A Draft Day Blueprint

Jonathan Willis
May 03 2016 07:00AM

Peter Chiarelli4

The NHL Entry Draft tends to be exciting not just because of the young players available for selection to the league’s 30 member clubs, but also because it’s a sort of unofficial summer trade deadline. There’s a clock on each of those draft picks, and each general manager has to decide whether to spend them on young prospects or trade them for immediate help.

A year ago, Edmonton decided to cash in a lot of its picks for immediate help. It would surprise absolutely nobody if the Oilers did so once again.

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Exploiting Cap Hell: Chicago Blackhawks Edition

Jonathan Willis
May 01 2016 08:06PM

Stan Bowman2

For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.

For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the Chicago Blackhawks.

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#MakeitFive Live Coverage

Jonathan Willis
April 30 2016 04:30PM

Draft Lottery

The NHL Draft Lottery may be a poor substitute for playoff hockey, but for the last decade it is pretty much all that fans of the Edmonton Oilers have had to cheer for.

However, while the on-ice results have not been kind to Edmonton, the off-ice ones certainly have. Four times in the last six years, the Oilers have won the draft lottery and the right to select first overall; at this point, the team is basically a lottery dynasty.

On Saturday night, the team tries to #MakeItFive.

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2015-16 Oilers: The Taylor Hall Line

Jonathan Willis
April 30 2016 07:00AM


Taylor Hall entered the year as the Edmonton Oilers’ top line left wing, the anchor point for the club’s best forward unit. He remains at the top of the team’s depth chart, but by the end of the year his line had fallen into a secondary role, victims both of a late-season slump and of the irresistible force that is Connor McDavid.

How did the various iterations of the line perform over the course of the year?

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WWYDW: Would you have any interest in Brent Seabrook?

Jonathan Willis
April 27 2016 04:00PM

Brent Seabrook

A year ago, before Brent Seabrook signed a long contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, he was considered a potential target for the Edmonton Oilers. With Chicago’s early playoff exit and Edmonton’s continuing need for help on the right side, this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday seemed like a good chance to ask our readers whether they would still be interested in the player.

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