Oilers Improved Draft Grades

Lowetide
January 09 2011 09:15AM

Player procurement is a vital part of any NHL team. Draft bullets are only as valuable as the men who decide to pull the trigger on draft day. In the last 15 seasons, Edmonton Oiler fans have been exposed to the good, the bad and the ugly from three different head scouts. It's been a long time coming, but there is strong evidence the draft bullets are finding their target.

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Bullets and Bad Guys

Lowetide
January 08 2011 07:58AM

There has been much worry of late over NHL teams taking liberties with the Oilers best forwards. Ales Hemsky, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner have all suffered from cheap shots, late hits, borderline head shots and general poor conduct on the part of the opposition.

Oilers management rolls out Steve MacIntyre in these cases, and of course the other side throws their pawn in this game over the boards too. The fact is that the Edmonton Oilers don't have much physical presence when the skilled men are on the ice. The Oilers need a Lucic or Kassian, but finding him is the problem. 

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Go Canada Go!

Lowetide
January 05 2011 06:49AM

This is Jordan Eberle scoring one of the most famous goals in the game's history. The timing (perfect) and the degree of difficulty (impossible) add to the appeal of this photo. Tonight in Buffalo, a new chapter will be written.

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Oh Canada!

Lowetide
January 03 2011 09:21AM

Team Canada plays the Americans today in the latest battle with our friends to the south. The World Juniors have a special place in the hearts of this nation, partly because it's a preview of coming attractions (see photo). Edmonton Oiler fans have learned to pay special attention to the World Juniors over the years. It's a chance to see future Oilers and has been from the beginning.

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Oilers Prospects Continue to Roll

Lowetide
January 02 2011 06:54AM

Colin McDonald looks like a "late bloomer." Drafted in 2003, he's now 26 years old and technically no longer Oiler property (he is signed to an AHL contract). Why bother talking about him? McDonald is tied for 2nd in AHL goal-scoring this season. He's on pace for 40, and headlines an exceptional group of Oilers prospects who are having impact seasons. 

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