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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
On the recent Hockey’s Future ranking of top 50 NHL prospects, the Edmonton Oilers place three candidates in the Top 15, Darnell Nurse at sixth overall, Leon Draisaitl, ninth, and Griffin Reinhart, 14th.
Of the players in the Top 15, the three Oilers are the only position players who weigh more than 200 pounds.
The list is led by plenty of smaller players like Sam Reinhart, 1st overall and 186 pounds, Nikolaj Ehlers, third overall and 163 pounds, Sam Bennett, fourth overall and 178 pounds, Dylan Larkin, fifth overall and 172 pounds, Teuvo Teravainen, ninth overall and 165 pounds, and William Nylander, 11th overall and 169 pounds.
But when it comes to big bodies with skill, the Oilers boss the list. Griffin Reinhart is listed on the Oilers website as 217-pounds, while at the recent team development camp Nurse weighed in at 213 pounds and Draisaitl, 214. It’s easy to imagine all of them playing in a few years for the Oilers in the 220-to-230 pound range.
The Oilers shift to bigger players doesn’t end with these three. On Edmonton’s American Hockey League farm team, the Bakersfield Condors, almost all of the top prospects are also more than 200 pounds. That includes Brandon Davidson, 214-pounds, Jujhar Khaira, 214-pounds, and Bogdan Yakimov, 232-pounds.
from Connor McDavid of Sportsnet,
There have been plenty of great players over the years, but what always separated them from the merely good one was their ability to sense the moment. The intelligence to know when it was time for a truly superior performance, and the wherewithal to be the best player on the ice that night — that’s what set the Gretzkys, Messiers, Lemieuxs and Crosbys apart.
Connor McDavid is not there yet, OK? No one is saying that he is.
But, in his first scrimmage as an Edmonton Oiler, with about 7,300 people who came out on a beautiful July evening solely to see him play a 4-on-4 game for 40 minutes, then 3-on-3 for another seven minutes, all McDavid did was score five goals. His team won 8-6.
It was, as his GM would say later, a “a 3-on-3, 4-on-4 no-hitter.” But there was one player who had the puck on a string, one player who emphatically showed that he was head and shoulders the most dynamic, highly-skilled player among the 31 prospects.
The stage, however small, was his and he owned it.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in from Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur from TSN’s The Reporters, a suggestion that the Edmonton Oilers can’t count on new acquisition Cam Talbot, so should have offered up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a trade for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.
Here’s how the conversation played out as the sportswriters described the key moves at the NHL trade deadline:
Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons: “I like the move that sends Cam Talbot to Edmonton. Edmonton is now Canada’s team. They’ve become that. Connor McDavid is going there. Peter Chiarelli is there. (Todd) McLellan is there. They’re putting all the pieces in place. They had to trade for Talbot in New York. We don’t know what it’s like to go from playing behind one of the best defences in the NHL to playing behind one of the worst, but we’re going to find that out. We’re going to find out whether this guy is real or whether he’s not. Because if Edmonton has real goaltending, they’ve got chance to do some business.”
“That’s a lot of pressure in Cam Tablbot,” countered Arthur. “We don’t know what he is really. He doesn’t have a huge NHL resume. If I was the Oilers, I would have called Boston, I would have said, ‘How much for Tuukka Rask?’ If it’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, I’d do it. Because that’s one of the five goaltenders you can depend on year after year. Cam Talbot? They’re panning for gold a little bit. But the pressure is on Edmonton to produce while Connor McDavid is on an Entry Level Contract.”
Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated added:
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
They came, they saw, they were entertained by the Oilers’ newest star Connor McDavid.
Nearly 3,000 curious fans flocked to Rexall Place Friday for the Edmonton Oilers orientation camp to see the No. 1 draft pick in the flesh for the first time. Though McDavid only went through a few on-ice drills, fans let out raucous cheers when he casually shot the puck into an empty net.
The 18-year-old centre, who signed his entry-level contract with the Oilers Friday morning, wore a bemused grin as he described the attention for a simple practice, coming through the tunnel from the dressing room to the ice and hearing cheers from scores of fans in McDavid jerseys and T-shirts.
“It was awesome,” McDavid said. “Just a normal practice. We weren’t doing anything too special.”
Awesome, but a little different for McDavid to have so many people turn out on a blistering hot summer day to watch a teenager, along with fellow draft picks such as Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl go through their work outs.
Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has agreed to terms with centre Connor McDavid on a three-year entry level contract.
McDavid, 18, has spent the past three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, recording 285 points (97G, 188A), 104 penalty minutes and a +83 rating in 166 career games. His 285 points are second most in Otters franchise history.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Boyd Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Lauri Korpikoski.
"We are very pleased to re-acquire Boyd Gordon," said Maloney. "Boyd is an excellent defensive center who is one of the league's best in the face-off circle. He has a great work ethic and will add experience and leadership to our dressing room. We are excited to have him back."
from Chris Westcott of EdmontonOilers.com,
Peter Chiarelli moved through the tables on the draft floor on Saturday as a man on a mission. On Friday night, the Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager acquired a defenceman — Griffin Reinhart — and on Saturday, he was looking to again bolster the backend, this time between the pipes.
About five picks into the second round, Chiarelli walked over to the end of the draft floor to have a discussion with player agent George Bazos. He then walked over to the New York Rangers table and tapped GM Glen Sather on the back and the two engaged in a discussion. Chiarelli left the Rangers to chat with his own organization toward the stage. The dance continued.
Oilers Assistant GM Bill Scott approached the Rangers table, trade card in hand. Together, he and Rangers Assistant GM Jeff Gorton had further discussions. Talks went back and forth with phone calls between tables and eventually the two team representatives, Scott and Gorton, retired to the exit leading to the NHL Central Registry and Trades table.
Shortly thereafter, the trade was announced. Cam Talbot was an Oiler, and for the price of the 57th, 79th and 184th overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.
“It’s just a matter of the communication,” said Chiarelli. “Keep going with the communication and see where the market is going. I wanted to use the 33 in that other deal. I always think there are more goalies than teams right now. 'Slats' was good to deal with. He was a little difficult but he was good and he was good to us.”
continued (good read)...
I was expecting Jim Nance to appear with Daryl Katz to help put the Green Jacket on McDavid.
via Edmonton Oilers press release,
Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, with the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Oilers have selected centre Connor McDavid from the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Erie Otters.
McDavid, 18, has spent the past three seasons with the Otters, recording 285 points (97G, 188A), 104 penalty minutes and a +83 rating in 166 career games. His 285 points are second most in Otters franchise history.
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