PTO, ATO, GTO, CODY, MFSB

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-31

We’re counting down (thank you Casey Kasem) to a fun period of the late summer for NHL fans. There are approximately four million hockey players looking for work at this time (estimate) and the 30 clubs will sign a few, invite others and tell the rest to wait by their phones. It has to be a ghastly time for players (I’m trying to get Tom Lynn on this week, he always delivers the goods) but for fans it’s pretty cool. If you can get a free Curtis Glencross on the TC roster, why not? Edmonton is historically bad at this, although Anson Carter once attended and that was cool. Cody Franson remains No. 1 on wish list (I know, you all hate him. I ON THE OTHER HAND will be at churc

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Top 10 fantasy sleeper picks for 2015-16

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-31

They’re back. Everyone’s favorite players to draft in fantasy pools. The sleepers. There’s a special high that comes with being “the genius who predicted _______’s breakout season.” That’s why it’s so intoxicating to research sleepers every year. If you’ve already studied my most recent update of the top 200 overall players, now it’s time to dig for undervalued guys. As I outlined in last year’s sleeper list, I identify them as follows: (a) Players who will outperform their average draft position (b) Players who will outperform some players drafted before them (c) Players you can steal cheap at the ends of drafts to reap maj

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Defensive Tandem Performance

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-31

It’s a sure thing that Peter Chiarelli plans to overhaul the Oilers’ defence, and we’ve seen him at work already. There are, however, five holdovers from last year’s group, and we can probably learn something from what kinds of players the incumbents failed/succeeded with last season.

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One Final Oilers Wish

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-31

I’ve been a noted basher of a lot of things that the Oilers have done over the last nine seasons, I’ll fully admit that. I’ve harped on them for terrible coaching decisions, worse player decisions, and complete lack of urgency, but this summer was different. We got a strong veteran GM and a strong veteran coach. We also got a strong veteran top-pairing defender, a strong veteran bottom six forward, a franchise forward, and many other pieces that could contribute in a big way, mainly in net and on the back end. Was the summer successful in Edmonton? You’d better believe it. Could the summer have been better? I’ll say yes to that too. Ideally, I’d like two

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The NationGear Update You've Been Waiting For

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-31

You've been waiting for this moment. What the hell am I talking about? The moment you've been incessantly emailing me about. You wanted to know when Nation Hats are going to come back and when can you get your grubby little hands on a 16-Bit t-shirt. Well... We've topped up our inventory on some much requested NationGear items, and even added a few others. Today is launch day.

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Sharks Under McLellan

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-08-31

Bringing in an elite level NHL coach is going to go a long way in turning this franchise north. The addition of Todd McLellan and his coaching staff, along with the continued development of the young core, is worth getting excited for heading into the 2015/16 season. Over the past seven years, McLellan posted some very nice possession numbers, as the Sharks consistently out-shot their opponents and won a lot of regular season games. One thing to note is that the Sharks were a bit of a high event team when it came to shot attempts. In the last four years, the Sharks finished in the top four when it came to the total number of Corsi events (for and against) per 60 minutes at even-strength (

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RE 15-16 TODD MCLELLAN: A TOWN CALLED MALICE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-31

Todd McLellan’s career decisions have been pretty solid all down the line. When his playing career ended, he took a job with the North Battleford North Stars (I listened to their games as a child on CJNB Radio), then moved up to Swift Current (WHL), Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL) and Houston Aeroes (AHL) where he coached that team to a championship. He moved up to Detroit in 2006, won a Stanley as assistant coach under Mike Babcock, and headed for the coast as San Jose’s head coach in 2008. He won often in California but couldn’t find a lot of playoff success. His career path brings him to Edmonton at a time when youthful players with tremendous talent run rampant. MCLELLAN 1

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Top 25 Under 25: #15 - Anton Slepyshev

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-31

The Russian forward makes a big jump in our rankings, finding himself in the 15th overall position. When our Top 25 Under 25 last checked in with Anton Slepyshev, the Russian forward drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2013 Entry Draft, we found him right on the bubble, in the number 25 spot. It's a year later and now we've ranked him at number 15. No player ranked inside the Top 25 in the Summer 2014 edition of rankings saw a bigger increase in his ranking this time around than Slepyshev. Rank Player DOB Drafted Ryan Scott Ben Shona Zach Jeff Matt Curtis Zsolt Sunil 15 Anton Slepyshev 1994-05-13 2013 - 88th 12 12 18 18 17 16 14 12 15 12 Previous Rank: 25 The rankin

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WHL Players to Watch

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-31

Another exciting season of WHL hockey is right around the corner, and with main camps kicking off this week, the anticipation of opening night is almost unbearable. There are tons of enticing storylines to watch for as the season gets underway, and the one I will be watching the closest is how the 2016 draft eligibles will perform. Over at DraftGeek.ca, we currently list six WHL’ers in our top thirty which is somewhat underwhelming, however I fully expect to see Sam Steel, Tyler Benson, and Jake Bean’s stock rise over the course of the year, meaning we could see three WHL players in the top ten come draft week. Aside from the draft eligibles, there’s a laundry list of players to keep a

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Monday Mailbag - August 31st

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-31

There's a long weekend on the horizon and you've got a few work days to kill. As always, the Mailbag is here to help you put those long company hours behind you and bring you one step closer to the debauchery that will be your long weekend. The most important part is that you try to look busy, and nothing makes you look busier than reading intently. The Mailbag doesn't work without your questions so if you have something to ask you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. 

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Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month: August 2015

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-31

Phil Kessel looks so Kessel in his new Penguins sweater, Brendan Shanahan offers up a Sandleresque throwback Polaroid, and Andrew Ference reveals an incredible prospect letter. It’s our Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month. 10. The legend of the Kessel kids’ driveway hockey net lives on… Very fortunate to get this net from the lovely Kessel family. Hope it has some magic left. @AmandaKessel8 @PKessel81 pic.twitter.com/gBkSzdthV8 — Matthew Wallock (@locksforwalls) August 9, 2015 9. Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan? Loved him in Billy Madison. 1987- night before my NHL Draft. My high school friends came to support. #nobeerforme #nervous #shirt?? #karenstock pi

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Bogdan Yakimov is developing nicely for Edmonton Oilers, but where might he fit in?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-31

2015 Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 4 BogdanYakimov Previously: No. 4 overall in the 2014 ranking  Life got a whole lot more complicated for Bogdan Yakimov on April 18. That was the day Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and earned the right to draft generational talent Connor McDavid. The 18-year-old McDavid is, of course, a centre, the same position that Yakimov (20) plays. It’s also the same spot preferred by Leon Draisaitl (19), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (22) and Anton Lander (24). It’s a ridiculous collection of young talent down the middle that will soon be the envy of the NHL if it isn’t already. That’s without accounting for 30-year-old Mark Letestu who may

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