The Roundup

Oilers top to bottom, need to be better; what’s next for the Flames; Leafs fans love Jack Edwards; Wings bring back Holland; Auston Matthews, Kovalchuk the NHL playoffs and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff. In the Roundup, we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-20

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Young Edmonton Oilers forward prospects ready to shake the Bake, but maybe not NHL

Young Edmonton Oilers forward prospects ready to shake the Bake, but maybe not NHL

Near the top of the list of negatives about the Edmonton Oilers organization this year was the lack of depth at forward, especially when it came to promising young players at forward.  That looks like it’s about to change. A group of young forwards including Kailer Yamamoto, Cooper Marody, Cameron Hebig and Tyler Benson all look primed to have big years in Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate, Bakersfield, next year. Along with younger minor league pros Joseph Gambardella, Patrick R

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-04-20

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(Video) Welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the No Playoff Party

The boys are feeling the power of positive thinking and will take some time welcome the freshly eliminated playoff teams to the “No Playoffs Party” as they leave the comfy confines of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The red carpet is rolled out for the second consecutive day as the Anaheim Ducks were very eager to join the No Playoff Party. Last night, the Ducks lost their fourth straight game against the Sharks of San Jose, with four also being the number of goals they scored in the entire serie

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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Ties that bind

Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan spent the last two seasons on opposite sides of the Battle of Alberta, but that didn’t stop them from picking up the telephone, having a chat and deciding they’d travel back to Saskatchewan, where they both have roots, together to see what they could do to help in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that claimed 16 lives. Gulutzan was still the head coach of the Calgary Flames when he and McLellan made that trip. That’s no longer the case, of course,

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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Fun Debates and a Big Thank You

April is a wonderful time to be a sports fan. You have hockey playoffs in the AJHL, WHL, AHL and NHL. You have NBA playoffs. MLB has begun, the NFL draft is next week, followed by the CFL draft, and the NHL will announce the finalists for player awards. There is no shortage of topics to discuss and debate. Last night, Sidney Crosby scored his 173rd playoff point and surpassed Mario Lemieux to become the all-time playoff points leader in Penguins history. When Crosby’s career is over he could

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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The Milan Lucic Effect

The Milan Lucic Effect

So here we are. Just two seasons into the seven-year/$42 million deal Milan Lucic signed via free agency with the Edmonton Oilers and it appears as though the worst-case scenario has come to fruition far quicker than most imagined. In fact, it has gone so poorly that even those who were onboard with the move are suddenly wondering aloud what the next five years might bring. With that said, this organization has little to no choice but to use the veteran winger in a top-six role in 2018-19 and h

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-04-19

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Sad Songs and Waltzes

Sad Songs and Waltzes

In describing his team and things he would like to acquire, Peter Chiarelli often uses vague terms. “Heavy sticks” was one he used in the early days of 2015 and more recently (last week) he spoke a lot about “higher pace” but was quick to add that didn’t necessarily mean speed. PC then discussed areas and gave a litany of examples: “Thinking more quickly, moving the puck through all three zones more quickly. You know you start at some point on the rink, whether it’s breaking out,

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-04-19

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Thursday Morning Hot Links

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Good morning everyone, here they are. Leon Draisaitl had a really good season last year, Jonathan WIllis says he’ll be even better next year. (The Athletic) Jason Gregor has uncovered that Peter Chiarelli overseas the Edmonton Oil Kings operations, and shows that it’s stupid. (Oilers Nation) Ilya Kovalchuk is now an unrestricted free agent, where may he end up? (The Hockey News) Finally, the NHL has released its Selke Trophy nominees: Patrice Bergeron, Sean Couturier, and Anze Kopitar.

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-04-19

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RFA Profile: To bridge or not to bridge Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse was one of very few bright spots on a disappointing Oilers squad this season. While he was better in the first half than he was in the second, Nurse proved in 2017-18 that he was a legitimate top-four defenceman at the NHL level. Now, as his entry-level contract is set to expire, the Oilers are faced with a decision: give Nurse a long-term contract or give him a bridge deal. It took Nurse quite some time to find his footing in the NHL. After being drafted seventh overall by the C

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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Playoffs 2018: Sharks Sweep Ducks

Playoffs 2018:  Sharks Sweep Ducks

“That’s too bad” says Oil Country I’ve resigned to the fact that the 2017-18 was one of the most disappointing seasons in Oilers history. After such a good 2016-17, you can’t feel anything but a sharp kick in the pants once you’re taken a 25 point drop off a cliff. We can, however, take a gander at Anaheim’s misfortunes this postseason and chuckle heartily. That’s it for Anaheim. Thomas Hertl’s second goal of the playoffs seals the deal for the San Jose Sharks in round

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-04-19

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