Twice Blessed is Help Unlooked For

Jonathan Willis
November 27 2015 03:15PM


The Edmonton Oilers will be making a change on defence when they play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. As has become the habit of the coaching staff lately, that change is not going to involve Brandon Davidson.

Davidson has simply been too good to scratch.

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Edmonton’s defence and the Washington Capitals

Jonathan Willis
November 24 2015 12:03AM


On Monday night, the Edmonton Oilers played the Washington Capitals, a game which I figured was sure to be an offensive extravaganza, featuring goals, goal and more goals. I decided to track defensive performance in two very specific ways to see how the Oilers defended against one of the game’s best offensive teams.

As it turned out, the answer was “extremely well” and the Caps were limited to just the one goal. That’s one more than the Oilers got, but as my primary focus was on the defence this is till going to be a pretty cheery piece.

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The Future & Teddy Purcell

Jonathan Willis
November 23 2015 12:00PM


Teddy Purcell has found some rhythm. After recording just two points in his first 10 games of the year, he has nine in his last 10 contests. He’s filling the same role he played with such success in Tampa Bay a few years back, as the complementary winger on a line with bigger talents, and he’s filling it well.

The question now is what the Edmonton Oilers should do with the pending unrestricted free agent.

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It Seems Unlikely that the Edmonton Oilers will land Travis Hamonic

Jonathan Willis
November 19 2015 09:53PM

The last 36 hours or so have been all about Travis Hamonic. For the Edmonton Oilers, the possibility of landing Hamonic is tantalizing. He’s a perfect fit for positional need, his age, cap hit and experience level are all extremely appealing, and he even wants to come to Western Canada. Colleagues Jason Gregor and Matt Henderson have both written on the subject already, and that’s just at this website.

It’s a shame then that a trade which sees Hamonic land in Edmonton seems so unlikely.

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WWYDW: A Professional Tryout for Mike Richards

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2015 08:00AM

Edmonton’s depth at centre is not good at the moment. With Connor McDavid on the shelf long-term, Edmonton has been employing all of Mark Letestu, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller at centre; that trio has now combined for 42 games but not a single even-strength point.

With that in mind, does it make sense for the Oilers to offer free agent centre Mike Richards a professional tryout?

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