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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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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