Connor McDavid and the threat of Antoine Roussel

Jonathan Willis
September 21 2015 12:31PM

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Paul Bissonnette took the hard road to the NHL, earning more than 200 games in the majors primarily through his pugilistic abilities. An outspoken and popular presence online, Bissonnette recently responded to a question about the relationship between Luke Gazdic and Connor McDavid, and offered an intriguing defence of the necessity of Edmonton’s enforcer. We can boil that defence down to one name: Antoine Roussel.

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Darnell Nurse will have to pass Griffin Reinhart to make the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
September 20 2015 08:00AM

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When Peter Chiarelli traded for Griffin Reinhart at the 2015 Draft, he did more than bring in a building block on the back end. He set up a formidable obstacle in the path of Darnell Nurse, who will now almost certainly have to pass the former No. 4 overall draft pick if he is to make the Oilers’ roster.

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Report: Oscar Klefbom Agrees to Seven-Year Extension

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2015 01:35PM

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It appears that Oscar Klefbom is going to be part of the Oilers for the long haul. On Saturday morning, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported that the defenceman had agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the team, with the deal to be finalized shortly.

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Pity the poor forwards trying to crack the Oilers’ roster

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2015 12:45PM

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We got our first look at how the Oilers’ revamped hockey operations staff views it’s (also somewhat revamped) forward corps yesterday as training camp opened. Todd McLellan’s day one lines were intelligent and make it painfully clear how difficult it’s going to be for Edmonton’s fringe NHL types to hang on to roster spots.

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WWYDW: The Plan for Justin Schultz

Jonathan Willis
September 16 2015 08:00AM

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Any general manager needs to have some idea of the way forward. In the case of the Edmonton Oilers, the path is obvious in some cases. Connor McDavid, for example, should be a fixture for as long as he’s healthy and willing to play in Edmonton. On the other end of the scale, expensive stopgaps like Teddy Purcell and Nikita Nikitin are unlikely to get another contract with the Oilers.

That brings us to Justin Schultz, the undeniably talented and exceedingly controversial defenceman who could plausibly be with Edmonton for another 10 years or be gone within the next 10 months. Armchair general managers, your question this week is this: What would your plan for Schultz look like?

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