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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the hockey world: Chiarelli speaks, a look at past first overall picks, Jeff Petry, hockey returning to OKC, and more.

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Oilers News

Comparing the Oilers by Position to the Rest of the League - Sunil Agnihotri - The SuperFan
Andrew Berkshire recently put together a nice piece comparing the point production of the Montreal Canadaiens to the rest of the league by position. He does a nice providing realistic expectation of players and setting benchmarks for different positions. I thought it’d be interesting to see how the 2014-2015 Oilers measure up with the rest of the NHL.

You Say It Best, When You Say Nothing At All - Lowetide
Peter Chiarelli will. not. give. away. information. As a fan I’m both delighted and enraged. After the MacT "I’m not going to tell you where the treasure is even though it’s over there" era, this could be quite depressing—unless we see results. In his latest on the record spoken word today, Chiarelli talked to Bob Stauffer, said a lot of things about a lot of things, and we’re left examining syntax and parsing sighs.

Chiarelli: Getting Down To Business - Robin Brownlee - OilersNation
Chiarelli surfaced for 15 minutes or so today on Oilers Now with host Bob Stauffer, touching on a number of subjects without delving too deeply into any of them as he begins to re-shape hockey-ops into his vision. Here’s some snippets from that interview and my takes on them.

A Decade Of 1st Overall Picks and Connor - Matt Henderson - OilersNation

June is the Month of McDavid as we lead up to the Draft on June 26th. As such I think it’s only fitting that we start by looking at how Connor McDavid’s point production rates compared to the last several 1st Overall Picks. Is the game of hockey all about points? No. Of course not. That said, nobody gets picked 1st Overall because they are great glue guys in the locker room. 1st Overall picks are dynamic (usually offensively) on the ice and are generally dominant among their peers. I’ve compiled a list of the top draftees from 2004-2014  with their production in their draft year and their most productive year in the NHL.

Around the NHL

Canadiens sign Jeff Petry - Eyes On The Prize
Six years will take Petry until he is 33 years old and the money, though pricey, is fair for a number two defenceman, even if he is playing on the second pairing for the Canadiens because he is behind P.K. Subban on the right side.

Amalie Arena policies: Fact vs. fiction as Blackhawks visit Tampa Bay - Second City Hockey
All four potential games are sold out, but 18,480 of you can wear Blackhawks jerseys.

Pysyk hopes to be shutdown defender with Sabres - Edmonton Journal
Three months after the scare, Mark Pysyk still has no idea why he collapsed running up and down a basketball court in a pickup game the day after playing an American Hockey League contest with the Rochester Americans. All the former Edmonton Oil Kings captain knows is he’s 23, he feels perfectly fine now and he craves a spot on the Buffalo Sabres’ defence after too many trips back and forth to Rochester, N.Y.

OKC Blazers "Interested" In Return, Joining ECHL in 2016 - Neal Livingston - Tend The Farm
If you live in Oklahoma City or were a fan of the OKC Blazers you surely remember the name Brad Lund. Lead executive for sixteen seasons and four-time CHL Executive of the Year. Over the weekend Brad Lund posted a series of tweets and photos that sparked a bit of discussion among long-time fans of hockey in OKC, and most certainly perked the attention of Blazers fans around the city.

Random Great Idea

I Started a Fantasy Beer League, and So Can You - Paste Magazine
Our writer developed an ingenious way to turn drinking craft beer into a sport. Sort of.

Required Grateful Dead Purchase

Grateful Dead Archivist Details Massive, New 80-Disc Box Set - Rolling Stone
September 18th will mark the release of the largest box set of live Dead ever: Thirty Trips Around the Sun, a 50th anniversary monument of 80 CDs with 30 complete, previously unissued shows, one from each year of the Dead's touring life. The collection – issued by Rhino in the wake of the Dead's "Fare Thee Well" shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3rd through 5th – is now available for pre-order and is limited to 6,500 numbered sets. Do you have $700 laying around that you could lend me?

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