SO WHAT?

Lowetide
April 26 2012 07:29PM

There was a time in this fair land when the Edmonton Oilers could find useful defensemen at midnight in a snowstorm. Toronto gave up on Jason Smith at the exact wrong time, Atlanta flushed Steve Staois and he was immediately effective, the club dealt for Jan Hejda and he established himself as an NHL defender. Nowadays, Oilers seem to have lost the midas touch, unable to find those undervalued blue men at midnight or high noon, in a snowstorm or under the bright lights.

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COMPLETING THE FAB FOUR

Lowetide
April 23 2012 08:11PM

Since winning the lottery and the right to pick 1st overall in the 2012 draft, most fans and pundits have assumed that the club will pick young Russian Nail Yakupov. Makes sense. He's the most talented offensive player in the draft. But does that mean they'll take him? Is there a chance the Oilers trade down and grab a defenseman as the final member of their draft "fab four?"

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DELAYED KLEFBOM

Lowetide
April 22 2012 07:20PM

Edmonton Oilers badly need good defenseman and help is on the way. Oscar Klefbom is rumored to be close to an NHL entry level deal, ensuring the club's best long term prospect will be an Oiler. The question is when?

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MILES TO GO

Lowetide
April 22 2012 09:13AM

The playoffs are underway in the American Hockey League, but the offensive leader--and most talented offensive player--is not on the roster. Edmonton and Oklahoma fans will say goodbye to Linus Omark over the summer, but we shouldn't be surprised if he lands in another NHL city and thrives.

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OUTSTANDING RIEDER

Lowetide
April 21 2012 08:32AM

Tobias Rieder is another of Stu MacGregor's "after 100" picks. He is tracking very well after being selected outside the top 100 in his draft year and he could be a "draft steal" if he can keep it going.

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