Benning Drawing Some Attention (And Blood)

Matt Henderson
November 24 2016 12:39PM

Of all the off-season acquisitions that Peter Chiarelli made this summer, I didn’t pay much mind to Matthew Benning. I figured he would be AHL bound and a call-up option down the road when injury was bound to strike. I did not give him the credit he was due.

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Pouliot's Struggles

Matt Henderson
November 20 2016 02:00PM

Benoit Pouliot took a seat last night as the Oilers looked to different men to spark the team and get back into the Win column. Pouliot has been a divisive player during his time in Edmonton, and really over his entire career. He’s known both for his 5v5 offense and for his innate ability to get penalized in the offensive zone, but what’s going on with him this year?

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Ground To Dust

Matt Henderson
November 11 2016 05:17PM

The strength of the Oilers forward corps is the three scoring line concept that has seen McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, and Draisaitl featured on their own offensive units. Now with Lucic assigned to Draisaitl’s wing, the offense is more spread out than ever. However, there is also a considerable amount of pressure placed on Edmonton’s fourth line. Are they handling their duties well enough?

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Nurse Taking Steps Forward

Matt Henderson
November 06 2016 06:27AM

The Oilers wanted a driver. They wanted someone who wasn’t going to sit idly by as the team continued to struggle. They wanted Darnell Nurse. We are a scant 12 games into his second NHL season as a 21-year-old young man, but we are seeing glimpses of what the Oilers thought they were getting when they drafted Sault Ste Marie’s athletic and competitive star blueliner.

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Fix That Power Play

Matt Henderson
November 02 2016 07:40PM

I don’t want to sound too alarmist, but everybody involved with the Oilers power play should be exiled to Romania where they will live in relative obscurity until eventually history has forgotten them. I’m not naming names – Jay Woodcroft – but the person in charge of this debacle needs to figure this thing out fast.

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