Change in Player Development Staff

Change in Player Development Staff

Rick Carriere is out Rick Carriere is no longer the Senior Director of Player Development. Last year, when I wrote my most-read post on the Oilers Front Office, Rick Carriere was listed as the Senior Director of Player Development. He is no longer listed on their website. He had served that role since 2012 after working 8 years with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. First he was a GM there, then a scout. I have no idea if he was fired, or if his contract ran up and he wasn’t renewed. The

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-07-14

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Year in Review: Are the Oilers going to miss Patrick Maroon more than they anticipate?

This is one part of a player-by-player Year in Review series we’ll be doing over the next couple months as we look back on the 2017-18 Edmonton Oilers season.  2017-18 Edmonton Oilers No. 19: Patrick Maroon GP: 57, G: 14, A: 16, PTS: 30 Traded to the New Jersey Devils for JD Dudek and a 2019 third-round pick I don’t think Patrick Maroon ever got the credit he deserved in Edmonton. Don’t get me wrong, he was certainly endeared by the fanbase as a favourite for a variety of reasons — his

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-14

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The Farm

The Farm

When we moved to Maidstone in the winter of 1971, it was a major adjustment. Moving from Haney BC, where the weather was mild and Stanley Park was a rather common occurrence, the prairies had less curb appeal. I am generally a positive person, and cast about trying to find something to hold on to in my new surroundings. Saskatchewan in 1971-72 was a time warp in all directions. The schools were more advanced than the ones I left, so much so I almost failed the year we arrived in town. On the ot

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-07-14

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Saturday Sunshine: Con-Air Flight

It’s been a fun time venturing through the Saturday Sunshine article series with you. This new idea to try and bring a little positivity to the pages of Oilersnation has been exciting but I feel as though, to this point, we’ve been ignoring the brightest sunshine of all. So let us sit back, enjoy the soft sweet tunes of that familiar theme song and bask in the positive glow of Connor McDavid. Every April 18th we gather around with all other Oilers fans like the all the Whos in Whoville and

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-14

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Edmonton Oilers have amassed impressive depth in goaltending, defence prospects

Edmonton Oilers have amassed impressive depth in goaltending, defence prospects

2018 Edmonton Oilers prospects Depth defencemen & goalie One last group of depth players to cover in the preliminaries of the Cult of Hockey‘s eight annual summer prospect rankings before we begin the countdown of the Top 25 Edmonton Oilers’ prospects, and we’ve saved the best for last. One goaltender and four defencemen remain, all of them “tall pine trees” as Harry Neale used to say. Worth noting that even with the below players outside the main list, the Oilers still have 4 net

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-07-14

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Preventing goals might be a problem next season for the Oilers

It should come as no surprise that one of the Oilers biggest issues in the 2017/18 regular season were the number of goals against. Now a lot of the damage was done when the Oilers were on the penalty kill, as the club finished 27th in the league, and allowed one of the highest rates of scoring chances against when shorthanded. But it was also at even-strength (5v5) when the team struggled, allowing 176 goals – the fifth highest in the league – with a rate of 2.62 goals against per 60. Wh

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2018-07-14

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Preventing goals might be a problem next season for the Oilers

Preventing goals might be a problem next season for the Oilers

It should come as no surprise that one of the Oilers biggest issues in the 2017/18 regular season were the number of goals against. Now a lot of the damage was done when the Oilers were on the penalty kill, as the club finished 27th in the league, and allowed one of the highest rates of scoring chances against when shorthanded. But it was also at even-strength (5v5) when the team struggled, allowing 176 goals - the fifth highest in the league - with a rate of 2.62 goals against per 60. What’s

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-07-13

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It looks like a bridge deal is coming for Darnell Nurse

Yesterday, Jim Matheson posted an interview with Darnell Nurse’s agent, Anton Thun, that talked about Darnell Nurse’s next contract and it gave us a pretty good idea of what’s likely to happen. In his agent’s own words, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Darnell put pen to paper on a long-term deal but rather a shorter bridge contract until the cap situation relaxes a little bit. Let’s break it down. Now, I’m not going to post the whole interview because you can go read it ove

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-07-13

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NHL Rumors: Skinner, Pacioretty, Nurse, More

NHL Rumors: Skinner, Pacioretty, Nurse, More

The big news on Thursday and heading into Friday was that the Chicago Blackhawks cleared up a ton of cap space in the move that sent Marian Hossa’s deal to Arizona. The Blackhawks are looking to spend that newly acquired money and there seem to be a number of names on their target list. So too, the Edmonton Oilers are looking at signing one of their free agent defensemen long-term but he wants a short-term deal. Could a trade be in the works if a deal can’t be reached? Blackhawks Have Room

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-07-13

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We're asking wrong question when we ask how Edmonton Oilers can best utilize Milan Lucic

We’re asking the wrong question when we’re asking how the Edmonton Oilers can best utilize Milan Lucic. I say this even as Lucic, 30, has five years left on deal that will pay him $6 million per, which obviously makes him a key figure on the Oilers going forward. I say this after hearing Oilers insider Bob Stauffer repeatedly insist that Lucic will be given a shot on the top power play unit and on a line with Leon Draisaitl to start next year. I say this having studied Lucic every game all

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-07-13

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