Is Jake Gardiner’s five-year extension a fair comparable for Justin Schultz?

Jonathan Willis
July 30 2014 10:38AM

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On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs shifted course dramatically on defenceman Jake Gardiner, signing the former University of Wisconsin standout to a five-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4.05 million.

In Edmonton, meanwhile, Justin Schultz remains unsigned. Could he sign a contract comparable to the one his ex-Badgers teammate just inked?

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Where does Luke Gazdic fit in?

Jonathan Willis
July 29 2014 11:51AM

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This summer, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish unveiled an ambitious plan for next season’s team: three scoring lines and a defensive zone specialty unit. He then signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year extension.

Are these things mutually exclusive?

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2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Forwards

Jonathan Willis
July 28 2014 11:49AM

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So far in this series, we’ve looked at the players projected to fill the Oilers’ three offensive lines in 2014-15. Rather than deal with the rest of the players individually, we’ll take the rest of the forwards as a group and see how Edmonton’s total forward line-up compares to the eight playoff teams in the West last season.

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Mark Arcobello & Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
July 26 2014 04:02PM

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We’ve talked the centres to death, and it’s abundantly clear that nobody has much confidence in the duo of Arcobello and Draisaitl handling the two scoring lines not centered by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

How many goals can we expect from the two, and how does the Oilers’ top-nine forward group compare to the best teams in the West in terms of projected goal-scoring?

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Nail Yakupov

Jonathan Willis
July 25 2014 01:16PM

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Nail Yakupov is the most interesting player on the Edmonton Oilers roster because he is still something of a mystery. He has high-end skill – his first overall selection in the 2012 Draft was no accident – and led all rookies in scoring in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. On the other hand, things went very, very, badly last season.

What should we expect from him in the goal-scoring department in 2014-15?

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