Oilers 2015-16 in Review: The Overview

Jonathan Willis
April 10 2016 11:50AM

McLellan and Chiarelli

With the 2015-16 season now in the books, it’s possible to assess the season-over-season improvement in the team under the watch of new general manager Peter Chiarelli and new head coach Todd McLellan thanks to coaching and personnel shifts.

This is going to be a multi-part series, but it starts with the four most important areas of team performance and shines a light on what improved, what regressed and what didn’t change at all year-over-year.

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Oilers sign undrafted college goalie Nick Ellis

Jonathan Willis
April 07 2016 04:21PM

The Edmonton Oilers added a goalie to their prospect system on Thursday, signing undrafted Providence Friars stopper Nick Ellis to an entry-level contract.

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Statement Game

Jonathan Willis
April 07 2016 11:33AM

Oilers arena

The phrase “statement game” gets tossed around liberally, and should be regarded with suspicion. For any team, a professional NHL season is a complicated thing, 82 games plus playoffs of ups and downs and injuries and bounces and myriad other factors that outsiders sometimes see and sometimes never hear of. Boiling all that down to a handful of character-defining moments always means losing detail and nuance, and often means lazily generalizing by a few easy-to-remember (and generally recent) events.

Because of all that, it’s worth taking this next part with a grain of salt. But Game 81 against the Vancouver Canucks certainly felt like a statement game to me.

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2016 11:52AM


Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating.

It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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Rob Schremp vs. Linus Omark

Jonathan Willis
April 04 2016 09:00AM


Say what one will about Rob Schremp and Linus Omark, neither player has been forgotten in Oil Country. Both are having interesting seasons, and as another disappointing year winds down in Edmonton it’s probably a good time to check in on a pair of players who continue to inspire emotion in Alberta years after their departure from the Oilers’ organization.

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