On Draisaitl, McLellan, And Moving To The Wing

Matt Henderson
August 28 2015 08:00AM

The future of the Oilers down the middle looks pretty fantastic. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Anton Lander are all under 25 years of age. The eldest Lander has taken more time developing but has turned into a smart utility player capable of playing on the PK or the PP. The question with Draisaitl is whether or not his top-end talent is going to be wasted on the third line.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 28 2015 06:15AM

RoundUp

Canucks building a contender, Leafs hire old Oiler scout, Giordano gets paid, Calgary's arena talks, show Byfuglien the money, Yakupov with McDavid, jersey sponsors, team previews, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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PRONMAN'S LIST, OILERS EDITION

Lowetide
August 27 2015 03:30PM

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Corey Pronman of ESPN released his top 10 list of Oilers prospects earlier today. Earlier in the summer, Pronman ranked Edmonton's prospect list No. 1 in the entire NHL on the strength of the Connor McDavid selection. The 10 list is a fascinating look at the Oilers immediate and long-term future.

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Condors Schedule

Scott Zerr
August 27 2015 12:53PM

Bakersfield

The Bakersfield Condors are going to see plenty of their fellow AHL Pacific Division teams during the 2015-16 season, but the release of the schedule has highlighted a few interesting matchups against new rivals.

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Gone by the Deadline

Jonathan Willis
August 27 2015 12:16PM

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Peter Chiarelli made some headway this summer, but the Edmonton Oilers’ roster remains flawed in many ways. The goaltending is uncertain, the defence is loaded to the gills with third-pairing types and even the forward corps has some discernible weaknesses.

In short, the general manager isn’t close to finished yet, because realistically there are a finite number of things he can do in a single summer. Chiarelli does have a history of making in-season moves though, and I’d expect that a lot of the names on the opening night roster for 2015-16 are long gone by the time game 82 rolls around.

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