TOP 100 OILERS: MIKE GRIER (49)

Robin Brownlee
September 29 2016 07:00AM

There isn’t a single player on this list of Top 100 Oilers who was more of a longshot to play 1,000 games in the NHL than Mike Grier, and there hasn’t been anybody who did it with more professionalism and class during his time in Edmonton than the guy teammates called Rosey, the Big Train from Detroit, did.

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EARLY RETURNS

Robin Brownlee
September 27 2016 12:00PM

Hard-luck forward Tyler Pitlick made the most of an unexpected appearance and looked like a keeper instead of a long shot. At the same time, heralded blue-chip rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, deemed by many to be a sure thing to crack the Edmonton Oilers’ line-up out of training camp, looked anything but.

Yet another reminder that it’s early, very early, in the pre-season -- split squad games against the Calgary Flames produced a 4-2 win at Rogers Place and a 2-1 decision down the road in Cowtown Monday – and that it’s a fool’s game to read too much into any single season performance, that small sample size thing, in terms of the bigger picture.

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TOP 100 OILERS: MARTIN GELINAS (50)

Robin Brownlee
September 25 2016 07:00AM

He was a hotshot prospect drafted seventh overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, but it turned out the only time he’d ever wear the team’s black and silver jersey was on draft day. A couple months later, he was told he’d been traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Wayne Gretzky -- a deal which had fans burning Oiler owner Peter Pocklington in effigy.

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TRAINING CAMP 2016: THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
September 24 2016 08:01AM

Optimism

A new rink. A new season. New faces. And, of course, a new sense of optimism for long-suffering fans who’ve been counting the days since last season ended. Absolutely no surprise there, and as the Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place for their second day of their 2016 training camp today, that’s the way it should be.

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NO STOP SIGNS, SPEED LIMIT

Robin Brownlee
September 22 2016 07:00AM


Watching Team North America fly around the ice like a bunch of hot-wired Ferraris and Lamborghinis at the World Championship of Hockey these last few days has been nothing short of a treat. No more so than Wednesday’s crowd-pleasing 4-3 overtime win over Team Sweden.

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