Jeff Petry: Dead Man Skating?

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2014 11:42AM

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There are exactly two holdovers from the Edmonton Oilers blue line that Craig MacTavish inherited when he ascended to the team’s general managership. One is a young defenceman who he helped recruit and who has routinely been lumped in with the best young players on the roster.

The other if Jeff Petry, a pending unrestricted free agent playing on a one-year deal. Would it surprise anyone if Petry were to find himself representing another NHL team before the end of next season?

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NHL changes draft lottery rules, which should work nicely for the Oilers

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2014 07:00AM

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There was no shortage of jokes on Wednesday that the NHL’s fancy new draft lottery rules were a direct result of the Oilers’ unmatched ability to land No. 1 picks.

That’s debatable. What isn’t debatable is that the timing of the change could not possibly be better for Edmonton.

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Keith Aulie or Oscar Klefbom: Which would be the better Oiler next season?

Jonathan Willis
August 20 2014 09:59AM

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There’s a very good case to be made that Oscar Klefbom is a better player than Keith Aulie, and not just tomorrow but today as well.

Despite this, Aulie has to be the odds-on favourite to make next season’s team, with Klefbom likely ticketed for the minor leagues.

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Justin Schultz: One-Year Deal?

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2014 07:00AM

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As the summer drags on, Justin Schultz’s status as a restricted free agent has become increasingly conspicuous. All of the Oilers’ other in-house business seems to be done, leaving Schultz as the last item on the internal to-do list.

Is a one-year deal the way to resolve the situation?

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Lost along the way

Jonathan Willis
August 18 2014 09:12AM

Toni Rajala was this close to being a success story.

The 2009 fourth round draft pick passed hurdle after hurdle, and then left before even really challenging the final one.

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