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2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Edmonton Oilers ’15-16 Outlook


With Connor McDavid in the fold there’s a renewed sense of optimism in Edmonton, and rightfully so. The 18-year-old is the best player to come out of the NHL Draft since Sidney Crosby did in 2005.

McDavid finished last season with 44 goals and 120 points while appearing 47 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters. He added 21 goals and 49 points in 20 playoff games. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound center won both the OHL and CHL player of the year.

Oilers’ GM Peter Chiarelli knows there’ll bumps in the road for his star forward as he adjusts to the NHL game.

“He does have some challenges that he’ll have to meet as any good, young, elite prospect will have,” said Chiarelli. “It’s a strong game, strong players and they lean on you. He’s smart, he’ll figure that out, but he’s going to have some learning curves.”

Front office shakeup

Former Hockey Canada boss Bob Nicholson is now in charge, and has left his mark on the organization in the few months since taking over as the Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

Chiarelli along with head coach Todd McLellan represent a new era in Edmonton. Nicholson has since re-assigned Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe.

Joining McLellan behind the bench are three new assistant coaches in Jay Woodcroft, Jim Johnson and Ian Herbers.

As Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur said in April, “They’re not the same old Oilers, and that’s a start.”

What to expect

Despite addressing issues in goal (Cam Talbot) and making additions to the blue line (Griffin Reinhart, Eric Gryba and Andrej Sekera), the Edmonton Oilers chances of ending their nine-year playoff drought are slim at best.

Given the Oilers play in the Pacific Division with the likes of the Anaheim Ducks, L.A. Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, making the playoffs is this season is unrealistic.

The Oilers have not reached the 30 win mark in a season since 2011-12 (32) and should see an improvement on their 24-44-14 record from last season.

Related: Oilers’ biggest question: What about the blue line?

More trades: Oilers send Marincin to Leafs, get Gryba from Sens

Martin Marincin

New Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli stayed busy on Day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft — shortly after acquiring Cam Talbot from New York, Chiarelli shipped out d-man Martin Marincin to Toronto, then acquired blueliner Eric Gryba from Ottawa.

The deals:

Marincin, a 23-year-old pending RFA, appeared in 41 games for Edmonton last year, scoring five points. The former second-round pick (46th overall, 2010) has split most of the last three seasons between the Oilers and their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Gryba, 27, heads to Edmonton with a more polished NHL resume and one year left on his two-year, $2.5 million deal. The Boston University product is coming off his best season, posting career highs in games (75) and points (12). He’ll be part of a new-look Oilers blueline next season, which will likely feature Griffin Reinhart — acquired from the Islanders yesterday — and Darnell Nurse, who could become a full-time NHLer next season.

Video: Prust sparks melee by spearing goalie Anderson

Prust, Anderson

The Ottawa Senators earned a 5-1 victory over Montreal in Game 5 tonight, but just before the contest ended, Canadiens forward Brandon Prust started a skirmish by spearing Craig Anderson.

The Senators goaltender took exception to that and things ballooned from there, as you can see below:

Brandon Prust got a double minor while Patrick Wiercioch was handed a roughing penalty. P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba each got a 10-minute misconduct.

“Sure sign of frustration is when they’re taking cheap shots at your goaltender,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said after the game, per the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan. “I’ve known Prust a long time. That was cheap.”

Montreal certainly has plenty of reasons to be frustrated with Anderson. The Canadiens had a 3-0 series lead, but they’ve lost two in a row and Anderson has now stopped 120 of 123 shots in this series.

While the incident seemed to bother Anderson in the heat of the moment, after the contest he was willing to move on.

“No harm, no foul,” he told TSN’s Ian Mendes.

Report: No fine for Cameron after threatening retaliation on Habs


Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron won’t be fined for his remarks following a contentious Game 1 of the Sens-Habs series, per Sportsnet.

Cameron, upset about the slash P.K. Subban delivered on Mark Stone during Montreal’s 4-3 win Wednesday night, ominously suggested that if Subban didn’t receive a suspension — which he didn’t — the Sens would have to take matters into their own hands.

“I think it’s an easy solution,” he said in his postgame remarks. “You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and just give us five [major penalty].

“Not that complicated.”

Cameron, coaching in his first-ever playoff series, could’ve been subjected to a $25,000 fine for those remarks, per TSN. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has protocol in place that forbids teams to lobby the league for supplemental discipline 48 hours following a game and/or hearing and, as Bob McKenzie tweeted last night, that prohibition “extends to include formal team statements to the media.”

Like a postgame press conference, for example.

Per Sportsnet and ESPN, warnings have been issued to both Montreal and Ottawa about their conduct moving forward. Just don’t expect those warnings to do much — these two teams have a nasty history, stemming from the ’13 playoff series that included Eric Gryba’s devastating hit on Lars Eller, and the subsequent Player 61/bug eyed fat walrus stuff between the habs and then-Sens head coach Paul MacLean.

Sens’ Gryba calls out Blues for ‘yapping,’ and you won’t be shocked who was involved

Anaheim Ducks v St. Louis Blues

Blues forward Maxim Lapierre didn’t earn the name Yappy Lappy for nothing. And last night against the Senators, he was at it again, drawing the ire of Ottawa’s Eric Gryba in the process.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

“You can only take so much yapping from some of their players before it gets the guys fired up,” Gryba said. “It paid off in the end.”

Gryba didn’t mention any players by name, but it’s clear the Senators were disturbed by the antics of Maxim Lapierre, in particular. Several players tried to engage him in fights. Eventually, the Blues’ Ryan Reaves took on Gryba.

“It’s one thing to play against honest teams. It’s different when you’re playing against teams that are chippy and some guys who are running their mouth and won’t answer the bell (to fight),” said Gryba. “It’s not a (brand of) hockey that should be played. You can only take so much. I feel like we’re a pretty honest team.”

As you can see, the fight with Reaves did not go particularly well for Gryba…

…but the Sens got the last laugh, beating the Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.