THE EDMONTON OILERS EXPANSION DRAFT PROTECTED LIST

Lowetide
August 27 2014 03:46PM

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There are rumors all over the hockey world about expansion, and as a certified 'draft nerd' I took this opportunity to submit Edmonton's protected list. These are always tricky, because a bunch of players aren't eligible and of course free agents don't need protection. It's fun all the same, and here's my list.

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ROOKIE CAMP 2010 BEST EVER?

Lowetide
August 25 2014 09:46PM

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It was September 2010, and Edmonton Oilers fans were happily unaware of what the future would hold. That September, the Oilers sent 29 men to Penticton as part of their rookie roster. It was easily the best group of prospects this century, and one of the best in team history

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THE EYES HAVE IT

Lowetide
August 24 2014 10:40AM

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The Edmonton Oilers played a crazy and entertaining game of musical chairs with NHL goaltenders last season. From afar, I'm sure it looked a little nutty—the difference in established level of ability between Devan Dubnyk and Ben Scrivens is not great—but for Oiler fans it all made sense. In this way, it may be the ultimate example of why numbers get lost when the visual is so overpowering. Can it happen again?

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CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Lowetide
August 23 2014 09:58PM

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If your favorite NHL team drafted a defenseman in the second round for ten seasons in a row, would they graduate three of them? Two? The dice have no memory, but Scott Cullen's work at TSN suggests there is a 28% chance a second round selection plays 100 or more NHL games. The Edmonton Oilers have devoted a lot of selections to defensemen in the top 100 picks since 2010. The odds are some are going to develop, right?

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SLEDGE. HAMMER!

Lowetide
August 22 2014 09:43PM

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Boyd Gordon had severe own-zone starts one year ago, and that's unlikely to change in the coming season. The Edmonton Oilers will use Gordon as a defensive zone security blanket and a penalty-killing machine. How will they use Nuge? Arco? Leon? Let's have a look. 

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