins in 2006, they were a team outside the playoffs with some major roster weaknesses. Their best center was 20 and brillint (C Patrice Bergeron) and their best scoring-winger was 23 and looked like he was going to be a star (Brad Boyes). CHIARELLI’S FIRST SUMMER (2006) Signed UFA D Zdeno Chara and UFA C Marc Savard to long-term deals. “We were really aggressive out of the gate,” interim general manager Jeff Gorton said on a conference call. “It made it much easier to sign Savard after Chara signed with us. He could see how serious we were about winn

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