GOALIES ARE VOODOO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-29

The moves this summer by Peter Chiarelli (is he done?) offer us insight into the mindset of management and new coach Todd McLellan. When a new GM and coach arrive, and follow up with massive additions 'up the middle' it shows what caught their eye in regard to the weakness of last year's crew. It's one thing to send a distant bell to the 'Hawks for a possible backup goalie, but are the Oilers seriously considering running an inexperienced goalie combination? Or will he ADD an experienced hand to the four men already heading to camp? 

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SNF

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

There’s a lot of talk on the blog these days about Schultz, Nikitin and Ference. The trio are often thrown into a pile and at some point have become interchangeable in conversation. Is that fair? Let’s go to the Vollman. VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER Here were see Schultz getting a massive zone start push and his bubble is blue and healthy. For me, the issue in regard to him was threefold one year ago: The TOI was overwhelming. I do believe the amount of time he played impact his effectiveness. Oscar Klefbom helped the pairing but it took a significant piece away from a defensive pairing. The actual production was less than ample. Travis Yost did a fine job looking at the issue (and oth

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(LOOKING FOR) THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-29

How many complete defensemen have skated in an Oilers uniform since 1979? Seriously. I’m not talking about great defensemen or big hitters or powerful shooters, I’m talking complete defensemen. Chris Pronger? You bet. After that, we can make a list and check it twice but this is not a long list, not as impressive as (say) the Boston Bruins of my lifetime. A complete defenseman is (my definition) able to play successfully in all three disciplines, bring a physical element while also being able to play a two-way game. In the olden days the guy could fight but that’s not necessary anymore. I don’t believe blocking shots is a value tool (it’s more a reflection of po

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#17 - Iiro Pakarinen

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-29

From zero to Iiro. Or something even more clever. Iiro Pakarinen knows how to hockey.  For this, and other reasons, he slots in at #17 in our Top 25 Under 25 for 2015. Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 18 21 23 22 19 17 20 19 16 17 A former draft pick of the Florida Panthers (184th overall in 2011), Pakarinen came to Oil Country via free agency last summer after spending time in Finland's Liiga.  His career-to-date statistics are as follows, courtesy of eliteprospects.com: Despite what might appear to be a severe allergy to offense - or at least assists - Pakarinen does possess some nice tools that we’ve seen some flashes of in the bi

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Unlike most of the Edmonton Oilers forward prospects, Anton Slepyshev can score

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-29

Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 6 Anton Slepyshev Previously: No. 15 overall in the 2014 ranking Anton Slepyshev is coming to North America. The 2013 third-round draft pick is coming off what is by far the best season of his career in the KHL and is unique among Oilers prospects because of his blend of skills. The 21-year-old has good size (6’2”, 194 pounds), good skating and the kind of offensive ability that’s been rare in recent years for Edmonton’s non-first-round draft choices. We may as well start by comparing the season that was against the benchmark established in last year’s write-up by colleague Bruce McCurdy: Expectations for 2014-15: Unlike Yakimov, who has signed to pla

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2008-15 Neilson goals and scoring chances for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-28

Neilson scoring chances data Scoring Chances Plus-Minus rates 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for centres ES, per 15 ES 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for dmen ES, per 15 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for dmen ES, games, per 15 2010-15 Scoring Chances plus-minus rates for wingers ES, per 15 2010-11 individual scoring chances plus-minus 2011-12 Scoring Chances For 2010-15 Scoring chances for wingers (games, scoring chances per 15 ES) 2010-15 Scoring chances for wingers (time on ice ES, per 15 ES) 2010-15 Scoring chances for dmen (times on ES, per 15) 2010-11 contributions to scoring chances and goals on PP 2011-12 contributions to scs and goals on PP Scoring Chan

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FINDING MELKER KARLSSON

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

Not many days now for fans, media and the hockey industry—we are definitely seeing signs of hockey season getting ready to fire the ignition. Young Oilers minor leaguers and new hires will once again see plenty of new faces among the coaching staff—and for some, that could be a very good thing.

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A CONVERSATION WITH COREY PRONMAN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-28

On Friday, I had a chance to discuss Edmonton’s prospect list with Corey Pronman of ESPN. Corey is one of the most respected names in prospect evaluation and a lot of that comes from his tireless work with video, scouts and the hockey industry. I find Pronman’s assessments interesting for two reasons: He is very specific in his words and he leaves very little middle ground. I spoke to him about his Top 5 prospects among Edmonton’s long list of players and what we might expect from them in the coming season. Connor McDavid: “He will be on the Oilers top 6F right away and there’s a non-zero chance he passes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the depth chart by the end of the

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Nail Yakupov is the lost No. 1 in Edmonton

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-28

EDMONTON — Nail Yakupov is the lost No. 1 in Edmonton. While Taylor Hall has emerged as the third most productive left-winger in the NHL over the past three seasons (behind Alex Ovechkin and Jamie Benn), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins discovered his game last season. You won’t find anyone who doesn’t believe he will become the franchise centreman that every No. 1 overall is supposed to evolve into. And Connor McDavid? Well, he hasn’t played an NHL game yet, but as Yakupov says, "He seems like he will be OK." As for the affable Russian, who leaned up against the tailgate of his Ford truck as we spoke outside of Perry Pearn’s annual 3-on-3 pro conditioning camp, "OK" just isn’

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AHL Logo Ranking: No. 16 – Springfield Falcons

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-28

(The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.) As part of the AHL’s big shuffle for the 2015-16 season, the Springfield Falcons lose their affiliation with the Columbus Blue Jackets and a squad that missed the post-season in the Eastern Conference by one point. In their place, the Falcons join up with the Arizona Coyotes and a club that made the post-season by in the Eastern Conference by one point. That’s quite

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SUPERNOVA 6.0

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-28

At last the Famous Detroit Model. They Last won the Stanley Cup in 07-08. Detroit currently owns the longest active post-season appearance streak. I really wondered what I would see in this sort of look, would I see what makes up there famed reputation ? are they still a top notch development organization? One item I had read when Mike Babcock was in the search for a new team team is that he didn’t know who would replace Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Was he indicating the system wasn’t as productive as it once was? Was it living off reputation? Of note both Datsyuk and Zetterberg didn’t come up through the minor league system. 2009-10 Grand Rapids Griffins Name age GP Pts Jeremy

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Legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour dies

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-28

As coach of the 1980s New York Islanders dynasty, Al Arbour commanded immediate respect from his players and contemporaries around the NHL. "Al used to say that the negative energy that you’re feeling, turn it into a positive energy," Hall of Fame defenceman Denis Potvin said. "That has never left me, and I know many of my teammates must feel the very same way because he just never felt than anything was insurmountable." Arbour led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cups, and on Friday the hockey community remembered him for his temperament and incredible success after his death at the age of 82 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and

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