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Connor McDavid On The Non-Calls Against Him

from Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid has fired back, in his own way, about not drawing nearly as many penalty calls as other elite-level players.

When asked if he feels he’s deserving of getting more calls, McDavid was brief but pointed.

"Guess I just gotta shut up about this," he told reporters during media availability on Thursday.

It wasn't immediately clear, but there was a sense McDavid was responding to critics that he shouldn't get preferential treatment and should just play.

“Yeah and he complained about it a little bit, that he wasn’t getting the calls," former NHL coach John Tortorella, now an ESPN analyst, said last week. "Quite honestly, just shut up. Don’t talk about it."

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Early Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

"I learned a lot from Kenny, even before I retired, talking about the league, players, signings… I always talked about things with him, and the four years after I retired, we talked about contracts, how he managed situations, how he handled things. The logic behind the decisions that he had to make. It was a tremendous education.

"Kenny was very, very selfless. To this day I talk to him about things. He hasn’t changed a bit. He is very, very humble."

-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Detroit Red Wings on Ken Holland.  Mark Spector of Sportsnet has more on Holland.

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Videos- “What Can You Say?”

Talking with KK members and visitors over the years, the majority of people would rather read a story than watch a video of the story.

But that changes in this post.  As a hockey fan you know how to get the story from a short video.  Check the score, the clock and enjoy, especially this one.

 

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The Power Play Stays Hot For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Connor McDavid is the best player in the world. And he’s not even leading his own team in scoring.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn’t sure if he’s streaking or slumping — he hasn’t scored a goal yet, but he’s leading the entire National Hockey League with 13 assists.

The power play has been the NHL’s best for two years running and is killing it again this season at 46.4 per cent through nine games. That unit matched a franchise record by scoring a power-play goal in its ninth-straight game to start the season Wednesday, something this organization has seen twice before, in '79-'80 and '86-'87.

You do know who was staffing that power play back in 1986, right? Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Anderson, Coffey…..

Hall of Famers, all.

Meanwhile, we all quietly thought that Leon Draisaitl’s Hart Trophy interlude two seasons ago was just an interruption of the McDavid hardware train. “C’mon,” you said. “How is that ever going to happen again?”

Well, Draisaitl may just be the second-best player in the game today, as lethal from his spot on the Oilers' power play as Alex Ovechkin is from his in Washington.

And unselfish?

Draisaitl had two goals late in the game against Nashville when he broke in on a two-on-one with Jesse Puljujarvi. An open net awaiting, Draisaitl passed away the hat trick puck, settling for the final assist in a tidy 5-2 win over Nashville.

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The Best Team In The NHL

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The best record in the National Hockey League. The best power play in the National Hockey League. The best player in the National Hockey League.

How on Earth could it get better for the Edmonton Oilers? How about the best weekend on tap on the National Hockey League, as the Oilers will play a round of golf in Las Vegas on Saturday and take in the Raiders-Philadelphia Eagles NFL game Sunday before flying back to Edmonton.

But for now they’ll savour their first statement game of the season, as the Oilers walked into Vegas on the back end of two games in two nights and glazed the Golden Knights 5-3. These are the two teams that will battle for first place in the Pacific Division, or so we would predict, and as the Oilers' weekend in Vegas begins they have 10 points (5-0) while the Golden Knights have just two after a sluggish 1-3 start.

What’s going right with Connor McDavid’s boys? Well, how about everything?

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Believing In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are floor-to-ceiling windows in the room where the Edmonton Oilers conduct their postgame interviews. Inside, the players are calm and quotable, just two games into a nice start to the NHL season.

Outside on the street, it was bedlam, with 300-400 fans banging on the windows and cheering on Jesse Puljujarvi as he sat at the podium next to Leon Draisaitl, chanting “MVP! MVP! MVP” when it was Connor McDavid’s turn, and generally acting as if it were June, not October.

The Oilers beat Calgary 5-2 on a sudsy Saturday night in The Big E, and the local superstar had a hat trick. McDavid even scored one on that one-timer he’s been working on at practice. You remember, the one Draisaitl had joked was “fluffy” when asked about McDavid’s shot a few days ago.

Draisaitl was ready when he took to the podium after the game.

“If you watch the replay, it WAS a little fluffy,” he kidded. “It came off nice, but it was fluffing. It was a nice shot, I will give him that. A very nice shot. Good for him.”

Good for him.

