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Jay and Dan are here to help

Since the mood has been a little bit tense around here over the past few days, I thought that now would be the perfect time to share this post from TSN’s Jay and Dan to lighten up the atmosphere. 

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WWYDW: Hit the panic button or walk away from the ledge?

Have you heard? The Oilers are four games into the season and they only have one win. They’re nearly at the bottom of the NHL’s standings, sitting in 30th place ahead of only the hapless Buffalo Sabres. I thought the Decade of Darkness was over?! That brings us to this week’s what would you do Wednesday question….

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Hurricanes 5, Oilers 3 post-game Oil Spills: The defence got blown away

This isn’t the start that anybody expected. The Oilers dropped their fourth-straight game last night, this time at the hands of the quick, skilled Carolina Hurricanes, who feasted on Edmonton’s sloppy defence. The Oilers had a strong game offensive, as you can see by the fact they more than doubled Carolina in the shot column,…

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Around The Pacific: Golden Knights off to a surprisingly good start

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  After a couple weeks of hockey, the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings are at the top of the Pacific Division while the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks can’t score goals. What’s going…

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Why Connor McDavid is lethal to goaltenders: an in-net perspective

On opening night, Connor McDavid scored three goals — putting up a natural hat trick in his first game of the season, the first player to do so since Radim Vrbata pulled off the feat in 2013 (and only the second since 1944. From a player-to-player perspective, McDavid’s talent is immeasurable. He’s so much faster…

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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report 2017-18 Debut

Guess what injury fans, my weekly report is back and it’s stronger than ever thanks to our friends at the Capilano Rehab Centre. After the first year of the Injury Report in 2015-16, the people said “Chris YOU SUCK! Connor McDavid has a broken collarbone and it’s all your fault!” After ignoring many angry emails…

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What’s Wrong with the Oilers?

Two weeks in and things haven’t gone as planned for the Edmonton Oilers. While many pegged them as a Stanley Cup contender, they’ve stumbled after their shutout win against Calgary on opening night. What’s concerning about the Oilers and how much should fans worry? Is this just a slow start or a result of a…

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Can the Oilers afford McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins long term?

The Edmonton Oilers cap situation gets serious next season. Connor McDavid’s mega-extension kicks in then, which will make him the league’s highest paid player at $12.5 million per year, and the Oilers will have roughly $13 million to sign 10 players, including Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, and Mark Letestu. Conventional thinking…

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By the Numbers: Exactly how good are the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers have put their decade of embarrassment behind them and are on a new path of respectability. The Oilers are a good team now, but how good are they? Are they among the league’s contenders, or just a pretty good team who has a chance once they make the playoffs? This is a…

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NHL Draft Scout Series: QMJHL

Shifting the series back to Canada, we sit down with Scott Wheeler of FutureConsiderations and The Toronto Star to discuss prospects from the CHL’s most Eastern league: the QMJHL. The Q always seems to have an interesting crop of prospects given the league’s penchant for skill and notoriety for lack of defense. Last year they provided the third…

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Finland

We continue along with the NHL Draft Scout Series with a look at a country that has turned in some sensational drafts in recent years, and doesn’t look to be slowing down much: Finland. Marco Bombino of McKeen’s and @FINjrhockey joins us to discuss an extremely strong Finnish contingent for the 2017 NHL Draft.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Sweden

Chugging along steadily with the NHL Draft Scout Series, we cross the pond to Sweden, factory of great defenceman and a seemingly ageless people (yes, I’m looking at you Henrik Lundqvist). To talk about the 2017 crop of Swedish prospects for the NHL Draft, we are joined by FutureConsiderations scout Chapin Landvogt after the jump.

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Western Conference

We looked yesterday at all of the good stuff from the first round in the Eastern Conference. Today, let’s go through everything that went down in the wild West. Edmonton? Winning something other than a draft lottery? The Hawks? Can barely even score one goal? Jake Allen is Dominik Hasek now? Playoff hockey, my friends. It’s the…

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Eastern Conference

If you needed a reminder that the playoffs are mostly a complete and total crapshoot, you needn’t look any further than what just transpired over the last few weeks. Boston, out. Chicago, out. Minnesota, out. The teams with the third, fourth, and fifth best records in the league are already done. Still, though, the postseason…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #6 – Timothy Liljegren

The mighty have fallen. Timothy Liljegren entered the 2016-17 season as the undisputed best 2017 NHL Entry Draft eligible defender with the chance at pushing for first overall for all skaters. Now some establishments have dropped him as far as within the 20s. What happened? Obviously from where we rank Liljegren you can already tell…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #10 – Miro Heiskanen

Yes, that is no typo. We ranked Heiskanen 10th overall — although not every individual did not rank Heiskanen specifically at 10th overall. While Heiskanen has risen up the rankings, with the infamous U18 bump, we value him slightly less, relatively speaking. We do view Heiskanen, though, as one of the best defenders available this draft.

