Craig MacTavish and the Assistant Coaches

Jonathan Willis
April 17 2014 04:17PM

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One of the most controversial items in Craig MacTavish’s press conference earlier this week was the treatment he gave a question regarding the assistant coaches. It’s understandable that the general manager's comments rubbed a few people the wrong way, because while he came out strongly in support of Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger he didn’t give critics of the team a reason to change their own opinions.

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Anton Belov goes back to Russia

Jonathan Willis
April 16 2014 07:23AM

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On Tuesday, I argued at some length that Anton Belov would be a really nice option to have at the bottom of Edmonton's roster next season. Naturally, on Wednesday morning came news that the defenceman was returning to Russia. So feel free to get your requests in for my next piece below; I assume 'tell us again why Shea Weber will stay in Nashville forever' will be a popular one. 

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Another Year for Anton Belov?

Jonathan Willis
April 15 2014 07:00AM

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One of the more difficult players to get a read on this season is Anton Belov. In his first year in North America, the Russian rearguard offered an intriguing mix of ability and error. Should the Edmonton Oilers give him another season to find his way?

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The Choice

Jonathan Willis
April 10 2014 12:07AM

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There are only so many slots available for young defencemen on an NHL roster, which is why it makes sense to think that only one of Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse will play for the Edmonton Oilers next season.

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End of Roster Forwards

Jonathan Willis
April 09 2014 07:00AM

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This late season run was supposed to be an opportunity for some of the Oilers top AHL prospects – players like Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick – to show they belonged in the NHL.

Instead, Lander’s floundering in a feature role and Pitlick can’t string half a dozen healthy games together. But that doesn’t mean nobody’s taking advantage of the opportunity.

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