WWYDW: A Professional Tryout for Mike Richards

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2015 08:00AM

Edmonton’s depth at centre is not good at the moment. With Connor McDavid on the shelf long-term, Edmonton has been employing all of Mark Letestu, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller at centre; that trio has now combined for 42 games but not a single even-strength point.

With that in mind, does it make sense for the Oilers to offer free agent centre Mike Richards a professional tryout?

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The New Forward Order

Jonathan Willis
November 17 2015 10:00AM

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Necessity, according to the old saying, is the mother of invention. It certainly explains how the line of Taylor Hall, Leon Draisaitl and Teddy Purcell ended up playing together against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

The surprise is that the line worked. If it continues to work as other players get healthy, the Oilers may just be able to run two competent scoring lines even in the absence of Connor McDavid.

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What Peter Chiarelli’s summer work says about the defensive market

Jonathan Willis
November 13 2015 03:15PM

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The too-often-ignored truth about the NHL trade market is that it’s extremely hard to force a deal. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers—who have been hunting for a big fish defenceman for years now—that’s been awfully frustrating.

The good news is that the new general manager seems both willing and able to make sure the Oilers are players in the deals that do become available.

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WWYDW: Which Oilers defencemen should be in the long-term plans?

Jonathan Willis
November 11 2015 12:03PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have used nine defencemen already this season, but unfortunately for the club the old pattern of having quantity but not quality is producing similar results as it has in previous years. In today’s edition of WWYDW, we ask which defencemen our readers would be inclined to keep for next season, and which ones need to be cut loose to make space for better players.

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Oscar Klefbom’s free pass & the perils of a young defence

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2015 05:00PM

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Edmonton’s defence is bad, and there are plenty of candidates to take the blame. Mark Fayne is a popular one these days, elbowing aside old favourites Andrew Ference and Nikita Nikitin. Griffin Reinhart has had a target on his back since the pricey trade that brought him in at the draft. Free agent addition Andrej Sekera gets his share of flak; so too does limited-but-useful veteran Eric Gryba. Brandon Davidson gets dismissed as an AHL’er, and there are plenty of drivers willing to hop in and back the bus over Justin Schultz as soon as he gets healthy.

Frequently getting a free pass is Oscar Klefbom, whose regression this year has been a big part of Edmonton’s problems.

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