Dustin Penner

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2011 10:55PM

Early on, I was a Dustin Penner critic. While even early on I’d gladly admit that Penner was easily Kevin Lowe’s best foray into acquiring restricted free agents, I didn’t start warming up to him until 2008-09 and didn’t become a dedicated fan until last season.

Now though, I’d argue that it would be a serious mistake to move Dustin Penner.*

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Shootout Vulnerabilities

Jonathan Willis
February 08 2011 05:38PM

Toronto head coach Ron Wilson takes a lot of flak, but he’s still an innovative head coach. One of the things he does is track goaltender performance in the shootout, analyzing whether various goaltenders struggle with left- or right-handed shots.

That got me wondering – do the Oilers’ goaltenders have a weakness against left- or right-handed shooters in the shootout?

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Bring Back The Electric Norseman!

Jonathan Willis
February 07 2011 01:29PM

Once again, Patrick Thoresen wants to return to the NHL. He tried to land an NHL job last year and was unsuccessful after a spectacular KHL season, so this year he went out and had a more spectacular KHL season. This is a guy who deserves another crack at an NHL job.

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The First Overall Pick: Avoid Nugent-Hopkins

Jonathan Willis
February 05 2011 09:39PM

 

 

As it stands today, at least four players have a legitimate shot at going first overall: defenceman Adam Larsson of the Swedish Elite League, and forwards Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog.

After looking through the numbers, I’m convinced that Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection.

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The Walking Dead: Feb. 5 Lottery Standings

Jonathan Willis
February 05 2011 03:08PM

It took five-eighths of the season to do it, but the Edmonton Oilers have finally taken sole possession of 30th in the National Hockey League, thus giving them the best shot at the first overall pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. But can they hold that position?

After the jump, a look at the current lottery standings, and the other contenders for the 30th slot and the best chance at this summer’s first overall pick.

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