It was a metaphorical pat on the head from a 50-goal scorer with one of the best one-timers in the game, to a player who scores every which way but like that -- until Saturday night. Like Rory McIlroy saying, “Nice drive,” when you “blister” one 225 yards down the middle.

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How Good Will The Edmonton Oilers Be?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Has the time finally arrived for the Edmonton Oilers? Are they finally legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, 31 years after the last parade down Jasper Ave.?

It’s a question we’ll fully explore here, on the eve of Edmonton’s 2021-22 season opener against Vancouver on Wednesday, but it’s also a query you won’t get a lot of help with from within the Oilers ranks.

They know -- the players, the coaches, the management -- that, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, whatever Edmonton accomplishes in the regular season won’t prove anything. After two years of second-place finishes in their division followed by first-round playoff exits, it is all about the playoffs for this team.

They know it. They just won’t say it.

“Right now, it’s all about the regular season. Then, it’s all about the playoffs. That’s the best way to put it,” said Leon Draisaitl, tap-dancing around the elephant in the room. “This league is too strong to think you can half(way) things and think you’ll just focus on the playoffs.

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The Go For It Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers appear to have finally surrounded the NHL’s two most recent Hart Trophy winners with a capable cast.

There’s every reason to believe that this team, coming off a 35-19-2 season in the coronavirus pandemic shortened 56-game schedule, is about to begin a new era of 100-point seasons and significantly expand their collection of banners that hang from the rafters during the decade.

The Oilers rate no worse than second to only the Vegas Golden Knights returning to the Pacific Division where none of the other teams managed to make the playoffs last year and where one of them is expansion Seattle.

The Edmonton arrow, with the additions to the line-up to join the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with GM Ken Holland finally out of salary cap jail is definitely pointed up. Way up.

You may be about to watch the greatest power play this league has seen since the Montreal Canadiens inspired the rule change that resulted in the penalized player leaving the sin bin when a power play goal is scored instead of residing there the full two minutes....

Yes there are still questions. This team won one playoff game in the last two no-fans-in-the-stands Stanley Cup tournaments. The goaltending isn’t exactly set for any long stretch of success. But that’s all to be dissected and diagnosed in depth as we go forward.

For the here and now there’s one thing that might be missing as the 2021-22 Oilers complete their pre-season schedule with home-and-home exhibition games against the Vancouver Canucks before meeting the same squad to start the regular season here next Wednesday.

In a normal circumstance, you’d expect these ‘Go For It’ Oilers to skate on the ice next week in front of the first of 41 consecutive sold-out, all-in, over-the-top, gung-ho giddy fans. But in the city where the Oilers sold out those 551 consecutive games during the worst of times, as a result of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, you can forget about 41 consecutive sellouts to begin the expected and projected return to the best of times.

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Jesse Puljujarvi Is Growing His Game

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As a six-foot-four, 205-pound Finnish right winger, the comparisons to Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen were inevitable on 2016 draft day, when Columbus selected Pierre-Luc Dubois third, gifting Puljujarvi to then-GM Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers. But any similarities between the two have evaporated like steam off the sauna rocks, as Rantanen became a 30-goal, 80-point player, while Puljujarvi walked away from the NHL to reset with his hometown team, Karpat.

Had any of the 31 other GMs offered Ken Holland a first-round draft pick in return, perhaps the Oilers GM would have traded Puljujarvi during his Finnish flight. But the rest of the NHL was just as skeptical, much to Holland’s good fortune.

Now? You wouldn’t trade Puljujarvi for a pair of firsts.

“His attitude has allowed him to make it work. He stayed positive,” said Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “As tough as it is on a young player coming in -- maybe even more so on a European player -- it’s not easy to crack the NHL right away. There were frustrations -- we weren’t a great team when he came in; he had to learn to take strides.”

Today, Puljujarvi has learned how to use his big frame to create space and win battles. He has confidence to use a superior shot, and affixed with the best player in the game, scoring opportunities will be endless.

He could score 25 or 30 goals this season, and perhaps 50 down the road.

“Fifty?” you ask.

“Why not?” we’d counter.

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Video- Connor McDavid On A Dangerous Play

via Sportsnet,

Check this out, as Oilers captain Connor McDavid was not too pleased with Flames defenceman Chris Tanev for his trip during an Oilers 3rd period goal, says it's a "dangerous play for me and the goalie," and he wishes it was called as a penalty more.

 

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