THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
July 11 2014 04:27PM

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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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JEFF PETRY: WAIT AND SEE

Robin Brownlee
July 07 2014 04:45PM

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Heaven knows, the Edmonton Oilers have done much to earn the cynicism of their fans by making so many questionable player personnel decisions in recent seasons, but I don't see the signing of Jeff Petry to a one-year contract as one of them.

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AT RANDOM: MIDDLEMEN

Robin Brownlee
July 03 2014 01:47PM

I don't see the debate about how the Edmonton Oilers should fill the holes they have on their roster at centre in terms of black and white when it comes to how or if Leon Draisaitl fits into the equation next season. I find myself pulled between preference and practicality.

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THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
June 28 2014 04:23PM

Draisaitl

The good news is Leon Draisaitl brings the combination of size and skill the Edmonton Oilers have been lacking down the middle in their mix of top-six forwards for several seasons.

The bad news, unless GM Craig MacTavish gets something done on the free agent or trade front to acquire a pivot with the stature and skill to bring the same dimensions Draisaitl does, is the big German from the Prince Albert Raiders might be pressed into that role when the 2014-15 season begins.

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ENTRY DRAFT 2014: MR. BUSYBODY

Robin Brownlee
June 26 2014 11:12AM

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"Craig MacTavish wants to be in on everything."

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