ONTARIO LEAGUE BLUE

Lowetide
May 01 2016 01:37PM

The Ontario League (OHL) has an enormous crop of draft-eligible players ready to be selected by NHL teams in the 2016 draft. The league that has supplied legends from Orr to Gretzky to Lindros to McDavid will not produce the top pick, the second pick or (likely) the third pick. After that? Look out.

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WHEN LUCK GETS ANGRY

Lowetide
April 30 2016 09:22AM

I have promised myself this draft lottery day will never match last year (this video has been viewed over 100,000 times—I am in for over 50 myself) but the new rules mean there is grave danger as well as rich reward at 6pm our time.

Everybody is talking about the lottery. Will Edmonton win? At what point does luck become diabolical? The NHL draft lottery has fans yelling at hood ornaments, shaking fists at clouds and working themselves into an epic Saturday night lather.

Is the NHL lottery a sport? The searing pain in that video suggests the answer is yes.

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WHO SHOULD GO NO. 4?

Lowetide
April 29 2016 09:05PM

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The NHL draft lottery goes tomorrow—in less than 24 hours we will know where Edmonton is slotted among the lottery teams. If the tumblers click in the right order, the internet could be down for days! If the Oilers choose second or third, most fans will know the names of Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi. What about No. 4? No. 5? Who should be considered the favorite for those spots. Well, I would like to say it is difficult to identify the player Edmonton probably likes, but he is making himself very obvious. 

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REACH FOR THE TOP

Lowetide
April 28 2016 05:40PM

Bob McKenzie of TSN is a central figure in the annual NHL Entry Draft. His list is the industry standard—hockey insiders tell the media insider exactly what they are thinking, and we get to have a sneak peak into what everyone is thinking. This year, there was an absence of Taylor vs. Tyler for the entire winter, but as the warmth of the sun hits Edmonton, we have an interesting twist to the 2016 plot.

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MAKING THE CALL ON THE RFAs

Lowetide
April 26 2016 09:39PM

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Edmonton Oilers have some decisions to make on restricted free agents this spring. Based on Peter Chiarelli's own statements about what he wants his team to look like, we can probably make the call on most of them.

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