GDB 44.0: St.Louis, start of a tough stretch

Jason Gregor
January 13 2015 12:14PM

Over the next 35 days the Oilers play 15 games. In that time they will have a week off between January 20th and 27th for the All-star break, but 12 of those 15 games are on the road, and only two of them come against teams not in the playoffs or a playoff race: New Jersey and Ottawa.

The honeymoon is over for Todd Nelson. We'll see how his team fares against some tough road competition starting tonight against the very good, and big and heavy, St. Louis Blues.

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
January 12 2015 03:31PM

monday musings

It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.

We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.

Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.

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GDB 42.0: Hall is healthy

Jason Gregor
January 09 2015 01:30PM

Taylor Hall's production through the first half of the season has not been close to how he produced the previous two years. In 2013 and 2014 he had 130 points in 120 games. He produced the 6th most points in the entire NHL during that span, but so far this season he has struggled.

He has 25 points in 35 games thus far, but Hall told me that his health is not the reason his numbers have dipped.

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A new plan for Oilers development?

Jason Gregor
January 08 2015 02:46PM

The Oilers' recent track record of developing players has not been good. Too often they have rushed players to the NHL, or in some cases to the American Hockey League. However, their decision to send Leon Draisaitl back to the Western Hockey League, finally, was correct and hopefully a sign that the organization is going to be more patient with their young players moving forward.

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Matt Fraser: Wise beyond his years

Jason Gregor
January 07 2015 12:38PM

Matt Fraser is five days younger than Jordan Eberle, but not much else about their hockey career paths is the same. They both played in the WHL. Eberle in Regina, while Fraser played eight games for Red Deer before being traded to Kootenay and playing four full seasons for the Ice.

Eberle was a first round pick, 22nd overall in 2008. Fraser went undrafted. At 20, Eberle was an NHL rookie, while Fraser was playing in final season in the WHL. The Dallas Stars signed the 20 year old to a three year entry level deal in November of 2010, and he debuted in their organization with Texas of the AHL in September of 2011.

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