2015-16 Oilers: The Taylor Hall Line

Jonathan Willis
April 30 2016 07:00AM


Taylor Hall entered the year as the Edmonton Oilers’ top line left wing, the anchor point for the club’s best forward unit. He remains at the top of the team’s depth chart, but by the end of the year his line had fallen into a secondary role, victims both of a late-season slump and of the irresistible force that is Connor McDavid.

How did the various iterations of the line perform over the course of the year?

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WWYDW: Would you have any interest in Brent Seabrook?

Jonathan Willis
April 27 2016 04:00PM

Brent Seabrook

A year ago, before Brent Seabrook signed a long contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, he was considered a potential target for the Edmonton Oilers. With Chicago’s early playoff exit and Edmonton’s continuing need for help on the right side, this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday seemed like a good chance to ask our readers whether they would still be interested in the player.

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Exploiting Cap Hell: New York Rangers Edition

Jonathan Willis
April 26 2016 07:00AM

For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.

For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the New York Rangers.

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The Problem with the Pick

Jonathan Willis
April 22 2016 06:22PM

Draft Lottery

Once again, the Edmonton Oilers are slated to enjoy a high selection at the NHL’s annual Entry Draft. The exact position of that pick is yet to be determined; it’s possible that Edmonton will have the chance to select future first-line centre Auston Matthews with the first overall pick but more likely that the team will instead get a shot at one of two extremely talented right-shooting Finnish right wings.

The idea of adding a Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujarvi should be extremely appealing for the Oilers. On the other hand, there’s also a very strong case to trade that pick for immediate help, just as there was for the picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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WWYDW: Griffin Reinhart

Jonathan Willis
April 21 2016 04:40PM


Probably the single-most controversial trade of Peter Chiarelli’s tenure as Edmonton Oilers general manager was his decision at the 2015 Draft to deal first- and second-round draft picks to the New York Islanders in exchange for defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart. It was a contentious move the moment it was announced, and a 2015-16 campaign split between the AHL and NHL has done nothing to quiet the argument.

The question now is what the Oilers should do with Reinhart. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we turn that question over to our readers.

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