Ten Points: Special “off the rails” edition

Jonathan Willis
December 17 2012 12:04PM

There is some high-end talent in the Edmonton Oilers’ system, and guys like Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov are enjoying stunning 2012-13 campaigns – in fact, late last week I made the argument that those two players were the best drafted prospects in the league. After those two, however, the news for Oilers prospects as a group has been decidedly disappointing. Injuries have knocked out guys like Oscar Klefbom and Martin Gernat, while many others have simply struggled to perform as expected this season.

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Best of the Nation - 12.16.12

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2012 11:23AM

The lockout keeps rolling on, but that doesn't mean we lacked for quality content this week. We had another entry in our "Worst to First" jerseys series, talked about the frightening salary cap situation for a bunch of teams, looked at how forward usage by NHL coaches has evolved over the last few seasons, talked about the World Juniors and buyouts, the lockout and the league's very best prospect, as well as half a dozen things I'm not even mentioning.

More after the jump!

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Is Justin Schultz the best prospect in the NHL?

Jonathan Willis
December 15 2012 11:26AM

According to former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button, the answer is “yes.”

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Let’s talk about contraction

Jonathan Willis
December 14 2012 11:54AM

Contraction is a favourite concept of hockey writers around North America. For those who simply want to see higher-calibre hockey, it’s a beautiful dream – fewer teams means higher quality players at the highest level, something that can’t help but result in better hockey. Most recently, though, contraction has emerged as a preferred cudgel with which to beat the NHLPA.

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Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall separated in Oklahoma

Jonathan Willis
December 13 2012 07:45AM

With the Oklahoma City Barons sliding down the AHL standings – the team currently sits ninth in the Western Conference and has lost five straight games – head coach Todd Nelson has opted to shuffle the lines. Not only has he broken up the “Nordic Line” of Teemu Hartikainen, Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi, but he’s separated NHL stars Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

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