LIGHTS, CONNOR, ACTION . . .

Robin Brownlee
October 06 2016 09:00AM

McDavidShoot1

So, how do you think Connor McDavid spent the end of his first day as the captain of the Edmonton Oilers? Out on the town celebrating with friends or teammates? Doing interviews with various national media outlets? You’d think so, but no.

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TOP 100 OILERS: RISTO SILTANEN (48)

Robin Brownlee
October 04 2016 07:00AM

Risto

As the Edmonton Oilers of today continue to search for a right-handed defenceman who can move the puck and generate points from the back end, I can’t help but hop into my hockey time machine and think how perfect a fit diminutive Finn Risto Siltanen would be now, just as he was when the Oilers broke into the NHL in 1979-80.

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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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