Yeoman's Work

Matt Henderson
October 29 2016 08:13PM

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was Edmonton’s top centre from the time he was drafted right up until the day Connor McDavid joined the team. He was destined to be no higher than number two from that moment on. However, before McDavid was drafted the Oilers also added Leon Draisaitl, thinking that he would be a top-six mainstay. Leon is developing into a quality centre in his own right, but the Nuge is still doing a lot of the heavy lifting out there.

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Building The Penalty Kill Around Talbot

Matt Henderson
October 27 2016 09:00AM

There’s an old adage in hockey that says your best penalty killer has to be your goaltender. If that’s the truth then the Oilers are in a good position with Cam Talbot in net for the club.

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Early Days For Kris Russell

Matt Henderson
October 20 2016 11:00AM

So…you guys like Kris Russell?

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The Window Wants to Open

Matt Henderson
October 15 2016 04:59PM

This is the dawn of something special in hockey. We are in the early days of what we will likely look back upon as the Connor McDavid era of the NHL. This 19-year-old centre, still less than 50 games into his NHL career, is in a league of his own.

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Pretending Puljujarvi Is Ready Hurts The Club

Matt Henderson
October 11 2016 09:35PM

The preseason has a couple major functions. Number one, they exist to get the veteran players back in game shape. Number two, they give clubs a chance to see where young or new players slot in on the depth chart. When it’s all over, the rust has been shaken off and teams know who is ready to perform and who is not.

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