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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the hockey world: The Oilers coaching staff, Mike Reilly might like Edmonton, in search of goalies, draft rankings, and more.

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Oilers News

Todd McLellan's coaching staff appears to be coming together - Jonathan Willis - OilersNation
On Thursday night, the Oilers announced that associate coach Keith Acton and assistant coach Craig Ramsay would not be back with the team. Left unresolved was the future of interim head coach Todd Nelson and assistant coach Rocky Thompson, which may or may not be a tell as to what the group behind the bench will look like next season.

Life of Reilly - Lowetide - OilersNation
The Edmonton Oilers are in the running for another puck-moving college defender and it appears they have a chance. Again! I'm not quite sure what the Oilers (may) have here, so let's check it out.

The McDavid Effect: Edmonton Oilers are on short list for prized college free agent Mike Reilly - David Staples - Cult of Hockey
This just in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, news that the Edmonton Oilers are on college free agent Mike Reilly’s short-ish list of teams to consider.

Oilers Going Goalie Shopping - Alex Thomas - The Oilers Rig
fter months of silence, we are finally starting to hear rumblings of what Peter Chiarelli might do when it comes to player movement. The debate has roared on, what is Edmonton’s biggest weakness. Some say it’s the defense, while others say it is the goaltending.

Oilers Searching For Their Next Starter - Matt Henderson - HockeyBuzz
We are just a few weeks away from the NHL Draft and right after that will be Free Agency. This period is when the majority of NHL teams are going to set their rosters up for the following year and that means the GMs are doing the work that goes into those changes. Anybody with even a passing interest in Oilers hockey knows that they need a goaltender and Pierre LeBrun is reporting that they are leaving no stone unturned.

Is Edmonton Oiler Niki Nikitin a top four d-man, a buyout candidate, or something in between? - Bruce McCurdy - Cult of Hockey
Everything about Niki Nikitin’s tenure in Edmonton has been a conundrum. From the day last June where Edmonton Oilers sent a draft pick to Columbus for the rights to negotiate with him, to the announcement a few days later that the hulking defender had signed a two-year contract with the Oilers for a surprisingly heavy cap hit of $4.5 MM per season, to an exceedingly frustrating season interrupted frequently by injury and even more often by erratic play, Nikitin’s résumé in Edmonton was a potent cocktail high in expectations but low in actual performance.

Around The NHL

2015 NHL draft rankings: Anybody team in top 10 has chance at an excellent prospect - Broad Street Hockey
There's great talent all over the board in the top 10, even for the teams that miss out on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

Averaged 2015 NHL Draft ranking - Pension Plan Puppets
The following condensed and averaged ranking uses the 2015 NHL Draft rankings of McKeen's Hockey, Corey Pronman, the International Scouting Services (ISS), Sportsnet's Damian Cox, TSN's Craig Button, The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy,, Future Considerations, and my own ranking through McKeen's Hockey.

Jack Eichel Interview Video - Buffalo Sabres
Eichel spoke to the media yesterday, and seemed a little irritated that it got out that he thinks he's the best player in the draft.

Glen Sather is considering stepping down as Rangers GM - NY Daily News
Glen Sather is undecided about whether he will remain general manager of the Rangers for a 16th year. A source confirmed to the Daily News on Friday the accuracy of a report that the 71-year-old is considering stepping down from his GM post — though he perhaps would remain in the role of president.