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #16 – Juuso Välimäki

Over the past few years, Finland produced one first round NHL draft defenders: Rasmus Ristolainen, Julius Honka, Olli Juolevi. This year may produce two with Miro Heiskanen and Juuso Välimäki. Valimaki brings it all as a very complete two-way defender. The young Finn has been compared to Olli Juolevi due to his overall game, but Valimaki…

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Healthy, Motivated Ethan Bear Keen to Make the Edmonton Oilers

A veteran of a combined 314 regular season and playoff games over parts of five seasons with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, Bear has seen more than your average 20-year-old. He might be young, but one thing Bear isn’t short on is experience. ICYMI: #Oilers prospect Ethan Bear was named WHL Defenceman of the Year and…

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Dmitri Samorukov Overcoming the Difficulties of a North American Transition

When Dmitri Samorukov joined the OHL’s Guelph Storm after going second overall in the CHL Import Draft, that billing came with lofty expectations that only added to the overwhelming challenges that already accompany leaving your country at 17-years-old to play hockey halfway across the globe. Just take into account some of the obstacles that lay…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #7 – Casey Mittelstadt

The USHL has quickly become one of the best junior hockey leagues in the world, producing more and more drafted prospects with each passing year, to the point where it has now surpassed the QMJHL in terms of player graduation. This year is no different, as a number of USHL players have been ranked in…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #8 – Nick Suzuki

Coming in at #8 on our consensus ranking is Owen Sound Attack centre Nick Suzuki. Suzuki was one of the OHL’s most prolific players this season, finishing fifth in scoring and first among first-time draft-eligible players. Despite scoring at a rate consistent with a top-five pick, Suzuki has been ranked in the late first round…

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Feature: Deciding between Major Junior and NCAA development

On May 4th, 230 of western North America’s young hockey prodigies were selected at this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. Unlike the OHL and QMJHL (which joins the WHL under the CHL umbrella), WHL teams select players that have just completed their 15-year-old season as opposed to after their 16-year-old season. It’s weird to think that…

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Game Day Notes: Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks

For the second time in three games, the Oilers face a team who played the night before. Ottawa spanked them 6-1 this past Saturday after defeating Calgary 6-0 the night before, and tonight they face a Chicago Blackhawks team who lost 5-3 in St. Louis last night. The Oilers are desperate for a victory. Here’s a…

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GDB 6.0: Just Win (6:30pm MST, SN1)

Win ugly. Win pretty. Just #@&*-ing win. An Edmonton loss in Chicago combined with an Arizona victory versus Dallas tonight would put the Oilers in a position they’ve never been in their 38-year existence. 31st place.

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Major mistakes are costing Oilers

It is difficult to win in the NHL at the best of times, but it is almost impossible to win when you continually gift wrap glorious scoring chances for your opponents. Right now the Oilers are their own worst enemy. The Oilers aren’t losing due to a lack of talent. They have enough skill to…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #2 – Nico Hischier

From an under-the-radar darkhorse to a 50/50 shot at going first overall, Nico Hischier has had a meteoric rise this season. The word perhaps most commonly used to describe him: electric. Lightning quick, and oozing skill and finesse, Hischier has top line point producer written all over him. The dichotomy between Hischier and Nolan Patrick…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #3 – Cody Glass

Winnipeg native Cody Glass can do it all. He’s a smart, playmaking centre, he can score goals, he’s an excellent skater, and he plays a physical puck possession game. He’s one of the more complete players in this draft class, which is all the more impressive consideration that he was hardly on the radar at…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #4 – Gabriel Vilardi

For most of this season, Gabriel Vilardi has been viewed as a probable top five selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His position in the rankings faltered a little bit of late, though much of this had to do with excessive hype around Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar than anything Vilardi has done or…

WJC Canada Postgame: Barzal Shines in Canada’s Opener

Embed from Getty Images In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.   Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods.  The team seemed to be…

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Athletes didn’t drag politics into sport – it was already there

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in an untenable position this week. The 2017 Stanley Cup champions had a choice to make. They could tour the White House and meet the President of the United States, as previous winners have done, thereby enraging his many vocal detractors. Alternatively, they could skip the event, provoking the same…

