Benoit Pouliot and Anton Lander aren’t stars, but they’re nonetheless candidates for the Edmonton Oilers power play

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-26

The Oilers will likely need some power player or two screen and jam It’s not unusual for an NHL power play to employ a tough and determined player as a screener and jammer in front of the opposition net. As stacked as the Edmonton Oilers are with power play specialists for next season, including Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz, it’s likely that they will often employ such a role player on their power play as well. Who will it be? Anton Lander had success in the second half of the season in that role. The good news about Lander is he can also win face-offs and showed some skill moving the puck and jam

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Rockets rebound, rout Oceanic at Memorial Cup

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-25

QUEBEC — Nick Merkley, Gage Quinney and Leon Draisaitl each scored twice as the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets downed the Rimouski Oceanic 7-3 Monday night at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Madison Bowey, who had two assists, also scored as Kelowna chased starting goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon in favour of Philippe Desrosiers at 10:42 of the second period after scoring five times on 22 shots. Kelowna outshot Rimouski 36-31 overall. Chris Clapperton, Michael Joly and Frederik Gauthier scored for Rimouski (0-2), which has a must win game Wednesday night against the Quebec Remparts — the team it beat in the seven-game Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final. The Rock

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IN THE DAYS AFTER THE RAPTURE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-25

As wild as things have been since April 18 and the pure rush of the lottery win, this next six weeks promise to be absolutely insane. Let’s begin with a preview of coming attractions: May 31: NHL Draft Combine 48 hours after Stanley Cup Final (or June 15, whichever later): Deadline for first club-elected salary arbitration June 25: Window for teams to meet with UFA’s opens June 26 & 27 NHL draft June 30: Deadline for buyouts June 30: Deadline for qualifying offers to RFA’s July 1: Free Agency begins July 5: Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration July 6: Deadline for final club-elected salary arbitration That’s a busy and fascinating time for hockey fans

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Fate of Rockets, Oceanic hanging in the balance

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-25

A season of commitment and excellence can and for most does unravel in 60 minutes or so on the national stage. All the planning by management and toil by teenagers through seven-game playoff series can crash down so fast that it makes old and young heads spin. That’s just the nature of the MasterCard Memorial Cup. And that’s the essence of tonight’s matchup between the Kelowna Rockets and Rimouski Oceanic, champions of their respective leagues this season who have but a single loss to show for their trip to Quebec. One of them will skate off the ice tonight with the awful prospect that, without help, without a lucky break beyond their control, they could have just one lousy game left i

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Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: The Edmonton Oilers’ Own Situation

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-25

This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble. Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. However, I’ve had some requests for a more precise look at the Oilers’ own situation, so rather than look at a vulnerable opponent our attention today turns to the home front.

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SLEPYSHEV

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-25

Edmonton Oilers fans are catching their collective breath after a stunning month of news that included a lottery win in a golden draft, plus the signing of quality GM and coach in quick order. The period between now and July 15 could be insane, with trades, the draft and free agency all ahead. The news is trickling now but will soon be a scream. What's next? Possibly some closure on a gifted Russian.

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Generals’ Cassels shines in Memorial Cup spotlight

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-25

QUEBEC — Cole Cassels has been the man in the spotlight for the Oshawa Generals. The versatile centre took most of the important faceoffs as the Generals beat the Quebec-champion Rimouski Oceanic and host Quebec Remparts in their opening two games at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Perhaps the biggest so far came late in overtime against the Remparts. Cassels’ draw back to defenceman Stephen Desrocher for the winning goal gave Oshawa a 5-4 win in a game it dominated but was in danger of losing thanks to Zach Fucale’s brilliance in the Quebec net. The two had combined on a similar goal in a 4-3 win over Rimouski. "We knew Steve has a great shot and he gets i

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Building a winner: Babcock and Hendricks

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-25

We all have different theories or beliefs regarding what is necessary in building a winning team. Even when you build a strong, successful organization that doesn't mean you will win, or be close to winning every season.When we evaluate success, I think we put way too much focus on winning a championship. Only one team wins, but that doesn't mean all the other 29 franchises were failures. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 consecutive seasons, but they've "only" won the Stanley Cup four times in that period. Are they a failure? Far from it. They are the model franchise in the NHL and throughout their 24-year run to the post-season they've done so by incorporating the single mos

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2015-16 Edmonton Oilers Goal Song! (Leaked)

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-25

This isn’t a long post or anything. I just found this awesome clip on youtube and I wanted to share it with my Edmonton Oilers brethren. Props to Youtube channel DRLGoalHorns for this one. If you haven’t fallen off your chair laughing or pissed yourself, you might want to get checked out. Peace! BLH The post 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers Goal Song! (Leaked) appeared first on The Oilers Rig.

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Penguins want to trade for a first-round pick

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-25

Even though David Perron performed admirably as a Pittsburgh Penguin, general manager Jim Rutherford is trying to get back what he gave up to land him. Rutherford traded away his first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (along with winger Rob Klinkhammer) to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 2 for Perron, who contributed 12 goals and 22 points in 43 games with Pittsburgh but failed to find the net in the post-season. Now he wants to deal his way back into the first round. “I’ll certainly pursue it,” Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to pick up one or not.” With the Penguins’ late fall in the standings and quick exit from the pl

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Anton Lander and Luke Gazdic weren’t just better players in 2014-15, they were also grittier players

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-25

Coaches often talk about wanting players with “grit,” who will “crash the net,” and make “hard plays in the blue paint.” Anton Lander has become just such a player for the Edmonton Oilers. And Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is showing a bit of spine as well in this category. Only one, big body fourth line winger, Luke Gazdic, did better than Lander in 2014-15 for the Oilers when it came to hard plays at the net on even strength scoring chances. Gazdic made 12 such hard plays in 295 even strength minutes, good for 0.61 per game. Lander made 0.56 per game. Next best was tough guy Matt Hendricks, 0.55 per game, then the departed David Perron, 0.52 per game and Nugent Ho

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MARCO ROY AND THE HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-25

The 2013 entry draft is (early days, mind) shaping up to be an interesting one. Edmonton didn’t have the No. 1 overall pick that season but did well enough overall to have signed Darnell Nurse, Bogdan Yakimov, Kyle Platzer, Ben Betker and Greg Chase. That’s a lot of talent for one draft and the one guy in pro (Yakimov) looks like he could be a player, while the top pick (Darnell Nurse) is a future cornerstone of the blue if everything breaks right. The rest of that 2013 draft, the unsigned group, is fascinating. There are three players chosen in the top 100 of that draft who Edmonton can still sign and I think we have our answer on all three. A week from today, some of these kids

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