TALKING THE TALK

Robin Brownlee
July 29 2014 03:47PM

Nail Yakupov

It goes without saying that talking the talk is one thing and walking the walk is quite another, but Nail Yakupov was saying all the right things when he met with members of the media at a hockey school being put on by the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

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CAPTAIN VIDEO AND FANCY STATS

Robin Brownlee
July 24 2014 02:24PM

Roger Neilson

Having more information to draw on when you're building or coaching a NHL team is never a bad thing, be it in the form of grainy VHS videotape or advanced stats and analytics.

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WHAT ABOUT NAIL?

Robin Brownlee
July 20 2014 12:46PM

Nail Yakupov

While Nail Yakupov wrapped up his rookie season as a member of the Edmonton Oilers with a bang, scoring six goals in the team's final three games of 2012-13, he went out with a whimper as a sophomore, sidelined by an injury to end a difficult 2013-14 campaign.

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THE LEFTOVERS

Robin Brownlee
July 16 2014 12:31PM

Leftovers

There's been much written and discussed in recent weeks about GM Craig MacTavish's failure to address his lack of depth at centre with the Edmonton Oilers. That's unlikely to change until he adds a proven pivot because it's an obvious deficiency.

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
July 11 2014 04:27PM

Craig MacTavish6

I'd feel comfortable saying GM Craig MacTavish has done a bang-up job filling holes on the roster of the Edmonton Oilers this off-season if he'd acquired another proven NHL centre, but that's unlikely to happen, at least for the time being.

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