An Opportunity for Zack Kassian to Show His Quality

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2016 04:48PM


People like yours truly tend to complain whenever there’s a weak spot on an NHL team’s depth chart. For actual NHL players with their eyes on moving up the lineup, though, any weak spot represents a golden opportunity.

This fall, the opportunity at right wing is one that Nail Yakupov and Jesse Puljujarvi will seek to exploit, but they won’t be the only ones. Zack Kassian’s major-league career cannot have gone the way he had planned, but he can change the narrative in a substantial way if he starts off well this season.

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Making the Case for Another Right Wing

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2016 11:18AM


Yesterday, I wrote that Radim Vrbata signing in Arizona was a missed opportunity for the Oilers. Many in the comments section disagreed, and so I thought it might be helpful to make the larger case as to why Edmonton needs another good right wing.

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Missed Opportunity

Jonathan Willis
August 18 2016 07:00AM

On Tuesday, veteran right wing Radim Vrbata officially signed with the Arizona Coyotes, returning to his long-time team. Given the terms of the deal, this should certainly be regarded as good news for the Coyotes, a team which had an obvious need at right wing and may have adequately filled it on the cheap.

It should also be regarded as bad news for the Edmonton Oilers, who not only saw a division rival get stronger but also missed a chance to add a player who could have done much to shore up their own weak starboard side.

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Building on an Inheritance

Jonathan Willis
August 13 2016 03:18PM

Peter Chiarelli

Perspective is an interesting thing. The Oilers have now been reshaped by two busy summers of Peter Chiarelli’s handiwork, and as big and surprising as some of the moves initially were we can’t say that they were out of character for the Edmonton general manager.

Why? Because what he’s doing in Alberta is pretty similar to what he did in Massachusetts.

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WWYDW: Peter Chiarelli’s first summer

Jonathan Willis
August 10 2016 01:07PM


Peter Chiarelli has been nothing if not bold as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, authoring significant change in each of his first two summers at the helm of the team. It remains to be seen how the moves he’s made this summer will work out, but we now have a year’s worth of hindsight with which to judge his first summer in charge.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what you would keep and what you would change from his first summer on the job.

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