WWYDW: Andrew Ference and the Captaincy

Jonathan Willis
August 26 2015 10:00AM

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One of the subplots of this fall’s Oilers training camp will be the role of team captain Andrew Ference. The defenceman took a step back last year and saw his ice time reduced as the season wore on; arguably he isn’t among the top-six defencemen on Edmonton’s roster at this time.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask if he should or shouldn’t play, and what should happen to the captaincy in either event.

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How Peter Chiarelli built his last Stanley Cup winner

Jonathan Willis
August 25 2015 02:00PM

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Peter Chiarelli was hired as Boston Bruins general manager on May 26, 2006. On June 15, 2011, he hoisted the Stanley Cup, having successfully built the Bruins up from the NHL basement to the pinnacle of the sport.

Edmonton Oilers fans obviously hope that Chiarelli will do the same with his new team, and so it’s worth looking at exactly what he did the last time around.

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Re-live the Edmonton Oilers 2007-08 season

Jonathan Willis
August 24 2015 10:00AM

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No season during the Oilers’ long post-2006 walk in the wilderness saw the team get closer to the playoffs than 2007-08. Paradoxically, arguably no season was more damaging to the team’s long-term fortunes.

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Todd McLellan and the Oilers' Penalty Kill

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2015 12:01PM

Defensive mess

The penalty kill is one of those areas that can make or break a hockey team. Edmonton finished minus-47 while down a man a year ago and really fell apart late in the year. What can we expect from this coming season?

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Learning from the San Jose Sharks’ Power Play

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2015 04:22PM

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It’s easy to think of a power play a little bit like a chess game. The players gain the zone through a carefully planned entry, setup and then create scoring chances through clever puck movement and intelligent positioning.

The problem with the chess analogy is that it’s too slow, too static, too built on patiently creating the right opening. As the San Jose Sharks have shown over the last few years, successful power plays are anything but patient.

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