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With Connor McDavid at top of list, Edmonton Oilers hope latest No. 1 pick kicks rebuild into motion -
The Edmonton Oilers, who have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs nine straight seasons, will be picking first at the NHL Draft for the fourth time since 2010 on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. If there was ever a year to own a pick at the very top of the draft, this was it, with Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel in the mix. Each is projected to be a generational talent, an instant difference-maker for any organization in need of one.

2015 NHL Scouting Combine: Complete fitness testing results - Pension Plan Puppets
The world's top young hockey prospects gathered in Buffalo this week to participate in the annual NHL Scouting Combine. Here are the top 10 performers for each test.

In Through The Out Door - Lowetide - OilersNation
Peter Chiarelli took over as Boston Bruins GM on May 26, 2006. 36 days later, Zdeno Chara arrived via free agency and the battle was joined. On April 24, the Oilers hired Chiarelli to be their GM, but 36 days later there is no Chara in Edmonton. There are options available, and one of them plays for the Boston Bruins.

Andrew Ference is a good pro for the Edmonton Oilers, but one who should already have been traded - Jonathan Willis - Cult of Hockey
Andrew Ference is the embodiment of a lot of things that the Edmonton Oilers wish they had more of. He’s one of those "it’s the size of the fight in the dog, not the size of the dog in the fight" kind of players, a 5’11", 184 pound defenceman who has carved out a 900 game (and counting) NHL career, the vast majority of it as a defensive specialist. It’s hard for an undersized defenceman to have that kind of career; Ference has managed it thanks in no small part through intelligence and sheer determination.

Around The NHL

30 Thoughts: NHL to ban shot-blocking techniques? - Elliotte Friedman
It isn’t just the goaltenders being targeted. NHLPA special assistant Mathieu Schneider declined to comment, but, according to a couple of sources, he introduced thoughts about disallowing certain shot-blocking techniques. Without his commentary, it’s difficult to know exactly what he proposed, but in 2008, then-Canadiens GM Bob Gainey recommended banning full-body sliding while in the defending zone.

Meet Vasilevskiy, the Russian rookie trying to win Tampa a Stanley Cup - Jame Mirtle - The Globe and Mail
It was the chaotic half hour after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final, with nearly a hundred media from around the world crammed into the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room, searching for answers after a wild finish for the home team.

Blackhawks back struggling netminder Corey Crawford - Toronto Sun
His Blackhawks teammates did their best to deflect some of the heat from their oft-maligned goaltender on Sunday afternoon. And no, they don’t believe that Corey Crawford is "going straight to hell," as NBC analyst Mike Milbury suggested after a particularly gruesome goal he allowed to Tampa’s Tyler Johnson in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

Source on Potential Nash Trade: "They're Just Rumors" - Blueshirt Banter
Media reports and general whispers are circulating the hockey world regarding the Rangers discussing the idea of trading Rick Nash. As of now, they're interesting thoughts but not much beyond that.

PK Subban crashes kids' street hockey game - Eyes On The Prize
In case 39845987345 of P.K. Subban being an awesome human being, the Canadiens' franchise defenseman decided to join in for some street hockey with neighbourhood kids. When I was young, Ryan Smyth did this kind of stuff when he was junior, and I will say that there is literally nothing cooler for a kid.