2007 ENTRY DRAFT: THE BIG MISS

Robin Brownlee
May 24 2014 08:29PM

MissingTheTarget

Hindsight is a wonderful luxury. You're never wrong. You avoid boneheaded decisions that bring nothing but regret. You look and sound really smart. It's always been a handy tool for hockey fans and sportswriters alike.

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ABOUT THE COACHING STAFF . . .

Robin Brownlee
May 21 2014 11:06AM

Dallas Eakins 11

Not long after the Edmonton Oilers closed out an eighth straight season out of the playoffs, GM Craig MacTavish told us head coach Dallas Eakins has hiring and firing say regarding his assistant and associate coaches.

Seeing MacTavish and Eakins sitting together watching the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Memorial Cup in London Tuesday, I couldn't help but wonder if MacT and his rookie bench boss had broached the subject of the coaching staff as it pertains to the future, or lack of same, of associate Keith Acton and assistants Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger. Who should stay? Who should go? Who should be brought in?

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JORDAN EBERLE: 14 AT 24

Robin Brownlee
May 15 2014 12:31PM

JordanEberle

I'll leave the squealing and tossing of panties to Wanye, but on the occasion of Jordan Eberle's 24 birthday today, it's worth noting what a terrific hockey player he's been for the Edmonton Oilers during four mostly miserable seasons with this floundering franchise.

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ON THE BLOCK: DION PHANEUF

Robin Brownlee
May 12 2014 10:18AM

dion

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says the Toronto Maple Leafs are shopping defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Should the Edmonton Oilers be interested?  That's a stupid question. Of course they should be.

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AT RANDOM: ABOUT LEON . . .

Robin Brownlee
May 09 2014 12:50PM

LeonDraisaitl

When it comes to discussions about the need for the Edmonton Oilers to add size and edginess to their line-up, I've often said you can't go by size alone because big players can play small and small players can play big.

That's probably why I've got mixed feelings that the Oilers will likely have the opportunity to select Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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