TOP 100 OILERS: JANNE NIINIMAA (53)

Robin Brownlee
August 26 2016 07:00AM

Niinimaa

If the Edmonton Oilers want to help bump blue chip prospect Jesse Puljujarvi along the learning curve that faces all NHL prospects, especially those who are making the transition from Europe, they should fly Janne Niinimaa into town and let the former Oiler and fellow Finn spend a couple of weeks with the kid to show him the ropes.

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Horcoff?

Robin Brownlee
August 24 2016 10:05PM

I have not heard even one word from anybody in an official capacity in hockey ops with the Edmonton Oilers about the possibility former captain Shawn Horcoff is considering a return to our city by way of a PTO, but Kurt Leavins has heard "murmurs" about same from somebody.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Robin Brownlee
August 20 2016 07:00AM

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How long has it been since a member of the Edmonton Oilers won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion? That would be 1986-1987, when Wayne Gretzky topped the scoring parade with 183 points. That’s long enough ago that Connor McDavid was a decade away from being born.

If you put much stock in what the writers at The Hockey News have to say, that’s a drought that’s about to end after almost three decades. In the annual Pool Guide put out by THN for the 2016-17 season, they’ve got McDavid, the Next One, taking the baton from the Great One in the Art Ross race.

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58 AND 10: THE BEST OF ME

Robin Brownlee
August 16 2016 09:00AM


“That’s what dads do – they pass the best of themselves on to their kids.” – former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS, to his newborn son, Rivers.

There are many moments in the film Gleason that will grab your heart, but it’s that line that has stuck with me every day since I first watched the trailer a week or so ago. There are lots of reasons for that. ALS is fatal. There is no cure. Gleason’s diagnosis came just after he and his wife found out they’d be having a son. Gleason is running out of time, so he decided to chronicle his last years for his son -- an act of love that won't be understood until long after he's gone. That's the subject of the film. It's heart-breaking stuff.

Then, there’s my circumstances and background when it comes to fatherhood. Let me boil 10,000 words into a few. I grew up without a dad. My parents were teenagers when I was born and I was given up for adoption. My adoptive parents were divorced when I was three. I had no contact with my adoptive dad between then and when he passed away 11 years later. I was 14. Stay with me here . . . 

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TOP 100 OILERS: ETHAN MOREAU (54)

Robin Brownlee
August 13 2016 07:00AM

Moreau

If you hang around a team like the Edmonton Oilers for years and years, you come across a handful of guys who play the game with so much heart – you can call it competitiveness or desire – that it’s difficult not to admire their tenacity and sheer will to succeed.

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