Building on an Inheritance

Jonathan Willis
August 13 2016 03:18PM

Peter Chiarelli

Perspective is an interesting thing. The Oilers have now been reshaped by two busy summers of Peter Chiarelli’s handiwork, and as big and surprising as some of the moves initially were we can’t say that they were out of character for the Edmonton general manager.

Why? Because what he’s doing in Alberta is pretty similar to what he did in Massachusetts.

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WWYDW: Peter Chiarelli’s first summer

Jonathan Willis
August 10 2016 01:07PM

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Peter Chiarelli has been nothing if not bold as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, authoring significant change in each of his first two summers at the helm of the team. It remains to be seen how the moves he’s made this summer will work out, but we now have a year’s worth of hindsight with which to judge his first summer in charge.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what you would keep and what you would change from his first summer on the job.

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How is Milan Lucic likely to age over the next seven seasons?

Jonathan Willis
August 07 2016 04:52PM

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Milan Lucic is an excellent NHL player in the here-and-now. I’d be very surprised if he isn’t a big help to the Edmonton Oilers next season, and given how he plays the game I’d be flat-out shocked if Oilers fans don’t embrace him.

I was curious though as to how players who scored the way he has the last three season have tended to age. Lucic’s new deal is seven years long, and it would be good to have an idea as to how that kind of commitment typically turns out.

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Objectively projecting Darnell Nurse

Jonathan Willis
August 05 2016 07:15PM

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Darnell Nurse is a fascinating player, and his long-term career arc is of extreme importance to the Edmonton Oilers.

The most common method of projecting that sort of career arc is the old-fashioned one: Assessing the player’s physical skills and then imagining what he’ll look like in his prime. The one we’re going to use today is a newer method, which involves looking at what happened to players with comparable underlying statistics.

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Comparing Keith Gretzky’s scouting work to that of the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
August 03 2016 01:00PM

Keith Gretzky is the new assistant general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to signing on in Edmonton, Gretzky was the scouting director of the Boston Bruins and the Arizona Coyotes. It’s far too early to judge his work with Boston, but in his time in Arizona he was a contemporary of Kevin Prendergast and Stu MacGregor of the Edmonton Oilers.

How does Gretzky’s work compare to that of MacGregor/Prendergast over the same period?

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