GDB 1.O: ANOTHER BABY FACE DEBUTS

Jason Gregor
October 09 2011 11:17AM

 

The Oilers wrapped up their 2nd consecutive 30th-place finish on April 10t, 2011. Two days later Ryan Nugent-Hopkins turned 18, and 73 days after he became a man the Oilers drafted him first overall.

Today all Oilers fans woke up giddy with anticipation of tonight's tilt, thinking that the last six months have seemed like an eternity. Now imagine how nervous, excited and jacked you'd feel if you were an 18-year-old making his NHL debut tonight.

Welcome to Nugent-Hopkins' world. 

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BE AT THE HOME OPENER

Jason Gregor
October 07 2011 04:09PM

Last year Oiler fans were pumped to watch the beginning of Taylor Hall's career, and this weekend many will be just as excited to watch Hall's progress, but starting Sunday you'll also get to watch Ryan Nugent-Hopkins evolve into an NHLer.

Do you want to see them in the home opener?

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
October 05 2011 10:43AM

Maybe you've never heard of Shay Maria, or maybe you have. She cracked the top 99 most gorgeous women in Askmen.ca, but I don't know much more about her. Let's say she is a bit of an unknown, which is exactly how most fans and pundits are looking at the Oilers this season.

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THINGS THAT MUST IMPROVE: POWERPLAY

Jason Gregor
October 04 2011 03:02PM

Dave Andreychuk played 1,597 games before winning the Stanley Cup - the longest streak in NHL history. Keep in mind only eight other players have ever played that many games, so it likely will never be broken. Roman Hamrlik is the active leader, 1,311 games without hosting the Cup, but he'd have to play almost three and a half more years to surpass Andreychuk.

Andreychuk wasn't a great skater, but he had soft hands and was especially good on the powerplay. He holds the NHL record for most career PP goals with 274. There are many areas the Oilers need to improve on next year, but the PP must be near the top of the list.

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A WEEK OF WAITING

Jason Gregor
October 03 2011 11:07AM

If you thought the off-season was long, then this week might kill most Oiler fans. The Oilers don't open their season until Sunday, they will be the last team to play a regular season game, with the Jets opening their season a few hours earlier.

The only positive is that it gives Ryan Whitney more time to get healthy. Whitney was on the ice this morning wearing a regular jersey and he was paired with Tom Gilbert. He didn't wince when he pivoted, which is the motion that causes him the most discomfort, but I won't know until after practice if he thinks he might be ready for Sunday.

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