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Key to the Highway

Based on reports Leon Draisaitl may return to the lineup as early as Saturday. Todd McLellan’s shuffle appears to have possibly hit on a second line (Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin and Ryan Strome) and allows the coach to move Draisaitl back to the top line—at least in theory. Drake Caggiula may also return this week, but…

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Weekend Update, October 15 2017

Kailer Yamamoto leads this week’s performances for Oilers prospects, the young winger is playing in the NHL (3gp, 0-1-1) and delivered his first point at that level this week. He is averaging 12 minutes a night and has 10 shots in those three games. There are no guarantees he’ll stay past nine games, and maybe…

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Game Day Notes: Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers

The weather is nice for this time of year, we just had Thanksgiving and this is one of my favourite points on the calendar. However, a week without Oilers hockey is a trying time for all citizens of this northern town. It was made doubly difficult by two losses leading up to this ridiculously early…

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Calm Down Already

Alright, things aren’t good right now. I think it’s fair to say this start is concerning to everyone, even the really optimistic people. That said, we can afford to acknowledge the issues without scrambling for the ejector seat button. There are reasons to believe the team will push through this skid.

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Kassian is…the best?

We are three games into this season and the never ending tryout on the right side of the forward lines is still happening. Time to panic? Debatable. Time to evaluate the life choices that brought us here? Definitely.

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Early October Air

If there is a more hopeful time than just before the season starts then I have surely not experienced it. Everything is possible and pure in early October. The dreams of children and grown men are restored once again. Only the ice is fresher than faces of the rookies wearing sweaters that hang off them…

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Because It’s The Cap: Arizona Coyotes Offseason Preview

This article is part of a 30-team series based at NHLNumbers.com. Each Nation Network team page will have articles posted relevant to the team’s respective division.  Nobody really expected the Arizona Coyotes to come out of the gate flying, although they took something of a step forward in 2015-16. If you’ve forgotten: They finished the year…

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Friday Fights presented by Hockey Fights

Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week. The season…

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I’m living MY Fantasy — Are you in?

The season rapidly approaching. Not a speck of light is showing So the danger must be growing Are the fires of last place Hell a-glowing Is the grisly reaper baggedmilk mowing Yes, the fomo must be growing For the drafters keep on drafting And they’re certainly not showing As excitement builds for the season, so…

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The Roundup

Exploring the Leafs and Oilers future cap troubles; Brock Boeser needs to play in Van; Ken Holland handled Athanasiou right; Flames break a very long curse; Canadian team power rankings and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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The Roundup

Oilers and Leafs start strong; The Flames land Jagr; Exploring the best Flames team in 10 years; Old problems remain for Jets; A few youngsters make the Canucks; Loads of pre season predictions, fatherhood and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.

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Last call for NationDrafts!

This week marks the last chance to enter the new NationDrafts contest presented by Londonderry Dodge Chrysler Jeep. If you haven’t picked your 21-man roster and entered your free team, here’s a quick overview of some of the most important draft boxes below. Just a reminder, the grand prize is $5,000 in Visa Gift Cards!…

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The Way I See It

When you have a fan base as passionate as the Edmonton Oilers do, overreaction comes as part of the deal. It’s no surprise then, with the Oilers off to a 1-3 start after getting waxed in Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place, some of the same people who picked the Oilers…

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That’s Entertainment

I still enjoy watching a good hockey fight. Despite having all kinds of reasons, most by way of first-hand experience, to know bare-knuckle brawling isn’t great for the brain or the long-term health of the person that brain belongs to, I’ve never once turned away when the leather hits the ice and punches start to…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Jason Strudwick (10)

Jason Strudwick is a man of many talents. Aside from re-inventing names and mangling the English language as a guffawing radio talk show host and pushing the human limits of singing off-key as a member of the Bubblegum Gang, Strudwick’s most noteworthy, and probably unlikely, accomplishment is that he hung around the NHL for 674…

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In Search of the Real Milan Lucic

Most interviews with hockey players, and really all pro athletes in North America, are immediately forgettable. The player says little of substance, usually throws in a cliché or two, and the whole things is over relatively quickly, and wiped from my memory shortly thereafter. There are exceptions to this obviously, but nine times out of…

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Spend the money and find this year’s Kris Russell

Yesterday morning I stepped outside to light my barbeque and begin my preparations for the Eskimos annual Labour Day game in Calgary (for me the barbeque was the best part of the day), and I noticed that it didn’t feel like summer anymore. That I was barefoot and standing on concrete helped drive the point…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #1 – Nolan Patrick

We’ve reached the end of the glorious Nation Network prospect profiles for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft with the first ranked prospect, Nolan Patrick. Coming off an injury plagued off season and regular season, there are a lot of questions and debate about whether Patrick truly is the best prospect in this draft. But there is…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: # 12 – Kailer Yamamoto

