Leon Draisaitl: The offence is ready, the defence a work in progress

Jonathan Willis
September 28 2014 11:51PM

Draisaitl, Leon

The Oilers’ lopsided 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday featured a lovely combination of an inept offence and porous defence, but there were some exceptions to those trends.

One of them was rookie forward Leon Draisaitl, whose defensive game could have been better but who looked far, far better than the scoring wingers on his line when he entered the offensive zone.

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What does Bogdan Yakimov need to do to make the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2014 02:30PM

Yakimov, Bogdan

Between the Penticton Young Stars tournament and the early results of the preseason, Edmonton fans have been treated to some surprisingly good performances from players in Oilers sweaters.

Among the best of those performances has been that of Bogdan Yakimov. The 6’5”, 232 pound Russian hasn’t looked like a player struggling to adapt to North America, and between his massive size and his ability with and without the puck he’s managed to get some fans thinking about the possibility of him playing NHL minutes in 2014-15.

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Does Nail Yakupov need to play right wing?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2014 07:00AM


Last night in Winnipeg, Nail Yakupov was put on the left wing of Edmonton’s first line, playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. The line didn’t play very well; Yakupov was terrible.

Early in the second period, Dallas Eakins bumped Yakupov down to the second line and back to right wing. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle took off, and Yakupov was much improved.

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Anton Lander and the Power Play

Jonathan Willis
September 24 2014 08:08AM


Anton Lander might be the most baffling prospect in the Oilers' system. He found another level offensively in the American League in 2013-14, but continued to post Jean-Francois Jacquesian scoring totals when promoted to the majors. What’s going on?

A look at his situational statistics is illuminating.

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Edmonton Oilers cut virtually an entire team’s worth of players

Jonathan Willis
September 23 2014 02:47PM

Dallas Eakins 7

The Oilers made their first significant set of training camp cuts on Tuesday, and the coaching staff didn’t hold back, axing most of the team’s youngest prospects and dumping a whole pile of lower-level professionals down to Oklahoma City.

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