WORDS AND MUSIC ON CONNOR MCDAVID

Lowetide
April 21 2015 02:41PM

The draft lottery means there's a lot more focus (among Oilers fans) on Connor McDavid. We all know he's touched by God, this is a young man who was famous early on. We've seen the video, heard the words, cheered at the World Juniors. How much do we know about Connor McDavid beyond the hype?

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Report: Edmonton Oilers have reached out to Todd McLellan

Jonathan Willis
April 21 2015 11:56AM

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Todd McLellan, most recently the head coach of the San Jose Sharks, has been out of work for all of a day now. Still, as the saying goes it’s the early bird that gets the head coaching candidate with a distinguished resume, which explains why Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman passed along a report on Monday that the Edmonton Oilers had already reached out to him.

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Monday Musings: McDavid

Jason Gregor
April 20 2015 04:15PM


What a weekend for Oilersnation. It was a wonderful surprise. The Oilers continued their dominance in the lottery. 

In 2010, they had a 25% of winning the lottery and won.
In 2011, they had a 48.3% or retaining the pick, and they did after #8 New Jersey won, but could only move up to #4.
In 2012, they had a 18.8% chance of winning and they moved up from #2 to #1.
On Saturday they only had an 11.5% chance, but lady luck was once again on their side, and this time they moved up from #3 to #1 and won the opportunity to draft phenom Connor McDavid.

Oilers fans rejoiced. You yelled out loud. You fist pumped. You high-fived everyone and you celebrated like it was 2006 all over again. And you should have. It was awesome.

One lottery can't erase nine years of losing, but it sure can make the future look a bit brighter, and now it is up to management to ensure this once-proud organization can learn how to win again.

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Bob Nicholson: It's All About What He Didn't Say

Jonathan Willis
April 20 2015 01:51PM

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On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers unveiled former Hockey Canada head Bob Nicholson as the new CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group. Nicholson left no room for doubt as to his authority, telling assembled media that everyone in the organization now reports to him.

Less clear was precisely what he plans to do with his new authority. 

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Jonathan Willis
April 20 2015 10:40AM

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Two years into his tenure as general manager, Craig MacTavish has an uninspiring record. He’s had some good moves, some bad moves, and overall failed to significantly improve the team he inherited from fired predecessor Steve Tambellini.

On Saturday he was handed a lifeline in the form of Connor McDavid, the finest amateur prospect the NHL has seen since at least Sidney Crosby a decade ago. The stagnant team and the errors along the way aren’t going to matter, as long as he can get it right from here on out.

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