How well did Adam Larsson play against top opponents last year?

Jonathan Willis
July 24 2016 07:00AM

On Friday, I looked at how Edmonton’s defencemen fared when played against the best opponents in the NHL last year. Immediately and repeatedly I was asked to show how newcomer Adam Larsson did in the same role.

The answer is that it’s complicated.

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Kris Versteeg expected to sign in Bern, further reducing the UFA winger pool

Jonathan Willis
July 23 2016 03:45PM

Kris Versteeg is a 30-year-old right shooting winger with two Stanley Cup rings who might have been a useful bargain signing for several NHL teams. It appears that won’t happen, as he’s expected to sign in Switzerland this weekend.

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How Well Did Edmonton's Defencemen Play Against Top Opponents?

Jonathan Willis
July 22 2016 09:00AM

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The obvious answer is "not well enough," but the reality is a little more complicated. 

When we look only at how Edmonton Oilers defencemen performed against top opponents in 2015-16, we see some patterns, and a wide array of on-ice results. The Oilers' best defenceman against top lines actually finished in the positives, but by shot and goal totals, despite playing in Edmonton. The worst saw his team surrender 20 shots more per hour than it attempted. 

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WWYDW: Leon Draisaitl’s next contract

Jonathan Willis
July 20 2016 10:30AM

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Leon Draisaitl is about to enter the final season of his entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The team has to decide whether to offer him a contract extension now or wait until it has seen more; it also needs to decide whether to offer term and dollars right away or push for a bridge deal.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers for their views on the subject.

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Defining Success for Jesse Puljujarvi

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2016 09:00AM

Jesse Puljujarvi may or may not be NHL-ready next season. If he is capable of playing in the majors, he may not score right away. It’s important to say these things now so that he’s not branded a disappointment if he fails to meet some of the sky-high expectations out there.

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