Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle pointless in AHL opener; Barons lose 2-1

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2012 08:29PM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle may yet light up the American Hockey League, but it didn’t happen for them in their first game of the season. Instead, both were held off the score-sheet despite a seemingly limitless run of power plays, and the Oklahoma City Barons dropped their opening game.

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The Organizational Depth Chart

Jonathan Willis
October 11 2012 11:44AM

What is the Oilers’ current status at all positions? The finalization of Oklahoma’s roster gives us some clues as to where the various depth players stand. After the jump, my take on the Oilers’ depth chart in all positions.

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10 Points: Oklahoma, the lockout, and John Muckler

Jonathan Willis
October 08 2012 12:13PM

After the jump: thoughts on the latest moves in Oklahoma City, wondering how long the lockout will last, and getting John Muckler's views on being an NHL general manager.

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The Best of the Nation – 10.7.12

Jonathan Willis
October 07 2012 09:13AM

After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.

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How Barry Fraser and the Edmonton Oilers’ scouting staff did their part to end a dynasty

Jonathan Willis
October 05 2012 07:17AM

It is commonly accepted that Barry Fraser and the Oilers’ scouting staff did tremendous work early in the team’s NHL existence, laying the foundation for the dynasty years.

It is also commonly accepted that during the mid-1990’s, the same group undermined the team, squandering a host of early picks and ultimately failing to produce an adequate supply of young talent for the team.

Less well known is this: that the poor work of that scouting staff during the dynasty years helped bring an end to the powerhouse Oilers.

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