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Erik Cole Brings Back Ryan Smyth Memories

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

So I’ll predict that this year (Erik) Cole get both kinds of luck, good and bad, and put him at 63 games and 55 points.

He will also hit, bleed, screen, bull, scrape, muck and grind enough to conjure up valid visions of Ryan Smyth.

And, as the season progresses, all of that will put Kevin Lowe in the same extremely difficult position as he was with Smyth: figuring just out how much to pay over how many years for a skilled, tough and admirable player, but one with a history of injury.

It will be a difficult, controversial decision and it’s one of the main story lines of the year

much more on the roll Cole will play this year…

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Penner Now A Checker

from Joanne Irelend of the Edmonton Journal,

The role has changed. Dramatically.

But now that Dustin Penner has been moved on to the Edmonton Oilers’ checking line so, too, have the expectations.

“Normally, it would be a real step back for a guy who has played all those minutes on the first line and got first line power-play minutes,” head coach Craig MacTavish said.

continued

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Excitement Grows In Edmonton

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

“Being around the game as long as I have, I know enough to know that we have a really good chance to do some great things this year,” MacTavish said….

“That’s why we’re all excited. Everybody is healthy, the young players have developed, we have lots of depth in virtually every position. We’re all very curious to see what we’ve got.”

In Erik Cole and Lubomir Visnovsky, the Oilers have brought in a couple of players capable of generating the same impact Peca and Pronger had.

more on the Oilers…

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Morning Line

“For us, the question is, how’s the development going to go? Is it going to increase incrementally? Or are we going to suffer a setback at some point with these young guys? Based on the way we finished last year, you’d think we’re going to be right there. That’s certainly our objective this year, to win the division – and I think it’s a very realistic goal.”

-Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.  More from the coach from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Protection For Hemsky Needed

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Having an intimidating force such as nasty Chris Pronger on the team did give the Oilers’ team toughness during that playoff run—each Oiler played as if he was three inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. But when Pronger left, so did much of team’s edge.

Since then, in the past two years, Hemsky has taken a number of savage hits, many of them illegal late hits, partly because of his propensity to overhandle the puck, which gives time for various thugs to line him up, but also because other teams have feared no retribution.

There’s been no Dave Semenko, no Dave Brown, no Laraque to come over the boards and take revenge. Unless that changes this season, I’m hesitant to predict that Hemsky will play more than 50 or 60 games.

more on the Oilers…

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This Year’s Team To Watch

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Every season, I try to identify an “it” team. You know, that team that improves so much, or comes out of nowhere, etc.

Last season, I predicted the Washington Capitals would finally get back into the playoffs (so did my ESPN.com colleague Scott Burnside). OK, so it took until the final week of the regular season, but they did indeed make the big dance and were a great story around the league.

This season, I think it’s a no-brainer—the Edmonton Oilers.

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A Fighting Chance

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

In his year and a half with Saint-Hyacinthe of the Quebec-based North American Hockey League, Sean McMorrow racked up an eye-popping, knuckle-bruising 693 penalty minutes.

He had 87 fights in 48 games last season, and is now trying to earn a job with the Edmonton Oilers.

“My first year of pro, I played with the Rochester Americans and I lead the AHL that year in fights with 41,” McMorrow said. “I never thought I would get more than that.

read on

If you want to check out some of the fights Sean has been involved in, check out this YouTube page.

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Cole Will Play His Game

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

But if you think the seriousness of the injury has made the power forward shy away from the heavy going, think again.

“You learn to play the game a certain way, and if that style’s been successful and you’ve come all this way, it’s hard to change,” Cole said earlier this week as he skated with several other NHLers at Kinsmen Arena, preparing for the opening of the Oilers’ main training camp on Friday, Sept. 19.

“I’ve always played a hard-nosed style.” Cole was apprehensive in his first playoff game after breaking his neck. His Carolina teammates had unexpectedly lost Game 5 of the final in overtime on Fernando Pisani’s short-handed goal and had to fly clear across the continent after coming tantalizingly close to winning the series on home ice.

“It wasn’t an ideal situation to play my first game,” confessed Cole.

more

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Oilers Talk

from The Cult of Hockey,

The Oilers aren’t actively looking to make a trade right now, but do have their eye on one guy as a training camp invite. (Dan) Tencer (630CHED) guessed faceoff specialist Yanic Perreault, but Lowe shot that down and wouldn’t say who the player was.

Lowe said the team was looking for the right kind of enforcer, and this summer pursued Georqes Laraque and one other unnamed player, who went to another NHL team. “It’s got to be the right fit.”

Lowe said that tough guy Zack Stortini does put the fear of God into some people, but added, “Maybe not in Derek Boogaard and some of the heavyweights.”

more Oilers talk…

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Praise For Horcoff

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Shawn Horcoff is under-rated no more in in his own hometown. The majority of Oilers fans have come to see the self-made player as an outstanding first liner, an all star, good enough to compete for a spot as a fourth line energy player on Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

There is no aspect of the game that Horcoff hasn’t mastered: shooting, passing, skating, checking, faceoffs, defensive zone coverage. And the numbers prove it, according to Oilers fans at least.

But others aren’t so sure.

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