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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Lamoriello a ‘once-in-a-generation hockey mind’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-30

As the many on- and off-ice changes this year clearly indicate, the Toronto Maple Leafs are aiming to develop a winning culture. According to three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko, new Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is the ideal person to help orchestrate this turnaround. “You frequently hear about once-in-a-generation prospects — players that come around once every 10 or 20 years — like Gretzky, Crosby, and now, Connor McDavid. Well, Lou is a once-in-a-generation hockey mind,” Daneyko wrote in The Players’ Tribune. .@KenDaneykoMSG on the legend of long-time @NHLDevils general manager Lou Lamoriello. http://t.co/D7ybD2e7vY pic.twitter.com/2u03cEdK5q — T

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3 THOUGHTS: McDavid’s Linemates, the Captaincy, and Needing Your Help

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-30

Even though Elliotte Friedman takes the summer off from his 30 thoughts segment, we keep the deep thoughts* rolling at Nation HQ. We’re still over a month away from the Young Stars Tournament, even longer away from the preseason, and just under 69 (#nice) days away from the season opener, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about the Oilers.*debatable

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Is there room on Edmonton Oilers’ opening night roster for both Griffin Reinhart & Leon Draisaitl?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-30

Griffin Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl have battled for position plenty of times before during their days as Eastern Conference rivals in the Western Hockey League. Reinhart was a go-to shutdown defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers, and would routinely draw the best competiton the opposition had to offer, which in the case of the Prince Albert Raiders was clearly Draisaitl. The two had an epic showdown in the 2014 playoffs where the two went head-to-head for pretty much an entire series. Now, at least in theory, both are teammates with the Edmonton Oilers and the days of competition between them are over. One is a defenceman, the other a forward, so it’s not like they’re battling for

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THE 2014 OIL KINGS: ALL THAT PLUS A LITTLE MORE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-30

They're gone now, scattered across North America and Europe with their professional hopes and dreams. In happens in the wink of an eye, but as fans we take stock every summer. Where are the boys who brought the Memorial Cup to our city? Answer: All over!

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RE 15-16 ANTON LANDER: SECONDARY MODERN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-30

Anton Lander finally found a home in the NHL—but there are still rapids to negotiate. He is signed to a value contract and appears to be a lock for opening night—finally!—and a role inside the top 9F. With the caveat that things can change in a hurry, and there’s heaven and hell in the NHL, surely Anton Lander is part of the Edmonton Oilers future. ANTON LANDER 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.21 (16th among forwards) 5×4 points per 60: nil Qual Comp: 13th toughest competition among regulars (fourth line) Qual Team: 9th best competition among regulars (third line) Corsi for 5×5 %: 43.9 Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -.2 Zone Start: 40% (6th toughest on the team among regular forwards) Shot

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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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