2014-15 Goals Projection: No. 1 centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Jonathan Willis
July 19 2014 12:44PM

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the best part of an undermanned Oilers’ centre depth chart, a two-way talent and brilliant power play man who should yet evolve into a legitimate No. 1 centre in the Western Conference. How many goals can he be expected to add next season?

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2014-15 Goals Projection: No. 2 winger Jordan Eberle

Jonathan Willis
July 19 2014 07:00AM

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Jordan Eberle, by virtue of his work with Hockey Canada, was a famous player before he’d so much as skated a shift in Edmonton. He’s evolved into a pretty good offensive winger and a key piece of the Oilers’ rebuild. How many goals will he score next season?

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2014-15 Goals Projection: No. 1 winger Taylor Hall

Jonathan Willis
July 18 2014 09:20PM

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Taylor Hall is Edmonton’s top winger and best player. How does he compare to the best in the West, and how many goals can the Oilers expect from him next season?

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2008-09 Springfield Falcons: Five Years Later

Jonathan Willis
July 16 2014 07:00AM

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On Tuesday we glanced backward at the forwards of the 2008-09 Springfield Falcons, looking to identify how much future value the Oilers had stashed away on a largely inept team. The stars of the forward group were Gilbert Brule and Colin McDonald. Did the team fare any better in net or on defence?

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So much for the safety net

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2014 12:30PM

As Craig MacTavish and his staff attempt to fix the Edmonton Oilers woefully inadequate centre depth chart, they’ve had one luxury: a safety net. While talking trade with other managers and looking for the best possible fit, MacTavish and company could look out at free agency and see a pair of pretty good centres (whatever their warts) in Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy and know that if a deal couldn’t be made they could likely scoop one up for not much money later in the summer.

That’s no longer the case.

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