NHL EQUIVALENCIES FOR TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (D)

Lowetide
July 24 2014 08:03PM

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Brad Hunt found a home with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013-14, and this season he may do a little better than that with the Oilers organization. A team that ran through 14 defensemen a year ago will probably use close to a baker's dozen this time. Who is most likely to see NHL time?

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THE END OF THE STAY-AT-HOMES

Lowetide
July 24 2014 09:22AM

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That's Boston's Don Awrey up against Walter Tkaczuk, 40 years ago. Awrey was a stay-at-home defenseman, and every team had two or three. Shot blockers, penalty killers, tough-as-nails and absolutely filthy compared to the game today. Stay-at-home defensemen aren't stellar puck movers and passers, and the game's progress away from defense and toward controlled retrieval and the outlet pass have made this group less important by the year. Comparing this summer's first round to the 2004 draft—just ten years ago—puts things into perspective.

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OPENING NIGHTS, THEN AND NOW

Lowetide
July 22 2014 01:22PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are predictable when it comes to their roster spots—so predictable that we can surround the opening night lineup with very little trouble. It's been years since an actual surprise emerged and won a job during the pre-season, and it's extremely unlikely to happen this season.

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THE 2014 DRAFT (OILERS)

Lowetide
July 20 2014 08:17PM

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The Edmonton Oilers flew in to PHL with a small list of needs and one target. Result: They covered all bases. Big franchise center? Check. Goalies of the future? Check. A bunch of men who they don't need to sign in two years? Check and mate.

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LEON AND SAM

Lowetide
July 19 2014 08:56PM

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The Edmonton Oilers made the call, and now they have to live with it. Sam Bennett is three hours down the QE2 and ready to make life miserable for Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers. Which one would you have chosen? Does it matter? So many questions, and a few answers too.

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