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The Edmonton Oilers Could Move The #10 Pick In the NHL Draft

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Odds are high they deal their 10th overall pick this June because whatever teenage defenceman is available at that spot is probably two to three years away from playing in the NHL — think Ty Smith in Spokane of the Western Hockey League or Noah Dobson in Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League — and the Oilers don’t want to waste any more of Connor McDavid’s prime years waiting for help down the road.

They need immediate offensive punch for a defence that had 29 goals last year.

And no, they can’t afford to trade for Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson.

“A player at No. 9 or No. 10 isn’t going to play next year,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said recently. “We’ll certainly listen to offers, and if there is a trade, it would probably be on the draft floor.”

Rest assured, he’ll be the one making more calls than taking them for the pick.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

On winning the Hart Trophy vs. the Ted Lindsay Award:

You don’t want to take anything away from the Hart and take anything away from the media but to have your opponents and teammates and guys that you go up against every night, for them to vote and give you that respect or think of you on that level, it’s very special. Last year when I won it, it was such a nice feeling knowing that these are the guys you go to war with and they’re sitting back and saying, ‘you’re the best player this year.’ It really does mean a lot.

-Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.  Darren Dreger of TSN has more from McDavid.

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The Problem In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are voices in Edmonton. Voices who bear Stanley Cup rings from the Oilers glory years, many of them don’t believe McLellan should be the Oilers head coach. Others would have him remain as a coach, but want to install at least one of their own to help him out.

We get that. Show us an organization that loses as much as this one has, and we’ll show you a team with a bunch of voices competing to be heard. Win, and it all goes away.

But, it’s not going away in Edmonton, where the alumni’s post-game strategizing has been dubbed “The Red Wine Summits.” That much became obvious this season when somebody above Chiarelli decided that Paul Coffey should be hired.

Someone, almost certainly in conversation with owner Daryl Katz — always vulnerable to being persuaded that The Old Boys Club is the answer — made this failed Coffey experiment happen. And it became a laughing point around the NHL.


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The Edmonton Plan

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added 3:00pm, Video of the announcement is below...

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Year End Media Availability With Peter Chiarellli

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

Strangely, Chairelli made no opening statement but jumped directly to questions...

On Milan Lucic
Confident that Milan Lucic can live up to his expectations next year. Likes his work ethic, reminds that he is “still young”.

On what has to change next year
Have to play to a higher pace, not just foot speed but thinking more quickly, moving the puck through all three zones more quickly. Parttly a personnel issue so as a manager he has to look at that. “Thinks our speed needs to start on the back end and moving the puck up quickly. Have some young forwards who can challenge for jobs who will bring speed. Generally wasn’t happy with execution, and that starts with passing. Criticized lack of support on thee breakout, neutral zone play and o-zone cycle.

Coaching staff
Lack of success on special teams was problems with execution. Made some tweaks on the penalty kill. Powerplay was disappointing this year. On the whole it was a challenge for the coaches. All are in a period of evaluation, including himself. “We are all under evaluation.”

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You can watch the 30 minute media Q & A below...

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Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

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Videos- Milan Lucic Had A Busy Night

Mike Smith first...



Tanner Glass next...

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Seven Unanswered Goals For The Columbus Blue Jacket In Win Over The Edmonton Oilers

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets showed the swagger Tuesday that coach John Tortorella hoped would still be there after their 10-game winning streak was snapped Saturday.

Smacked in the mouth by the Edmonton Oilers in the opening 10-plus minutes, and staggering, the Jackets charged back with an improbable, spectacular response — seven unanswered goals. By the first intermission, they had erased a three-goal deficit. By the second intermission, they had a three-goal lead.

Right wing Thomas Vanek had already notched his 11th career hat trick by then, and the Jackets were on their way to a 7-3 win at Rogers Place to start this crucial three-game western Canada trip.

“We showed a lot of character to get a big two points,” Vanek said.

“It’s a hell of a win for us to bounce back,” said center Alexander Wennberg, who had two assists and finished with a single-game franchise record plus-6 rating.


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Connor McDavid Should Be A Hart Memorial Trophy Finalist

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Put Connor McDavid’s name on the ballots.

There aren’t many card-carrying members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who haven’t written it: “Connor McDavid can’t win his second straight Hart Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers 15-points out of the playoffs.”

The other day the PHWA elected to bring in transparency this year, revealing which writers voted for which players, effectively making it awkward to change many of their minds about that.

But six games from now if McDavid continues to do as he’s been doing in his second annual Big Finish, everybody is going to have to re-think it No. 97s eligibility for the NHL’s ultimate honour.


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A Bad Season For The Edmonton Oilers

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Full disclosure: This prognosticator picked the Oilers to win the Stanley Cup in October.

Based on last year’s playoff run, a young team one win from the Western Conference final armed with seemed like as good a bet as any. Instead, they are in the draft lottery hunt for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

What happened to the Edmonton Oilers?

This season’s failure is too layered and too complex to place blame on any one individual or any one symptom. It is a confluence of poor construction and poor execution.

For a stretch in 2018, the Oilers simultaneously ranked 31st in save percentage, power play and penalty kill. Those three key areas alone are enough to sink a season.

carried a .903 save percentage into the New Year. He could not deliver key saves, especially early in the season, especially on home ice.

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