Is Patrick Maroon for real?

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2017 04:30PM

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One commonly cited statistic with regard to Patrick Maroon’s transformation in Edmonton is his goals total. After scoring 26 goals in 204 games with Anaheim, he now has 26 goals in just 63 games with the Oilers.

The other way of putting that is that after scoring 26 goals on his first 300 shots (8.7 shooting percentage) he now has 26 goals on his last 144 shots (18.1 shooting percentage). Normally, this sort of thing does not end well, but is there reason to think that Maroon could be an exception to the rule?

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WWYDW: Edmonton Oilers Trade Deadline Strategy

Jonathan Willis
January 18 2017 08:00PM

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It’s the middle of January and the Edmonton Oilers are well-positioned to capture a playoff spot and perhaps even challenge for the division title in the Pacific. This opens up choices and possibilities to general manager Peter Chiarelli as the trade deadline nears—he could buy, sell or choose some sort of middle path.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers what they would do.

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Leon Draisaitl's Near-Perfect 2016-17 Season

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2017 03:00PM

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Entering this season, Leon Draisaitl was a player with an odd mix of positives and negatives on his NHL resume. At his best, he brought to mind Anze Kopitar—a big forward with a nice mix of power, speed, and both offensive and defensive ability. Yet he was also prone to long offensive slumps, particularly when away from Taylor Hall.

In the first half of 2016-17, Draisaitl has done everything possible to allay concerns about his game.

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GDB 46.0: Opportunity Against Arizona

Jonathan Willis
January 16 2017 01:07PM

Game Day

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Edmonton hosts the Arizona Coyotes this evening, and the contest represents an opportunity for the Oilers. From a standings perspective the ‘Yotes are entirely irrelevant, but in other ways they’re unique. The Coyotes have given Edmonton trouble for a long time, and tonight’s game is a chance to prove that a mid-December win in Arizona was a start of a new trend.

It’s also a chance for the Oilers to find some secondary scoring against a team that has trouble keeping the puck out of its own net.

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WWYDW: Scoring Woes

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2017 09:53PM

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Over the last 10 games, Patrick Maroon has scored seven even-strength goals, which is a fantastic total. The remainder of the Edmonton Oilers roster has scored just 10, which is a much less impressive number. Nix the goals that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl tallied, as well as that of injured forward Tyler Pitlick, and Maroon has as many even-strength goals in that span as every healthy bottom-nine forward on the team put together.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what our readers would do to address the problem.

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