SILK PURSE

Lowetide
August 18 2012 07:34AM

Amid the gasps and shudders inspired by the glorious #1's and the gifted man-child Eberle, the kingdom of Sweden gifted Edmonton with a sturdy lad with speed to burn.

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ROOKIES

Lowetide
August 15 2012 06:07PM

They arrive in our city from exotic places like Toronto, Regina, Norrkoping, Burnaby and Ann Arbour. They don't yet shave, and we don't yet have our favorites. Eventually, they find a way into the hearts of Oilers Nation and we begin the process with a new batch every fall.

What will this fall bring us? Ever heard of Nizhnekamsk?

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SIGNING THE FRANCHISE

Lowetide
August 14 2012 06:24AM

Over the next 24 months, the Edmonton Oilers management group will sign the future. How many years should they wrap up these kids? Is Taylor Hall--injuries and all--worth the risk of a 7-year deal? What does that do to Nuge negotiations a year from now? Should Jordan Eberle receive a matching deal?

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A FACE IN THE CROWD

Lowetide
August 12 2012 09:43AM

The Edmonton Oilers took a practical approach to addressing their defense: using later 1st and 2nd round picks to stock the shelves and then adding later selections when the quality warranted. The three 'early' selections are all on track, and the depth group has a couple of trending prospects. It's too early to shout, but the Edmonton Oilers may well be flush with blue.

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FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

Lowetide
August 11 2012 07:46AM

The Edmonton Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Did they acquire a dominant shooter?

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