SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE

Lowetide
March 23 2016 06:52PM

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The story of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' season has more twists than an 'It's Always Sunny' episode, and I expect we could see some fireworks around draft day. If you add up all the rumors, what do they tell us?

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WEEKEND UPDATE (MARCH MADNESS)

Lowetide
March 20 2016 11:53PM

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Anton Slepyshev has endured a long and winding road this season. He began with an impressive training camp, and won an NHL job early on. When the performance level faded a little, it was off to Bakersfield where he slumped, got hurt, and is now finding the range. In our look at March madness in the Oilers system, Slepyshev shines like a diamond.

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GDB 75.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - ENDLESS NIGHT

Lowetide
March 20 2016 11:31AM

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The Edmonton Oilers had the walk but got trampled, and were are left to wonder if we are about to see the engine dismantled. I don't think this summer in Edmonton is going to resemble the last 10. This time, a veteran general manager has a clear course of action, the assets to acquire the needed pieces, and a pressing need to turn north. There will be blood.

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IS BAKERSFIELD VALUE VILLAGE?

Lowetide
March 19 2016 08:57AM

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Almost five years ago, in the summer of 2011, Tyler Pitlick was a forward prospect trying to make his way through junior hockey and into the NHL. These years later, he is still trying to climb that mountain, due mostly to injuries. As much as it would be nice to say that he was outplayed by superior prospects developed by Edmonton, the truth is the system has not delivered—and there still may be a place for him. Why? The need for value contracts. 

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WHO IN THE WORLD IS TROY STECHER?

Lowetide
March 16 2016 03:29PM

UND’s Troy Stecher could be a college free agent this spring (this is his junior year). A RH defender who can run a power play (his NHL Equivalency is 23 points), Stecher would be a nice fit for Edmonton despite lack of size (he is 5.10, 190). Hmm. A right-handed, undersized puck-moving defender from college? Hey, I know what you're thinking. There is some evidence this young man has a different story to tell.

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