WWYDW: Unrestricted Free Agent Defencemen

Jonathan Willis
May 06 2015 07:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have a subpar defence, and have for some time. Among the avenues available to them to improve upon that defence is free agency. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask which free agents the Oilers should make a point of targeting.

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Nurse Transitions To Professional Hockey

Matt Henderson
May 05 2015 01:20PM

The Oklahoma City Barons have signed Darnell Nurse to an amateur tryout as they prep for the second round of the AHL playoffs. Nurse finished his CHL career just a few days ago at the hands of junior hockey’s most dynamic player, but he closes the book on his OHL career while considered by many to be the best defenseman in the league. The ATO will prevent him from burning a year on his ELC.

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BRING BACK THE BATTLE

Robin Brownlee
May 05 2015 11:30AM


Trademark or not, the provincial rivalry known as the Battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames has been reduced to a We Suck Less Than You Do skirmish of weaklings and have-nots for too long. Might that change next season? I think it will.

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Will Leon Draisaitl be NHL-ready in 2015-16?

Jonathan Willis
May 05 2015 09:45AM

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Any timeline based on the recent history of third overall picks in the NHL would expect Leon Draisaitl to be ready for a major-league roster spot next season. It is by far the most common outcome.

That doesn’t mean it’s a given. Draisaitl was promoted last year in a “necessity is the mother of invention” move that didn’t work out, and other third overall picks (most recently Kyle Turris) have needed more than two years of development time before they were truly NHL-ready.

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Monday Musings: Improvement

Jason Gregor
May 04 2015 01:52PM

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During the past two weeks I've noticed a renewed level of excitement in Oilersnation, and rightfully so, due to the lottery win and the arrival of Peter Chiarelli.

Very few fans expected the Oilers to win the lottery and none felt Bob Nicholson would bring in a new POHO and GM, and relieve Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish of their titles. It was unexpected, and the new changes has brought a new level of expectation as well.

The Oilers should improve in 2015/2016, but realistically how much can they improve?

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