TOP 20 PROSPECTS, 2014

Lowetide
August 30 2014 07:23PM

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And we're back! It seems like only yesterday (that's a lie) we gathered together to count down the best prospects in the Oilers system heading into fall. A year ago, the three best prospects were defensemen and six of the top 10 patrolled the blue.

A lot has changed in 12 months.

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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Lowetide
August 29 2014 10:19PM

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I'd love to talk to an NHL coach someday about the gift of teenagers forced upon them by general managers. We're about to see another one, and there's nothing (apparently) Dallas Eakins can do about it. Who will it impact, beyond the coach? Let's have a look.

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Justin Schultz has Norris potential. He also has a bad contract.

Jonathan Willis
August 29 2014 08:09PM

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In his press availability announcing the news of the Justin Schultz signing, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish courted controversy by saying that the young defender “has Norris Trophy potential.”

He might be right about that. The ironic thing is that if he is, it just makes the terms of Schultz’s new deal even worse.

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Mr. Unpopular

Jason Strudwick
August 29 2014 04:44PM

Draisaitl, Leon

Leon Draisaitl should be returned to Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League this season.

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Schultz contract and analytics

Jason Gregor
August 29 2014 01:46PM


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The Oilers signed Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3,675 million deal. Craig MacTavish had very high praise for the 24-year-old from Kelowna.

"I think he's going to be a great player and a great Oiler. I think he has Norris trophy potential," said MacTavish.

Fans have been waiting for "bold" from MacTavish, and there is no debating that is a bold statement.

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