Mark Fayne – I’m Still Standing!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-30

Last July, the Edmonton Oilers signed Mark Fayne to be a top-four defender for the club. At the time, I loved the move, and I admit I still like it today. Fayne is a legit NHL defender, one who can handle top-four minutes and play a shut-down role. Fayne isn’t the type of guy that will come in and change a defense, but with a solid partner he can really help. In New Jersey, he was tremendous with Andy Greene, a solid top-pairing puck-mover. In Edmonton, at least in 2014-15, he had no one like that to play with. Fayne was thrown to the wolves, handling tough opposition and some difficult zone starts while playing with guys like Nikita Nikitin and Justin Schultz for portions of the seas

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Don't count out Scrivens

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-30

Ben Scrivens struggled for much of last season. He set a career high in games played, 57, but he set career lows with an .890sv% and 3.16 GAA. His most consistent stretch occurred very early in the season when he posted a .900+sv% in five straight games between October 17th and 27th. He struggled with consistency after those five games, and he only had two stretches of three games with a .900+sv% the rest of the season. His struggles led the Oilers to acquiring Cam Talbot at the draft and signing free agent Anders Nilsson, and now Scrivens enters training camp needing to re-establish himself.

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Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2015-16 Calder Trophy

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-07-30

With the calendar about to flip over to August, offseason business for most NHL teams is wrapping up. The best free-agency prizes have been claimed, blockbuster trades have been made and most teams have positioned themselves within the constraints of next year's salary cap. The next big item on the agenda will be seeing which rookies manage to stick with their NHL clubs next season—and which ones excel enough to earn Calder Trophy consideration as rookie of the year. According to NHL.com, Calder Trophy candidates must be aged 26 or younger on September 15 of their season of eligibility. Those eligible players must have also played 25 games or less in the NHL or any other major professi

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Oilers Predictions Part 1 – The Forwards

Source: OilerHockey
Date: 2015-07-29

So much has happened with the Oilers this off-season, they finally have a competent management group and coaching staff, they’ve drafted the best prospect in the past 30 years in Conner McDavid, and brought in Cam Talbot, Griffin Reinhart, Andrej Sekera, Lauri Korpikoski, Mark Letestu and Eric Gryba. Think about that. Crazy. As I see things this is the Oilers forward depth chart: Left Wing Center Right Wing Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle Benoit Pouliot Conner McDavid Nail Yakipov Lauri Korpikoski Anton Lander Teddy Purcell Matt Hendricks Mark Letestu Tyler Pitlick Rob Klinkhammer Leon Draisaitle Andrew Miller Luke Gazdic Bogdan Yakimov Iiro Pakarinen Todd

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Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs slams his former GM Peter Chiarelli for failing to properly manage the salary cap

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-29

This in from Steve Conroy of The Boston Herald, a critique of new Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli for his failure in Boston to effectively deal with the salary cap, at least according to owner Jeremy Jacobs. Chiarelli was moved out of his Bruins job by new Boston team president Cam Neely and Jacobs’ son Charlie. Said Jacobs the Elder: “It’s a cap environment we find ourselves in here and you’ve got to look to the future. If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and the kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great play

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The Curious Case of Cody Franson

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-29

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been three weeks and Cody Franson doesn’t have a contract. If you search his name on Google, you’ll be flooded with reports that the huge, offensively minded defenceman is speaking with teams all around the league. Most recent reports suggest he’s in talks with the Boston Bruins, who recently shipped their best blue-liner, Dougie Hamilton, to the Calgary Flames. And of course, there’s talk that he’s open to come back to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he spent the majority of his career with before being dealt back to the Nashville Predators, who drafted him 79th overall in 2005.Other than Franson, all of the big name defencemen are off t

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 5: JORDAN OESTERLE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-29

Jordan Oesterle has a secret weapon in the race for ‘guys who will be Oilers’ among the AHL blue. The weapon? Speed. In today’s NHL, that’s like a trump card times a magic spell with a opium kicker: It means a lot. HOW DID EDMONTON GET HIM? Chris Peters, United States of Hockey: The junior defenseman has developed well under WMU’s defensive-minded head coach Andy Murray. Since the former NHL coach’s arrival, WMU has been a factory for defensemen. We know MacT has a connection to Andy Murray, so that’s an easy mystery to solve. MARCH 31, 2014 NHLE 2014-15 DEFENSE Oesterle had a solid year in the AHL and is among the young blue in the system who project as &#

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So I got dragged into a Corsi conversation near midnight, thanks Dave!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-29

Last night I was about to drift off to dreamworld as I was unexpectedly dragged into a conversation about a topic that puts some fan to sleep- Advanced Stats. I’ve never been a huge proponent or detractor of these metrics or community. I’ve always found them interesting but I would definitely say I’m a more traditional fan. So I was a little surprise when the Oilers Rig’s own Dave Gordon @RustyKnuckler pulled me into a conversation about Corsi around midnight yesterday evening.         There was a short time where (through wanting to understand) I attempted to incorporate and comment on advanced statistics in my posts (not here, but over at Oiler

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OILERS AND GOALIES: GOOD GRIEF

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-29

We're coming up on 40 NHL drafts for the Edmonton Oilers and it's clear now they used all of their voodoo in the first three editions to grab their franchise goalies. I'd ask the Oilers what process they use to identify their goalies to draft, but I'm afraid they'd tell me.

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SUPERNOVA 3.0

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-29

Words and music by Supernova — The second team I looked at in the series was very interesting. Mainly to the fact that they won more in the minors and they also moved their coach up to the big club. Tampa Bay and Anaheim actually flip flopped minor league affiliations. 09-10 Norfolk Admirals Player age GP Pts Ryan Craig 27 73 45 Adam Hall 29 79 41 Brandon Bochenski 27 42 40 Mark Parrish 32 56 38 Juraj Simek 21 75 36 average age of top 5 highest scorers 27.2 w/o oldest 26 Oilers farm team top 5 26.4 w/o oldest 25 10-11 Norfolk Admirals Jon Cooper is HC & Steve Yzerman GM on May 25, 2010 Player age GP Pts M.A Pouliot 25 69 72 Blair Jones 23 56 55 Johan Harju 24 63 52 Paul Szczechur

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WWYDW: Ryan Smyth

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-29

A couple days ago, Jim Matheson wrote a story over at the Journal about Ryan Smyth looking to get back into hockey in some capacity. He goes on to mention, in the article, that Smytty's first choice for employment would obviously be with the Oilers. To me this seems like a logical fit, but what I think doesn't matter. I want to know what you think.

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Brief Analysis of Justin Schultz’s 2014/15 Season

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-29

When I analyzed the seasons of Mark Fayne & Andrej Sekera, my analyses were dense. I was still learning about the new data–data that went beyond the “first wave” of analytics, like shot-attempt differential (a.k.a. Corsi). I was still deciphering what “right” analytical pieces were needed for a comprehensive, yet readable player profile. Recently, an Oilers’ fan asked me if I could give an analytical overview of Schultz’s season. The overview had to be brief because I was posting to a Facebook thread. Much to my surprise, I think I managed to pull it off. I include this analysis below. I am curious to hear from readers if they find the analys

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