THE WONDER YEARS

Robin Brownlee
January 13 2017 03:01PM

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It’s not really any kind of stretch to argue that Edmonton Oilers’ centre Connor McDavid, who celebrated his 20th  birthday today, is one of the best two or three forwards in the NHL right now, just one day removed from his teenaged years.

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TOP 100 OILERS: PAT HUGHES (36)

Robin Brownlee
January 13 2017 12:30PM

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I’ve always had a soft spot for role players who up their game and are at their very best when it matters most, and that’s why I’m a sucker for Pat Hughes. Hughes was hard-nosed “lesser light” who shone almost as brightly as the biggest stars with the Edmonton Oilers when they finally claimed their first Stanley Cup in 1984. When it mattered, Hughes was money.

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A WELL-WORN WELCOME MAT

Robin Brownlee
January 11 2017 07:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have a brand new arena in Rogers Place, which is likely the nicest rink in the NHL, after moving lock, stock and Gretzky statue out of aging and outdated Rexall Place. Shiny. Flashy. It's a sharp-looking joint if ever there was one.

What the Oilers don’t have 19 games into their first season at their swank new downtown arena is the kind of record that’s going help them make the playoffs after 10 years on the outside looking in. While the 2016-17 version of the Oilers is better overall than anything we’ve seen in recent seasons, it’s the same old, same old when it comes to taking care of business at home.

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HALFWAY THERE

Robin Brownlee
January 08 2017 10:28AM

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For the better part of the last decade, documenting the Edmonton Oilers at the halfway mark of the season has been a tale of defeat, ineptitude and frustration. Over and over and over again. A hockey version of Groundhog Day, only with Bill Murray kicking Oiler fans in the pills.

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CONNOR AFTER 82

Robin Brownlee
December 30 2016 09:00AM

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After having his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers rudely interrupted by a busted clavicle that kept him on the shelf for 37 games, Connor McDavid completed the equivalent of a full NHL campaign in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Thursday.

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