Schultz contract and analytics

Jason Gregor
August 29 2014 01:46PM


The Oilers signed Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3,675 million deal. Craig MacTavish had very high praise for the 24-year-old from Kelowna.

"I think he's going to be a great player and a great Oiler. I think he has Norris trophy potential," said MacTavish.

Fans have been waiting for "bold" from MacTavish, and there is no debating that is a bold statement.

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NHL Expansion: No Thanks

Jason Gregor
August 28 2014 11:25AM


News broke yesterday that the NHL could be expanding by two teams, possibly as early as 2015. Gary Bettman downplayed the news and said the NHL currently has no plans, which is classic Bettman denial and likely sadly means the reports are probably true. 

For the sake of hockey fans, specifically Canadian hockey fans, I hope the reports are wrong.

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Random refreshed thoughts...

Jason Gregor
August 25 2014 11:17AM


Fresh off a two-week holiday, with the dog days of August behind us and rookie camps and main camps just around the corner, I feel energized and excited as we enter one of the best stretches in the sporting calendar.

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Have the Oilers improved?

Jason Gregor
August 07 2014 10:37AM


For the sake of everyone in Edmonton, I sure hope so.

I do believe the Oilers have improved, which isn't hard considering they were the 3rd worst team in the NHL last season, but how much have they improved?

It is hard to say until we see the product on the ice, but I wanted to revisit an angle we looked at in May.

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Developing D-men requires patience

Jason Gregor
August 04 2014 10:39PM


There is no development timeline that works for every defenceman, however, it is obvious that the vast majority of them require more seasoning in junior before playing in the NHL.

There are extremely rare exceptions like Drew Doughty -- who can maintain their confidence and poise and within two years be one of the best defencemen in the world -- but most D-men, even the top-end ones, need more time in junior, college or the minors to develop their game.

If you believe Darnell Nurse should or will play in the NHL this season, then his developmental curve would be one we've rarely seen.

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