Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov fails to make Calder Trophy cut, team shut out again for shot at NHL rookie award

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However, Huberdeau, playing on the lowly Panthers, finished at minus-15. Huberdeau had 12 even-strength goals while Yakupov had 11. Saad had no power-play goals among his 10 and 22 of his 27 points resulted from five-on-five play. The final vote totals won’t be released until the Stanley Cup final, but this could be one of the closer tallies. Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz, who had the most points among rookie blue-liners with 27, Canadiens centre Alex Galchenyuk and Dallas Stars defenceman Brenden Dillon will likely all get solid representation in voting. However, there was little to choose from any of the rookies this season. The truth is, no forward stood out over the rest, but Brodin played against the other team’s top lines night after night, and was somehow overlooked for the three finalists. There are 178 media voters, with 46.4 per cent based in Eastern cities, 32.8 per cent from Western-based clubs and an international voting base of 20.8 per cent, which covers the league as a whole. It’s easy to say there may have been some bias to Eastern players, with Huberdeau and Gallagher getting in the final three, but last year the two rookie finalists were both from the Western Conference — Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The shortened season means less separation in quality of play for rookies, too. Eastern voters are covering teams in the Eastern Conference and vice versa for Western voters in a lockout season with no crossover games, which makes voting trickier. source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Edmonton+Oilers+winger+Nail+Yakupov+fails+make+Calder+Trophy+team+shut+again+shot+rookie+award/8345721/story.html

Executive linked to Edmonton Oilers owner Katz rebuked by Elections Alberta

said on Monday that Chief Financial Officer Irene M. Esteves is leaving, to … Hershey reshuffles management AP The Hershey Co. said Wednesday that it has made a number of management changes to help position the … Wishes to Pursue Other Professional InterestsNorcross, GA (PRWEB) April 24, 2013 Sparus Holdings, … More World News 1 hr 37 mins ago   Remind me when I share | Not you? Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience Seattle investor lifts bid for Sacramento Kings basketball team (Reuters) – A Seattle investor group vying to purchase the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings team has vastly increased its offer to buy the franchise, hoping to wrest momentum away from a Sacramento group that wants the team to stay in California. Hedge fund manager Chris Hansen posted on his website that his group’s new offer would now value the team at $625 million, up $75 million from a prior offer. Hansen is fighting to buy the team to bring it to Seattle, which lost its beloved SuperSonics in 2008. … 200 sickened after dining at Vegas restaurant LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new report shows 200 people who dined at one of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants about a block off the Strip have reported food poisoning symptoms, making it the largest outbreak southern Nevada health officials have seen in at least a decade. Police seize eight dogs after fatal mauling of California woman By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after a Southern California woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls, police were trying to determine on Friday whether any of the eight dogs they seized from a nearby home were involved in the attack, law enforcement officials said. Homicide detectives serving a search warrant at a home in the unincorporated community of Littlerock, in the high desert about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, took eight dogs from the property, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said. source: http://news.yahoo.com/executive-linked-edmonton-oilers-owner-katz-rebuked-elections-000118223.html

Yakupov trick caps dreary Oilers year

Eberle was able to tip a Schultz shot through Luongo’s legs for his 15th of the season. Edmonton took a 2-1 lead two minutes into the third period on a two-man advantage. Luongo stopped a point shot from Schultz, but Yakupov was there to lift in the rebound. The Canucks tied it two minutes later as Dubnyk allowed a bad rebound on a soft shot by Bieksa and Sestito banged it in to make it 2-2. The Canucks had a good chance to regain the lead midway through the third as Keith Ballard had a breakaway coming out of the penalty box, but Dubnyk stopped him and a subsequent point blank shot from Maxim Lapierre . Check out photos of the NHL’s 2013 ice girls . Edmonton’s goal barrage started at 13:17 as Taylor Hall made a no-look backhand pass from behind the net that went right to the stick of Schultz in the blue paint for the goal. Just 59 seconds later, Yakupov got his second of the night as Luongo gave the puck up to Magnus Paajarvi behind the net and he sent it in front for Yakupov to put into the empty net. Eberle made 5-2 only 21 seconds later as he walked around defender Frank Corrado and lifted his second of the game up high on Luongo. Yakupov completed the hat trick a little over a minute later when picked up a rebound in front and lifted a backhand shot into the net for his 17th of the season. That gave the 19-year-old the lead in goal-scoring this season among rookies. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/edmonton-oilers-beat-vancouver-canucks-end-dreary-season-nail-yakupov-hat-trick-justin-schultz-jordan-eberle-042713

Edmonton Oilers mum on whether it will pony up extra cash to save arena deal

“I’m not going to answer that,” he replied. “Are you considering it?” the reporter persisted. “As I say, I’m not going to answer that question.” Karvellas said he’s still confident the project will go ahead. The plan would see the rink completed by 2016. It’s hoped it will be a catalyst for downtown revitalization, leading to new restaurants, shops, and office buildings. “We’ve been at this for five years, and I think we would very much like to bring this to a conclusion as soon as possible to maintain some momentum with the project. It can’t drag on forever,” said Karvellas. “What’s at risk here is one of the most transformative projects this city has likely ever seen. It’s not just the arena, it’s all the development around it.” After years of debate that has already seen the cost-shared arena deal fall apart once before, city council voted in January to proceed anew. However the deal was contingent on councillors getting $100 million of the funding from Premier Alison Redford’s provincial government. source: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/nhl/decision-on-new-edmonton-oilers-arena-delayed-yet-again-mayor-apologizes-206612331.html?story=Edmonton%20Oilers%20mum%20on%20whether%20it%20will%20pony%20up%20extra%20cash%20to%20save%20arena%20deal

Edmonton Oilers retain #7 draft position as Avalanche win NHL draft lottery

The seventh ranked player there is centre Sean Monahan, featured by Jonathan Willis here at the Cult of Hockey earlier today. Related post — Willis: How much offensive potential does Sean Monahan have? Monahan is also ranked seventh on Craig (Button)’s list and is about the same on the so-called “Central” Scouting rankings , which actually decentralizes rankings to North America and European lists. Monahan ranks 5th among North American skaters but likely behind the top two Europeans, Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichushkin. One ranking with a different opinion is the latest International Scouting Services rankings , where gigantic Russian defenceman Nikita Zadorov slots in at #7. All the lists seem to agree on Seth Jones being the plum prospect in what is touted as an exceptionally deep draft year, and it would seem the Texas native and current Portland Winterhawks star is likely headed for Denver. It’s a cool story in that Jones first started in hockey when his dad, NBA player Popeye Jones, played for the Denver Nuggets in the 1999-2000 season — the year the Pepsi Center opened. Popeye reportedly inquired of Avalanche star Joe Sakic of the possibilities of his 6-year-old son playing hockey. Hard to imagine the Avs will look in any other direction than the 6’4, 206-lb. defender when they get called to podium on June 30. As the Journal’s Jim Matheson reports, it’s even possible that Joe Sakic himself might be the man in charge of making that selection. Worth noting that the Avalanche will no longer be a division rival of the Oilers starting in 2013-14. source: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/04/29/edmonton-oilers-retain-7-draft-position-as-avalanche-win-nhl-draft-lottery/

 

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