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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the hockey world: Todd Nelson's next coaching job, the Oilers focus on big defenceman, goalies to target, or maybe they shoud draft one.

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Edmonton Oilers’ focus on drafting plus-sized defencemen in recent years has yet to pay off - Bruce McCurdy - Cult of Hockey
Too big or not too big? That is the question.

Edmonton Oilers should offer-sheet the Boston Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton, who has elite potential - Jonathan Willis - Cult of Hockey
One of the big knocks on the idea of Edmonton sending an offer sheet to soon-to-be restricted free agent defenceman Dougie Hamilton is the idea that such a move carries excessive risk, that the Boston Bruins rearguard is a promising player but may not end up developing into a true No. 1 defenceman.

Oilers need a goalie. What are the odds of drafting one? - Jim Matheson - Edmonton Journal
Goalies come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. You can find a star in the seventh-round such as Henrik Lundqvist, as you can in the first, like Carey Price. But if Russian Ilya Samsonov is still there when the Edmonton Oilers get to their 16th overall selection at the NHL draft, should they take a player who could be another Andrei Vasilevskiy?

Twelve Potential Starting Goalies for the Edmonton Oilers - Jonathan Willis - OilersNation
One of the obvious priorities for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is the goaltending position. Ben Scrivens had a difficult first season as an NHL starter and likely won’t get a second crack at the gig, meaning that Edmonton will go shopping for a No. 1 this summer. We’ve talked a lot about potential names, but this morning I wanted to consider the most-mentioned candidates from an analytics perspective.

Moving Some Salary: Nikita Nikitin - Zach Laing - Oil On Whyte
The offseason hasn’t even begun and it is very apparent that the Oilers brass has some tough decisions coming in the next month. Today, I will begin a series looking at some players the Oilers could look at buying out, or trading. And we'll start with Nikita Nikitin.

The SB Nation Mock Draft continues

NHL Mock Draft 2015: Kyle Connor Selected By Dallas Stars - Defending Big D
With the 12th pick in the SBNation NHL Mock Draft the Dallas Stars have selected center Kyle Connor.

NHL Mock Draft 2015: Los Angeles Kings select Travis Konecny with 13th overall pick - Jewels From The Crown
With the 13th pick in the 2015 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, Jewels from the Crown is proud to select, from the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League, Travis Konecny.

NHL Mock Draft 2015: Boston Bruins select Timo Meier with No. 14 Pick - Stanley Cup of Chowder
We're excited to select Timo Meier (RW/C) of the Halifax Mooseheads out of the QMJHL.

Around the NHL

Yashin Independence Day: Former Islanders captain finally comes off the books - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders acquired Alexei Yashin at the 2001 Draft. Fourteen years later, they have stopped paying him. Put on your best turtleneck and mark the occasion with a look back.

Todd Nelson To Be The Next Griffins Coach? - Winging It In Motown
Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Todd Nelson will likely be named the next head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Are the Chicago Blackhawks poised to be called a dynasty? - Toronto Star
The Blackhawks are on the cusp of their third Stanley Cup championship in six years, but they haven't won a title in back-to-back years.

Blackhawks' 'Big Five' already Hall of Fame worthy - Edmonton Sun
Just call them The Blackhawks Big Five. Joel Quenneville, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa.