JUSTIN SCHULTZ: FRAMING THE ISSUE

Lowetide
March 30 2014 10:43AM

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The Edmonton Oilers love Justin Schultz. It's obvious, made clear in all kinds of ways. The main one has to do with time on ice—Schultz has played more minutes this season than all but 50 NHL defensemen. Schultz has not delivered enough in those situations. What will the Oilers do?

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HOW MANY CAN THEY KEEP?

Lowetide
March 29 2014 07:58AM

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It was not so long ago that Jeff Petry (in photo) was playing in Oklahoma City and the Oilers were hoping Taylor Chorney and Theo Peckham would develop. Now, Petry is in the NHL, and 200+ games into his career. Chorney and Peckham are down the line.

The Oilers have a large number of defensemen in the system, and when Dillon Simpson is signed it's going to get crazy. Can they keep all of them? Who is expendable?

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LANDER'S PROGRESS

Lowetide
March 27 2014 07:25PM

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I was hoping to see Anton Lander play with skill for a prolonged period at the end of the season. Why? Two reasons. First, can he score enough to justify a top 9F role? Second, what do his possession numbers look like when playing with good NHL players. It looks like we have our answer.

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ROCKING THE MAPLE LEAF IN MINSK?!?!?!?

Lowetide
March 26 2014 07:23PM

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Canada's management group for this year's World Hockey Championships have been named. The tournament will go in Minsk (Belarus) in May. Rob Blake is the GM this year, with Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers, Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes and Brad Pascall of Hockey Canada helping him out.

If called, will Taylor Hall go? Should he go?

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SPRING FEVER

Lowetide
March 23 2014 04:03PM

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Canada's junior teams are beginning their playoffs this weekend, with championships in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL at stake, plus a chance to play for the Memorial Cup in May. The Oilers have several kids playing and early results are very good.

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