GDB 30.0: Lost in the Wild

Jason Gregor
December 09 2016 12:01PM

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The Oilers will play their eighth game in 13 nights tonight in Minnesota, fresh off a crushing 6-5 loss in Philadelphia last night. Sometimes the schedule maker is not your friend. Some Oilers could be skating on fumes, while Wild players should be very fresh playing only their fifth game in 13 nights.

The Oilers will have to play poised and smart, which wasn't the case last night.

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The Oilers Should Replace Jonas Gustavsson

Jonathan Willis
December 09 2016 11:58AM

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After Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Jonas Gustavsson now has a 0.893 save percentage over his six-game career with the Edmonton Oilers.

In most cases, this would be the time to remind people that it’s only been six games and four starts, and that there’s no sense getting worked up about an established NHL goalie after such a short time period. In this case, though, it’s a good time to remind people that this is Gustavsson’s established level of performance.

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Future (Restricted) Free Agents: Leon Draisaitl

Cam Lewis
December 09 2016 09:00AM

With a three-point performance last night in Philadelphia, Leon Draisaitl upped his season total to 25 points, good for 15th in the league and second in the Pacific Division behind only teammate Connor McDavid. 

This is an excellent sign for the Oilers, obviously, because Draisaitl is producing like the player the organization hoped he would become when they drafted him with the third overall pick back in 2014. But with Draisaitl’s entry-level contract coming to an end this summer, the team is quickly going to have to determine whether or not he’s done enough to warrant a long-term contract.  

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NHLN Notebook: Concussion spotters, the best dab ever and the Vegas trademark gets denied

Zach Laing
December 09 2016 07:00AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Today's post is all about protectin' ya neck, being with the times and Vegas still has some work to do.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 09 2016 05:13AM

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Should the Canucks be concerned about their top 5 pick last year, are the Leafs any good, is Paul Maurice's job in jeopardy, the Flames looking ahead to the trade deadline, Oilers need to find consistency, Brandon Sutter is ill-suited for current role, a deeper look at Kris Russell as an Oiler, Patrick O'Sullivan, Las Vegas, concussion spotters and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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