THE EPIC 2006 STANLEY RUN: PART ONE

Lowetide
May 07 2016 07:54PM

In a series that begins today, we are going to re-visit a magical time—the late winter, spring and early summer of 2006. The first chapter opens as we approach the trade deadline. A top flight NHL team is hanging around the final playoff spot, badly in need of a goalie. GM Kevin Lowe casts about looking for a solution, and my goodness did he find one.

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ONTARIO LEAGUE FORWARDS

Lowetide
May 06 2016 05:36PM

There's a chance the Edmonton Oilers choose a player from the OHL at No 4 overall. I looked at three defensemen who offer strong resume's in the first look at the Ontario league, and now we take a good long look at five forwards who have been mentioned a time or two in discussions about that high draft pick.

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ONTARIO LEAGUE BLUE

Lowetide
May 01 2016 01:37PM

The Ontario League (OHL) has an enormous crop of draft-eligible players ready to be selected by NHL teams in the 2016 draft. The league that has supplied legends from Orr to Gretzky to Lindros to McDavid will not produce the top pick, the second pick or (likely) the third pick. After that? Look out.

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WHEN LUCK GETS ANGRY

Lowetide
April 30 2016 09:22AM

I have promised myself this draft lottery day will never match last year (this video has been viewed over 100,000 times—I am in for over 50 myself) but the new rules mean there is grave danger as well as rich reward at 6pm our time.

Everybody is talking about the lottery. Will Edmonton win? At what point does luck become diabolical? The NHL draft lottery has fans yelling at hood ornaments, shaking fists at clouds and working themselves into an epic Saturday night lather.

Is the NHL lottery a sport? The searing pain in that video suggests the answer is yes.

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WHO SHOULD GO NO. 4?

Lowetide
April 29 2016 09:05PM

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The NHL draft lottery goes tomorrow—in less than 24 hours we will know where Edmonton is slotted among the lottery teams. If the tumblers click in the right order, the internet could be down for days! If the Oilers choose second or third, most fans will know the names of Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi. What about No. 4? No. 5? Who should be considered the favorite for those spots. Well, I would like to say it is difficult to identify the player Edmonton probably likes, but he is making himself very obvious. 

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