The Revolving Door Next to Eric Gryba

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2015 03:45PM


One of the big storylines through training camp was head coach Todd McLellan’s decision to run NHL-style lines immediately. The thinking went that this would allow the Oilers’ players to gel as units and allow the coaches to get a firm read on what they could expect from lines and pairings.

With that in mind, it’s interesting that the signals sent out on Monday indicate the Griffin Reinhart will be scratched for the second consecutive game and that Eric Gryba will get his third defence partner in as many nights.

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Can Edmonton afford to pass on Matt Irwin?

Jonathan Willis
October 11 2015 06:33PM

On Sunday, the Boston Bruins waived defenceman Matt Irwin, a mobile, puck-moving, 6’1”, 207 pound defenceman who most recently played under Todd McLellan in San Jose. Can the Oilers afford not to put a claim in?

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Nikita Nikitin is going nowhere

Jonathan Willis
October 11 2015 02:59PM


Everyone hoping that Nikita Nikitin would just quietly disappear to Russia will simply have to get used to disappointment. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 29-year-old defenceman will be staying in the Oilers’ system after all.

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The McDavid era begins with something familiar: A loss

Jonathan Willis
October 08 2015 08:51PM


It was Connor McDavid's first NHL game, but in a lot of ways things didn't look much different for the Edmonton Oilers. Visiting one of the toughest teams in the Western Conference, the Oilers struggled to get to scoring areas and ultimately found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 score.

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How is Todd McLellan going to run his defence?

Jonathan Willis
October 08 2015 09:45AM

Defensive mess

It’s been a key weakness for the Edmonton Oilers for literally years now, and despite a busy offseason it isn’t clear that the options available on defence have dramatically improved from what was on the roster a year ago. Now it’s up to Todd McLellan to get the most out of an uncertain group. How is he going to do it?

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