Trade Options: Right Wing

Jason Gregor
February 17 2017 01:18PM

Let's Make a Deal

We continue our series on trade options for the Oilers. We've discussed Thomas Vanek and looked at Brian Boyle. Today I will focus on one team with two right wing options. 

We are 12 days away from the March 1st trade deadline and we are getting a clearer picture of who will be sellers. Arizona and Colorado have been out of the race for months, and it looks and sounds like Dallas and Vancouver will join them.

In the East Ken Holland is on record stating the Red Wings won't be a buyer, and he has a few options to sell. Carolina, New Jersey and Tampa Bay haven't been able to climb the standings for months, so I'd guess they are selling as well.

I'd expect Philly to move one of their goalies at the deadline, and Buffalo should be a seller as well although a recent hot streak has them right behind the Islanders and Maple Leafs for the second wildcard.

Today, I'll focus on Dallas, who had a scout in Edmonton this week.

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GDB 58.0: Feisty for Philly

Jason Gregor
February 16 2017 01:10PM

Connor Game Day

(Photoshop: @NewfieMikey)

Connor McDavid vs. Brandon Manning.

It is a fun angle, but we all know they will never drop the mitts. McDavid is a scorer not a fighter, and Manning can handle himself quite well if need be. 

However, after their meeting in Philadelphia earlier this season, McDavid accused Manning of being classless for supposedly saying he injured McDavid on purpose last year.

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GDB 57.0: Paging the Offence

Jason Gregor
February 14 2017 06:13PM

Choose

The Oilers are 20 points ahead of the Coyotes in the standings, but Arizona is 6-2-1 in their last nine games and they've outscored the opposition 31-22. Meanwhile, the Oilers only have four goals in their last five games and their only victory came in a 1-0 shootout win.

Despite the Coyotes sitting 29th in the NHL, this is far from an easy game for an Oilers team trying to rediscover their offence.

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Monday Musings: Offence MIA

Jason Gregor
February 13 2017 02:47PM

MIA

How quickly things can change. Ten different Edmonton Oilers scored 15 total goals during three victories prior to the All-Star break. However, over the five games played since the All-Star break, the team has only scored four goals.

In a span of two weeks they've dropped from seventh overall in goal scoring down to 13th. They've been shutout twice in their past five games, after being shutout only once in their first 51 games, a night when Craig Anderson was playing with a heavy heart due to his wife Nicholle's recent cancer diagnosis.

Secondary scoring has not been an issue all season. The Oilers aren't a top-five team, but they've been comfortably in the 6-10 range up until the past few games.

The issue has been their unwillingness to battle in the tough areas.

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GDB 54.0: Stop the streak

Jason Gregor
February 03 2017 12:16PM

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Game Day

Photoshop: @isuckatpicking

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Good teams avoid losing streaks. Only once this season have the Oilers gone three games without a point. They lost five regulation games in a row between November 8th to 17th, but other than that they've avoided lengthy losing skids.

They didn't play well versus Minnesota on Tuesday and they didn't generate enough offensively last night in Nashville. They'll need more desperation in their game tonight and their two best forwards, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, must lead the charge.

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