Shaping the 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers defence

Jonathan Willis
January 08 2015 09:24PM

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One of the problems that the Oilers have to address between now and whenever they’re going to be competitive is the state of their defence. It’s been a weak point for ages, and has never recovered from the Steve Tambellini-led dismantling it underwent at the start of the current rebuild.

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Bob Green Promoted; More Changes to Come?

Jonathan Willis
January 08 2015 01:43PM

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As of this writing there hasn’t been an official announcement, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Oilers have made a move in their front office, elevating Bob Green to a position of oversight over all scouting.

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Adventures in Development: Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
January 06 2015 06:20AM

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On Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers finally did something they should have done in October and sent 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl back to junior. The late move means that the centre will hit free agency one year later than he would have if he’d spent the entire season in Edmonton, but it comes too late to preserve the first year of Draisaitl’s entry-level contract.

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David Perron traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Jonathan Willis
January 02 2015 10:23AM

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On Friday, the Edmonton Oilers finally put an end to rumours that had been circulating for months, sending David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a first round draft pick and Rob Klinkhammer. 

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Training Wheels

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2014 07:39AM

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On December 15, coming off a 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers, the Edmonton Oilers made the decision to fire head coach Dallas Eakins. It was an inevitable decision, in a lot of ways; coaches just don’t survive teams that post the kind of record that the Oilers did under Eakins’ watch, regardless of whether that record is the fault of the coach or not.

Todd Nelson was promoted from Oklahoma City to replace Eakins on that same day, but for the past two weeks, he's done his job with the general manager hovering over his shoulder. That finally seems to have come to an end. 

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