Oilers May Be Forced To Protect Ference In Expansion

Matt Henderson
June 05 2016 09:18AM

Last night a report by Larry Brooks of the New York Post surfaced with details about the Expansion Draft process. Over time we’ve heard about many aspects of the draft before, but one new tidbit has raised alarms. Edmonton might be about to take one in the teeth over Andrew Ference’s contract.

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The List

Matt Henderson
June 04 2016 05:05PM

This past week Frank Seravalli of TSN kicked off the busy month of June with his list of top 20 players potentially on the move. It’s essentially the Trade Bait board, and Edmonton factors highly on the list with four entries.

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Hockey People Who Know

Matt Henderson
May 29 2016 12:37PM

The case for analytics in hockey started on websites not unlike this one. It was largely fan/layman driven, but it was done publicly and every idea proposed was scrutinized. I think part of the hubris of the analytics community comes from the fact that many of their basic principles have been tested over and over. There’s a confidence that comes from testing concepts and having them cut the mustard. Surely there’s also a confidence that comes from spending your entire life in the highest levels of hockey (amateur and professional). That’s why it’s always entertaining when the worlds of analytics and traditional hockey collide.

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How Often Was A Top 4 Defender On The Ice?

Matt Henderson
May 21 2016 04:49PM

When it comes to adding top 4 defenders this summer, most of us have already come to the conclusion that one is not enough. The Oilers are desperately lacking in quality on the blueline and have been for a long time. This isn’t news, but sometimes it’s interesting to look at how that affects what the club can do.

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Getting Excited About Ethan Bear

Matt Henderson
May 15 2016 12:24PM

Ethan Bear’s season has just come to a close. His Seattle Thunderbirds lost in the WHL final to the Brandon Wheat Kings after steamrolling the competition up to that point. No doubt he’s disappointed right now, but the Edmonton Oilers should be excited about the progress Bear made during this campaign.

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