Coach McLellan interviews: Oilers job ‘enticing’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-06

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, goes the rumour-mill cliche. And free agent coach Todd McLellan has poured gasoline on speculation that he could be the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Speaking to the Edmonton Sun‘s Terry Jones in Prague, Team Canada’s bench boss confirmed he interviewed for the job with new Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, who flew oversees to meet with the candidate. “Edmonton has always been an interesting spot for many people, I think,” McLellan told the Sun. “It’s a team with a rich history and they have some good players there. Now you add in [Connor] McDavid, Bob [Nicholson, CEO] taking over and Peter coming in. I really do thin

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Strome ready for pressure of being a Maple Leaf

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-06

We already know Dylan Strome is excited at the idea of potentially being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now we also know that the pressure of being selected by the team he grew up cheering for, the pressure of becoming a star in the biggest hockey market in the world, doesn’t intimidate him. “I think I know a lot more than people would think about Toronto and the team and the media [pressure] and stuff like that. Obviously it’s something a player that gets drafted there has to deal with. If that happens, I’m going to be prepared for that,” Strome told Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday. LISTEN: Dylan Strome talks OHL playoffs, upcoming NHL Draft The

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RE 14-15 MARK FAYNE: CAN’T LOSE WHAT YOU NEVER HAD

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-06

Mark Fayne was signed in free agency to provide Edmonton with a shut down defender who could help with the gathering storm. Fayne was deployed in a tough minutes role and delivered as best he could, but the effort was lost in the flood. Can a stay-at-home defender have a good season on a terrible defensive team and not get noticed? RE 14-15: 67GP, 3-7-10 .149 ACTUAL 14-15: 74GP, 2-6-8 .108 MARK FAYNE BOXCARS, THREE YEAR TREND MARK FAYNE FANCY STATS, THREE YEAR TREND What do the numbers tell us? Fayne was used in a slightly different fashion than in New Jersey and of course he didn’t have Andy Greene as his partner. That said, there are some good things here. Like what? He had the m

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CuJo: ‘Connor McDavid doesn’t need a coach’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-06

Hockey dad Curtis Joseph noticed the kid from his hometown was something special since novice. Watching the development of fellow Richmond Hill, Ont., native Connor McDavid skate alongside the second born of his three sons for years in minor hockey, Joseph hopped on the McDavid bandwagon earlier than most. “You could tell he was a phenom,” the legendary goaltender says of June’s certain No.1 selection. “You could see he was head and shoulders above everybody else. Now, you never know if they’re going to fizzle out; you can’t predict the future. But any team that tried to cover him… couldn’t. He just exceeded expectations always.” Joseph helped sponsor his so

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WWYDW: Unrestricted Free Agent Defencemen

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-06

The Edmonton Oilers have a subpar defence, and have for some time. Among the avenues available to them to improve upon that defence is free agency. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask which free agents the Oilers should make a point of targeting.

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The Edmonton Oilers Must Draft An Elite Goaltender in 2015

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-06

The 2015 NHL Entry draft is rapidly approaching, and for the Edmonton Oilers, the future success of their hockey club rests largely in the decisions which will be made on this day. Connor McDavid will be drafted first overall, there is no doubt. With their other first round pick, 16th overall, ideally the Oilers need to select a defenseman or a big, skilled forward who can complement Edmonton’s other young stars. [Related: With the 16th Overall Pick, the Oilers Select…] Despite their wealth of valuable first round draft picks, the Oilers will still retain a fairly significant selection at 33rd overall in the draft. Having without a doubt selected a center at first overall and l

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Unsigned Edmonton Oilers draft pick Erik Gustafsson has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-06

It always seemed a little odd that the Edmonton Oilers chose not to sign Erik Gustafsson. The defenceman, a fourth-round pick of the team in 2012 Draft, has progressed steadily overseas and emerged as an offensive contributor in Sweden’s excellent top league. Generally, that’s the kind of skillset that warrants at least a look in the AHL. Certainly that’s what the Chicago Blackhawks seem to think. Last week the club announced that it had signed the 23-year-old to a two-year entry-level contract. 2014-15 represented the best year of Gustaffson’s career to date. His 29 points ranked fifth among defencemen in the SHL; the tied for third in shots on goal with 131. He was a second-pairing

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Pros and Cons of Mitchell Marner as Possible Carolina Hurricanes Draft Pick

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-05-06

The contrast between the stunning skill and alarming lack of size possessed by top draft prospect Mitchell Marner creates perhaps the most intriguing storyline of the upcoming 2015 NHL draft. For the Carolina Hurricanes, picking fifth and right in the projected selection range for Marner, Marner's two-sided resume will test general manager Ron Francis' willingness to take a risk on the draft's biggest "hit or miss" player. It's highly likely that Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Dylan Strome and Noah Hanifin will go to Edmonton, Buffalo, Arizona and Toronto in some order during the top four picks. (Marner is on the record that he'd "love" for the Leafs to pick him, but his desires hardly matter

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THE OILERS AND THE QMJHL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-05

The Edmonton Oilers draft out of the QMJHL about as often as the rest of the league (about 10% of all selections). A year ago, teams picked 17 Q players, but this year that number could double. It’s very likely Edmonton makes at least one stop in the QMJHL during this summer’s draft. PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL 2014 NHL draft—210 total players, 17 from the Q 2013 NHL draft—211 total players, 31 from the Q 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 19 from the Q 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 22 from the Q 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 22 from the Q 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 23 from the Q 2008 NHL draft, 211 total players, 27 from the Q FINAL TALLY: 1475 total

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Off-Season Targets: Martin Jones

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-05

Tuesday we looked at a proven option, the veteran route, for a starting goalie as we profiled Craig Anderson. Today, we go the opposite direction, the unproven route. Last year, the Oilers went this direction with Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth, and while it failed, it was still a reasonable bet. This year, one of the top options from that class is LA Kings backup netminder Martin Jones. Jones is young, only 25 years old, and has only played in 34 NHL contests. That said, he’s a favorite of the media in Edmonton, and has been linked to the Oilers for a few months. Granted, the link came during the MacTavish days, but it’s still an avenue worth looking at. Why Is He Out There: The

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Previous Meetings: Utica & Oklahoma City Do The “Splits”

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2015-05-05

Game #1 - December 2nd, 2014 Utica Comets 0 - Oklahoma City Barons 1 (OT) The Comets stumbled into the Cox Center in early December while the Barons were on an eight game tear through the American Hockey League. Knowing that they would only face the Comets one other time during the regular season, OKC would play really good defensive minutes against a team with skill. Richard Bachman would stop all 34 shots for the shutout, and Todd Nelson would be showcasing his talents before assuming the role of the Edmonton Oilers interim head coach (replacing Dallas Eakins). The post Previous Meetings: Utica & Oklahoma City Do The “Splits” appeared first on Tend The Farm ~.

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Nurse Transitions To Professional Hockey

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-05

View image | gettyimages.com The Oklahoma City Barons have signed Darnell Nurse to an Amateur Tryout as they prep for the 2nd Round of the AHL Playoffs. Nurse finished his CHL career just a few days ago at the hands of Junior Hockey’s most dynamic player, but he closes the book on his OHL career while considered by many to be the best Defenseman in the league. The ATO will prevent him from burning a year on his ELC.

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