It’s time to end Leon Draisaitl’s NHL experience

Jonathan Willis
October 21 2014 01:15PM

Draisaitl, Leon

Leon Draisaitl is a superb prospect. Big, smart and skilled, it’s easy to see why Edmonton keyed in on him at the 2014 Draft.

It’s equally clear that right now that he's really struggling in the NHL.

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Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and the Return to Junior (Updated)

Jonathan Willis
October 17 2014 10:00AM

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It doesn’t take long for a junior-age player’s nine-game audition to come to an end. Leon Draisaitl is a touch short of halfway there, having played four of those contests. Darnell Nurse has sat out two, so he’s only played a pair, but there’s a bit of a logjam in terms of space on the back end and nobody wants to see him sitting in the press box.

In short, it’s soon enough to start wondering whether the duo will stay in the NHL for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

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What now for the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
October 16 2014 11:20AM

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The Edmonton Oilers are 0-3-1 through their first four games. It’s an ugly time for a franchise that absolutely could not afford another slow start. Where does the team go from here?

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A Big Tall Glass of Calmdown Juice

Jonathan Willis
October 14 2014 09:45AM

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Two games into the 2014-15 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are stuck at zero wins. The critical part of that sentence is “two games.” However, “two games” seems to be losing rather badly to “zero wins” in the minds of many of the fans of the team I interact with.

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Where Does Luke Gazdic Fit on This Team?

Jonathan Willis
October 13 2014 06:30AM

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A lot has been written about the death of the enforcer. I don’t think we’re there yet, but I do find it pretty interesting that after a pair of games against the Oilers two most hated rivals injured heavyweight Luke Gazdic hasn’t really been missed.

It’s also not at all clear where he slides into the lineup if and when the Oilers decide they do want to insert him.

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