IS LEON DRAISAITL NHL READY?

Lowetide
May 28 2014 03:44PM

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Jason Gregor's terrific interview with Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report (transcript below) frames the Oilers issue at #3 overall perfectly—similar players available, one of whom (Leon Draisaitl) is a perfect fit for an actual need. I buy that, for me there's merit in the argument and the math suggests the trio are very close in quality. The next logical question, then, is "can the Oilers plug and play Leon Draisaitl? Is he NHL ready?"

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WELL DONE, MITCHELL MOROZ

Lowetide
May 26 2014 04:57PM

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In that instant indicated in this photo, Mitchell Moroz' life got complicated. I remember it well, watching NHL network and Peter Loubardias saying kind things about him as the Family Feud 'clang' indicated the selection. Mitchell Moroz the Oil King became Mitchell Moroz the Oiler draft pick, releasing tens of thousands (well, tens) of draft experts to wail about the wasted selection.

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MEMORIAL CUP SUNDAY!

Lowetide
May 25 2014 08:58AM

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The Edmonton Oil Kings have been a part of our community for a long, long time. This year's team won their second WHL championship in three seasons, and, today, have a chance to shake hands with history, just like the Oil Kings of 1963.

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APPROXIMATE TRADE VALUE

Lowetide
May 24 2014 03:50PM

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This is Martin Gernat. The young Slovak is progressing as a pro player after a solid junior career. Observers mention his connection to Martin Marincin from time to time—they're from Kosice, Slovakia, they both play defense, and they both need to eat an extra steak or two over the summer—and they do have a lot in common. One area they are different? The current trade value.

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MAX HEADROOM

Lowetide
May 23 2014 08:45AM

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When it comes to the trade market this summer, Craig MacTavish does have one advantage: cap dollars. He can take on a big contract from a team with cap pressure, and might get a reasonable player at less than full value. Here are 7 such players who could help the Oilers next season.

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