GDB 77.0: Organizational depth

Jason Gregor
April 01 2015 02:39PM

The one positive the Oilers can take out of this season is that their organizational depth has improved. Martin Marincin, Anton Lander, Andrew Miller, Iiro Pakarinen and Brandon Davidson all played at least 27 games in the AHL this season, but when they got to the NHL they were able to contribute, instead of just taking up a roster spot.

Tyler Pitlick didn't look out of place either when he was in the lineup, and if he could stay healthy, he gives them even more depth. These players have been effective in the NHL, and they are all still improving, which is much more than you could say about call ups in previous years.

The Oilers need to build the foundation of their team through drafting and development, and I'm cautiously optimistic that they are finally starting to see some positive signs in that regard.

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GDB 76.0: Move up the standings

Jason Gregor
March 30 2015 01:55PM

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The Oilers have won three of their last four games to move within five points of the 27th place Toronto Maple Leafs. Edmonton needs to win three of their final seven games and have the Leafs lose all six of their remaining games to catch them. If the Leafs win once the Oilers need to win four and so on.

Moving up to 27th could be tough, but the main goal for the organization next season will be trying to move up from 13th place in the western conference; and that will be much more difficult.

The Avalanche are currently in 12th place in the west, and they have 25 more points than the Orange and Blue.

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GDB 74.0: Auditioning for Canada

Jason Gregor
March 25 2015 08:00PM

The Oilers and Avalanche are out of the playoffs. The Avalanche haven't officially been eliminated, but their loss in Calgary on Monday pretty much sealed their fate. They are ten points behind Winnipeg for the final wildcard spot, so both of these teams will be playing for pride and some players will be auditioning for a roster spot at the World Championships.

Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall have all said they'd love to play for Canada, but will they make the team?

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GDB 73.0: Walloped by the West

Jason Gregor
March 23 2015 08:15PM

The Edmonton Oilers' 2014/2015 season has not been good (understatement of the year), but when you look at how they match up against western division opponents; it has been downright pathetic.

The Oilers are 5-25-10 against the west.
They've been outscored 138 to 80.
They've been outshot 1,230 to 1,068.
They are 3-15-1 at home.

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Where should Hall play?

Jason Gregor
March 19 2015 11:10AM

Taylor Hall is close to returning to the lineup. He has been skating with the team this week, and I won't be surprised to see him in the lineup on Saturday vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

Which line should he play on?

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