OILERSNATION COUNTDOWN: Top 5 Goals

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-31

The video above represents how you citizens voted for the top 5 goals in Oilers history. Will you agree with your fellow citizens? Are they morons that don't know a thing about hockey? The people have spoken and if you didn't vote you can't complain... or something. Don't go complaining to me - I didn't have a say in the matter. With that said I present the first OilersNation Countdown...

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SUPERNOVA 4.0

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-31

Words and music by Supernova. A quick note: ALL of his posts can be accessed by clicking “Supernova” in the tags section below the headline. — Calgary is an interesting look, they have had 3 GM changes over the last 6 years, 4 if you include a brief stint for Brian Burke. Darryl Sutter was GM from April 2003 – December 2010 Jay Feaster was GM from May 2011 – December 2013 Brian Burke finished out that season Brad Treliving was hired on April 2014 The last time the Flames had made the Playoffs was the 08-09 season, then the started their “wandering through the desert” experience as Jay Feaster had poked fun at the Oilers. Whether it looks like that

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The Dog Days: Pivots

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-31

These are truly the times where hockey is missed. August has hit the world and we are at the midway point of the offseason. While baseball and football fans are settling into their respective seasons, we hockey fans are forced to wait until the breezy days of fall to enjoy our national pastime. It isn’t easy writing in these uneventful months, being limited to a reflective period until news starts to roll around once again. This is part two of my roster reflection series “The Dog Days”, you can see the first part here. Basically I am looking at each position and analyzing the players who fill that spot on the Edmonton roster. In today’s edition, I will be looking at the most anticip

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RECOVERY ROOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-31

The Edmonton Oilers have three players making significant dollars heading into their walk year in 2015-16. Ben Scrivens, Nikitia Nikitin and Teddy Purcell all enter the year with something to prove and history tells us one of them is bound to recover, at least a little. Question: Who would you bet on to spike?

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The Oilers Salary Cap Situation

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-31

A few days ago, well July 25th to be exact, the New Jersey Devils re-signed young defenseman Adam Larsson to a six-year contract extension with a 4.16 million dollar cap hit. Why am I telling you something that 95% of NHL fans already know about?  First because this is roughly the deal that I see Oscar Klefbom signing between now and next July 1st. Larsson has a slightly better draft pedigree but has had a hard time making the NHL as a full-time player. Klefbom appears to be the real deal and should again take a big step forward in his development this year under new coaching and with less pressure to be the best defenseman on the team. With slightly less minutes at evens and roughly the sa

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McDavid should play a new position next year: hybrid

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-31

What position should Connor McDavid play this coming year as a National Hockey League rookie? He should play pretty much the exact same position he played with the Erie Otters, where he was given a tremendous amount of latitude in all three zones of the ice to read the play and go where that took him. If I had to describe that position, I’d say McDavid played centre forward or forward centre. He was a hybrid, that rare player who bent the game to his will and his skill, rather than struggling to conform to a more defined and limited role.   On the attack, McDavid was everywhere, right wing, left wing, behind the net, centre of the ice, attacking from all angles. He was at this bes

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The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Pacific Division

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-31

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the season yet? No, it isn't. In fact, it isn't even close. We still have over two months to go until the puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL season, meaning there's a lot of time for teams to make moves, and there's a lot of time to sit around and think about who's had a good offseason and who hasn't. Pretty much all of the interesting free agents are off the table now that we're heading into August, but as we saw the other day with the Canucks and Penguins, there's still a lot of time for teams to make moves and tweak their rosters. With that being said, after the jump I'm going to break down the good and the bad of the offseason in the Pac

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OKC FORENSIC FILES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-31

Eric Rodgers has been a guest on the Lowdown many times over the years, and his insight about Oilers prospects in OKC has been invaluable. Along with Neal Livingston and Patricia Teter (plus Jim Byers in the early years), we were able to put together thumbnail sketches of youngsters and their progress. Rodgers’ work extends to the very interesting work of estimating ice-times based on who is on the ice when goals occur. Using goal tallies as a proxy for icetime goes back some time, with the brilliant Iain Fyffe leading the work I’ve found online for 15 years and more. Eric was kind enough to pass along his estimates for this past season and I thank him for it. I’ll be speak

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Top 10 NHL Tweets of the Month: July 2015

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-31

Martin St. Louis uses photos to explain his retirement, Eddie Lack uses airbrushing to convey his love for Roberto Luongo, and Wayne Gretzky uses clothing to show his love for the Dodgers in our top 10 NHL tweets for the month of July. 10. Smarties > M&M’s Happy Canada day eh! Poutine,smarties, Labatt's Blue and listening to Celine Dion all day!!! — Sean Burke (@SBurkie1) July 1, 2015 9(9). It’s the headband that puts this over the top. if I'm tweeting hockey players in baseball uniforms this one is probably obligatory. pic.twitter.com/a4bTTAMWQK — Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) July 22, 2015 8. Mike Rupp, a member of the NHL’s 600 Game Club, steals f

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-31

Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.

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Oilers History – Tambellini Top Five Worst

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

Tuesday, we looked at the top five best moves of the Steve Tambellini era in Edmonton. Tonight, we look at the top five worst moves. There are a lot of candidates, and I’m sure there will be some debate here. These moves all contributed to Edmonton’s demise this last decade. 5.) Oilers trade F Kyle Brodziak and 2009 6th round pick to MIN for 2009 4th and 5th round picks – The Oilers acquired two mid-round picks in 2009, but they missed badly on both of them. D Kyle Bigos wasn’t signed by the Oilers and has yet to play a game in the NHL. G Olivier Roy was traded to Calgary in the fall of 2013. Brodziak, a younger player at the time, turned into a solid top-nine forw

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 6: BOGDAN YAKIMOV

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-30

Bogdan Yakimov is an impressive fellow in many different ways. First: he’s mammoth. The AHL website has him at 6.05, 232 or the approximate size of a Buick from the 1970’s. Beyond that, he delivered offensively in his first AHL season (Eric Rodgers’ tracking and estimates have Yak 2.0 delivering 1.87 points-per-60 and he posted an Even strength GF-GA total of 38-28 in year one OKC, age 20). Corey Pronman, Draft Day: Yakimov had a decent season playing in the second-tier Russian pro league, and he was a final cut from the Russian World Junior squad. He is a big center, measuring in at about 6’5″. He may not have the top-end tools of a typical top Russian prospect, but h

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