Looking Back at the 2015 Young Stars

Jonathan Willis
September 16 2016 08:00AM

Every year, the NHL’s 30 teams invite a bunch of undrafted and unsigned young players to play with their prospects in a rookie tournament. The Oilers are no exception, and recently unveiled their roster for the 2016 Penticton Young Stars tournament.

What should we expect from the unsigned hopefuls on the list? Looking at what ultimately happened with last year’s group gives us a decent idea.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 16 2016 05:00AM


The Nation Network acquires General Fanager, all the World Cup news and previews you can handle, Leafs Top 9 offense, Flames have to get Gaudreau done, honoring Joe Louis arena in Detroit, Oilers open doors to Rogers Place, the "Yzer-plan, 2016 Fantasy Hockey draft guide and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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September 15 2016 03:00PM

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This is a tale of trial and error, failure, determination, and triumph. Oh and fancy advanced statistics. So many fancy statistics.

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Questions on defence: Part One

Jason Gregor
September 15 2016 11:16AM

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There has been a lot of discussion and debate in Oilersnation about forward line combinations and the best combos for success. It is in an interesting topic, but for me the play of the Oilers defencemen will have a much larger impact on where they finish in the standings.

The Oilers overall team defence needs to improve, but the play of the D-men will be crucial if they hope to lower their goals against. Of course Cam Talbot will need to play well, but he doesn't need to be out of this world if the defence is solid. Last season 19 goalies started 50+ games, and Talbot's .917sv% was 12th.

Only Ben Bishop (.926), Cory Schneider, Corey Crawford (.924), Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo (.922), Marc-Andre Fleury (.921) and Henrk Lundqvist (.920) were above .920. If Talbot had allowed five fewer goals he'd been at .920. Better defence should lean do fewer quality scoring chances, and I believe Talbot is good enough to be around .920 this season.

Will the defencemen be better?

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2016 World Cup of Hockey Preview: Group A

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2016 07:30AM

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With the preliminary round out of the way, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is ready to get down to the contests that actually count this weekend. Group A will feature the marquee matchup of Canada vs. the United States, along with the less-heralded Czech Republic and Team Europe.

Here’s how those countries stack up.

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