Video Highlights: Anton Belov

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2013 10:37AM

Steve Dangle of Leafs Nation spent part of his time during the lockout doing KHL highlights in English for the North American audience, and reminded me there was a bunch of Anton Belov video there. The hit above earned Belov a minor penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.

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Jason Gregor
May 31 2013 08:43AM

It is hard to find a lot of information on the newest member of the Edmonton Oilers, Anton Belov, but this video shows he knows how to score.

Belov turns 27 in July, stands 6'4" and weighs 215 pounds. He's played in Russia his entire life. He played his first four years of pro hockey with CSKA Moscow, and he's spent the past five seasons playing for Omsk Avangard in the KHL. He's coming off his best offensive season, 9 goals and 26 points in 46 games, but prior to that he'd never scored more than 4 goals or 14 points.

I tracked down Dmirty Chesnokov, a Russian reporter who covers the NHL and KHL to get a quick scouting report on Belov.

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May 31 2013 06:36AM

Bill Guerin was a power forward, and an extremely effective NHL player. During his time in an Oiler uniform, Guerin supplied the Oilers with a valuable combination of size, skill, grit and toughness. Since he left Edmonton, Oiler fans have had an annual reminder about just how unique power forwards are, and how much of a difference they can make to a skill line. 

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Jason Gregor
May 30 2013 10:57PM

For the second consecutive season the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, OKC Barons are in the 3rd round of the AHL playoffs. The Barons lead the Red Wings farm team, Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1, with game four tomorrow night in OKC. Earlier today Todd Nelson joined Robin Brownlee and I on my radio show to get an update on his team and specifically the play of Tyler Pitlick, Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Fedun, Martin Marincin, Toni Rajala, Marc Arcobello and Ben Eager.

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Report: Oilers interview Paul Maurice for coaching job

Jonathan Willis
May 30 2013 02:34PM

It appears the Edmonton Oilers' search for a quality assistant to join Ralph Krueger's staff is well under way. TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted a report that the team had interviewed former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice and was also potentially interested in former Phoenix Coyotes head coach Rick Bowness.

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