Daniil Zharkov: In his own words

Andrey Osadchenko
June 27 2012 12:06AM

Late in the third round the Oilers used their fourth pick to draft a Russian winger from Belleville Bulls - Daniil Zharkov. Given the fact he was ranked pretty high in pre-draft rankings, you may consider him a steal, especially if you get familiarized with the story of his life.

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Jason Gregor
June 26 2012 09:30PM

The Oilers will finally announce their next head coach and they will be promoting Ralph Krueger from associate coach to head coach at a press conference tomorrow morning.

Who is Ralph Krueger?

Ralph Krueger was born August 31st, 1959 in Winnipeg. He played minor hockey in Manitoba, all the way up to the MJHL with Assiniboine, before spending one full season with the Calgary Wranglers of the WHL where he tallied 28 goals and 83 points in 62 games.

With no feelers in the NHL, he flew to Germany and had a very productive eleven seasons. Krueger was a scoring right-winger tallying 314 goals and 617 points in 452 games. He then retired and went right into coaching. He was an assistant for a few years in Germany, before a very successful run as head coach in Switzerland.

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Free agency again?

Jason Strudwick
June 26 2012 01:02PM

July 1st is right around the corner and that means the start of the NHL free agent frenzy is almost upon us. Players have met with their agents to lay out a game plan so they are prepared to make the big decision. Then they just have to sit back and wait for the phone to ring.

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Jason Gregor
June 26 2012 10:31AM

At 1 p.m. today the NHL will announce the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. There is a maximum of four male players, two female and two builders allowed each year.

This year has an interesting crop of players who are eligible for the first time. Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin and Jeremy Roenick headline the list of new players who can be voted in. But there are still a few players who have yet to get inducted, despite being eligible for a few years, most notably Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Eric Lindros.

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June 25 2012 10:23PM

Over these last few weeks I've enjoyed passing along some of my "secrets of a draft geek" insider information. Hope it wasn't too boring, and as a final stanza here are a few observations from the weekend.

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