Learning to process the NHL game

Jason Gregor
July 31 2014 11:57AM

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Is Darnell Nurse ready for the NHL? At this point no one can say for sure. He will be given every opportunity to make the Oilers during the preseason, and possibly for a few regular season games, but I still don't believe 12-14 games is enough time to know to make a proper assessment.

Determining if he is ready can't be gauged strictly on size, strength and skill, which Nurse has in abundance, because the biggest challenge most players face when making the jump to the NHL is reading and understanding the game.

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Rocky's role?

Jason Gregor
July 23 2014 10:22AM

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Rocky Thompson was named assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers last week. He's only 36, but he already has seven years of coaching experience.

Many were wondering what will be bring to the staff? What will his role be? I caught up with Thompson last week to try and find out those answers.

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Oilers prospects: Who, where, why?

Jason Gregor
July 21 2014 11:00AM

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The Oilers prospect cupboard might be as full as it has ever been. They have good depth on the blueline, they finally have some skilled size in the system and, most importantly, they have a few prospects who are NHL ready.

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Positive Friday...

Jason Gregor
July 18 2014 11:00AM

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The Nation is due for some positive thoughts.

The lack of a centre depth on the Oilers has become the beacon of despair in the Nation, and while it is a concern, let's take a break from that angle.

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Dog days of summer meet reality

Jason Gregor
July 16 2014 09:25AM

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July 15th begins a long six-week stretch for hockey fans. The euphoria of the draft and free agency has subsided and now many start to dissect how their team's roster looks like. It is obvious the Oilers are light on proven NHL centres, but are you so desperate to add another centre that Derek Roy's signing in Nashville upsets you?

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