THE PUSH

Lowetide
July 25 2016 07:48PM

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A lot of what happens to Edmonton's stable of prospects depends on Peter Chiarelli's opinion of them.

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER

Lowetide
July 24 2016 10:29AM

NHL equivalencies are a great way to put a bunch of players outside the NHL into a single category for the purposes of estimating offense. It is not perfect, but does act as a reasonable guideline for fans to project prospects into the immediate future. This year's NHLEs have one major issue, but once again give us a solid look at Edmonton's top forward prospects.

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MATTHEW CAIRNS

Lowetide
July 23 2016 06:46PM

In the middle of the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft—with most of the top end CHL kids already chosen—Edmonton looked to the OJHL for defender Matthew Cairns. One month later, there are still questions about this player, and what he brings. Let's have a look.

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FREE AGENTS! ALL IT TAKES IS MONEY!!

Lowetide
July 22 2016 09:01PM

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Since Charlie Huddy left for the Winnipeg rail yards, the Edmonton Oilers have been mostly unable to identify useful defensemen—in the draft, or at the NHL level. I think the Oilers are very high on Griffin Reinhart (photo by Mark Williams) and Darnell Nurse, but the gap between opening night 2016-17 and their ability to contribute to wins is a worry. A possible solution? Veteran UFAs, and they are an interesting group.

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DAVID MUSIL'S NEXT CONTRACT

Lowetide
July 19 2016 06:49PM

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The Edmonton Oilers qualified defenseman David Musil on June 27, and he will likely sign a contract similar to Jordan Oesterle ($585,000, one year). Musil's entry-level deal—the one that just expired—held a cap hit of $894,166. Why would Musil take a cut in pay (should he play with Edmonton)? Comes the answer: To get to the NHL, and possibly stay there. Such is the developing salary gap between the haves and have-nots in today's NHL. 

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