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McDavid can get faster, so says his skating coach

Over at the Hockey News, Ken Campbell spoke to Connor McDavid’s skating coach, Joe Quinn, who’s been working with Connor since he was in the sixth grade. In the interview, Quinn talks about McDavid being able to get even faster than he already is and having “lots of room to improve.” Let’s break it down.

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RNH: Last year I wouldn’t have tried that play

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had zero goals in the first ten games last season. He finished with 18 goals in 82 games. He only had 12 goals in 55 games in 2016, which prorates to 17.8 over an 82-game season. Nugent-Hopkins has underperformed offensively the past two seasons, but so far this year he looks like he…

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Getting to know Edmonton Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner

“Definitely one of the best moments of my life,” said a smiling Stuart Skinner when I asked him about being selected 78th overall by his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers. “It was pretty cool hearing my name and I was kind of shocked about it” added the 18-year-old puck stopper. “Once I put on that…

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Connor McDavid doesn’t care about your hockey team

After taking a summer hiatus, Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts is back and it is once again a must read for any hockey fan. In this week’s edition, Friedman touches on a couple of McDavid points that I want to dig into a little bit further. 

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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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Kris Russell is ready to step up his game

Over at Global, friend of the Nation, Reid Wilkins, posted a conversation with Kris Russell where he spoke about stepping up his game, consistency on defence, and being ready for the challenge that his new contract presents.

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Schwartz discusses new role with the WHL, Talbot, Brossoit and more

Edmonton Oilers goalie coach Dustin Schwartz has earned a reputation as being one of the brightest goalie coaches in the hockey industry. The 38-year-old from Stettler, Alberta has built a solid resume. He played four years in the WHL, then spent five season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears and graduated in 2005. He…

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Darnell Nurse talks about the upcoming season

Over at Sportsnet, they posted a quick media scrum with Darnell Nurse at the Biosteel Camp where he spoke about his own progression, Oilers expectations, and having the dynamic duo locked in for the next eight years.