GDB 65.0: ENTER THE BLUEJACKETS

Jason Gregor
March 03 2011 12:46PM

Normally the dog days of the season appear in January, but when it is minus 812 outside, and the only thing more frequent than snow in Edmonton this year is listening to people rant and rave about Charlie Sheen, so you better get ready for another stretch of days-that-will-test-your-loyalty-to-the-Oilers.

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GDB 64.0: PASSING TO PAAJARVI AND TEUBERT'S COACH GIVES US HIS THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
March 01 2011 11:44AM

With Dustin Penner shipped off to Los Angeles, the future on the left wing in the top two lines looks to be in the hands of Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi. There is no doubt that Hall can handle the baton, but it will be interesting to see how Paajarvi handles it.

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GDB 63.0: FOREVER LINKED TOGETHER

Jason Gregor
February 27 2011 02:46PM

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin went first and second in the 2010 draft, and they will always be linked together because of it. Tonight the two T's will square off for the first time, but right now they are on completely different development curves.

Hall is playing 18 minutes a night on the 30th place team, while Seguin is getting 12 minutes a night with the division-leading Boston Bruins. Hall is the more dominant player right now, and while he doesn't see it as a rivalry, he admitted it will be fun to line up against Seguin tonight.

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GDB 62.0: AN EYE ON FUTURE.

Jason Gregor
February 25 2011 12:46PM

Nikolai Khabibulin has an injured eye after taking an ice chip in the eye earlier this week. He played on Tuesday, but the "injury" flared up when they returned home and now he has a bit of bleeding in the eye. He was told to take some time off, so Martin Gerber has been recalled on an emergency basis, but there is no reason he should see the ice.

Now is the time the Oilers should hand the reins to Dubnyk, and let him skate with them.

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THE VALUE OF A DRAFT PICK?

Jason Gregor
February 25 2011 02:25AM

Every year during the month leading up to the NHL trade deadline there are heated debates in chat rooms, on blogs, at coffee rooms, around water coolers and here on the Nation about what is a fair or good return in a trade. It is much easier to debate when actual players are moved, but when people start tossing around draft picks the air becomes much more grey.

What is the true value of a draft pick? Is a 2nd rounder fair return on a eight-year veteran 3rd pairing D-man? Many of us seem to think it is, but is it really?

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