Coming in as the 13th best prospect of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is diminutive Kailer Yamamoto. He’s tore up the WHL for two years but because of his small stature falls down the draft boards. That doesn’t take away from the talent he possesses. Yamamoto is one of the most skilled and dynamic players…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #21 – Ryan Poehling

Coming in as the 21st ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL entry draft is St Cloud State University centre Ryan Poehling. A combination of size, vision and leadership that teams will covet, Poehling completed his freshman season in the NCAA with his two brothers, Jack and Nick. Ryan didn’t blow the doors off at St…

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Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract 2017 sticks with what works

There are few things in life more anxiety-riddling than joining a conversation mid-stream and feeling utterly, completely lost. The rise of the first wave of hockey analytics writers occurred as I was going through high school and university, and by the time I turned my attention away from other pursuits and onto figuring out what…

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Because It’s The Cap: Calgary Flames Offseason Preview

This article is part of a 30-team series based at NHLNumbers.com. Each Nation Network team page will have articles posted relevant to the team’s respective division.  The Calgary Flames had an eventful 2016-17 season. Armed with a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan, new contracts for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, and a pair of…

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Because It’s The Cap: Vancouver Canucks Offseason Preview

This article is part of a 30-team series based at NHLNumbers.com. Each Nation Network team page will have articles posted relevant to the team’s respective division.  29th in the league in goals for, 24th in goals against, and 29th in points, the Vancouver Canucks just plain sucked in 2016-2017. Let’s take a closer look at…

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DANGLE THIS WEEK: THE FINGER

This is a picture right before Dave Hanson lived out most of your dreams and punched me square in the face. It was awesome, though. I even thanked him.

DANGLE THIS WEEK: TEARS FOR FRANKIE

@Steve_Dangle pic.twitter.com/1AAICIbqoM — Cass Anders (@_MAF29) November 10, 2016 When I’m not crying about Frank Corrado, I write here once per week. OILERSNATION Connor McDavid hasn’t scored for a while now but his three-assist performance against the Penguins was a great statement despite the loss.

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Dangle Says Words

Hi everybody! It’s annoying Leafs person. WAIT! Wait… This isn’t a Leafs blog. The Nation Network overlord people thought it would be fun for me to try a weekly nation-wide post. I told them that I don’t get nearly enough hate on the Sportsnet Facebook page so that sounds like a great idea. Here’s a few…

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Oh what a…feeling?

Alright, it’s been a week. We’ve had time to cope and reflect, both as a city and in our own individual ways (a lot less orange, basically). It’s been a while since we’ve had to deal with a disappointing end to a successful season. So, how ya feeling?

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Weekly Recap: Oil Kings salvage the split

It was a quiet week for the Oil Kings as they only played a couple of games over Thanksgiving week. They started things off by playing host to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday with a chance to climb back to .500 on the year.

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The sky is falling vol. 15035

There is always one person on the rollercoaster that gets to the end of the ride and says, “That’s all there is?” For as long as there have been ups there have been downs and there are always people who are going to bitch and complain right to a Stanley Cup win, then immediately start…

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The Era of Squeee is Over

With news that Jordan Eberle was traded to the New York Islanders today for Ryan Strome a chapter of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club book has officially closed. The era of Squee is over.

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PLAYOFF DRAMA

For the first time in the 2017 NHL Playoffs (which the Oilers are in for the 1st time in 11 years btw) we find ourselves trailing in the second round (meaning we got past the 1st) and people be TRIPPIN! Since when does an NHL record for collapse mean we panic around these parts?

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Oilers send back Skinner, four others

Sunday evening, the Oilers announced the reassignment of five players back to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams. Kirill Maksimov – Niagara (OHL) – 3 GP – 2-2-4 Ostap Safin – St. John (QMJHL) – 2 GP – 1 -0 -1 Dmitri Samorukov – Guelph (OHL) – 2 GP – 0 – 0 – 0…

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Talbot named one of the NHL’s best goaltenders

On Sunday night, Cam Talbot got named one of the NHL’s best goaltenders on the NHL Network’s countdown series Top 10 Goalies Right now. Making his debut on the second annual countdown, Talbot ranked seventh overall – one spot higher than the goalie he used to back up in Henrik Lundqvist. The list was counted down…

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Oilers hire Burda as director of European scouting

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Vaclav Burda as their director of European scouting, a role he has held with the Ottawa Senators since 2008. Burda, a native of Prague, Czech Republic played pro hockey in Europe for over a decade. He played for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech league, then later Luleå HF in the…