Exploiting Cap Hell: Columbus Blue Jackets Edition

Jonathan Willis
April 19 2016 01:51PM

Jarmo Kekalainen

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 $75 million.

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

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Oilers 2015-16 in Review: The Penalty Kill

Jonathan Willis
April 15 2016 05:58PM

Todd McLellan11

Superficially, the Oilers were okay on the penalty kill, finishing in a tie for 17th overall in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, 0.1 points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dig a little deeper, though, and the numbers get ugly.

What went wrong, what went right, and how can the team get better?

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Projecting Defencemen (Reveal)

Jonathan Willis
April 14 2016 01:14PM

Yesterday, I put up five profiles of young defencemen, featuring scouting reports and statistical profiles. In a (somewhat failed) attempt to keep things anonymous, I made minor modifications to height and weight, projected totals over 82 games and offered a draft range rather than a specific number.

Then I asked readers to rank the defencemen.

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WWYDW: Projecting Defencemen

Jonathan Willis
April 13 2016 11:00AM

Defensive mess

Defence can be a hard position to assess and predict, and I wanted to illustrate the uncertainty involved in this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday.

The following piece includes stats, scouting reports and other key pieces of information for five young defencemen, each of them unnamed. Each defenceman is in his third year post-entry draft at the time these snapshots were taken. The challenge is to pick the best of the lot. 

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Oilers 2015-16 in Review: The Power Play

Jonathan Willis
April 11 2016 10:17AM

Todd McLellan9

The Edmonton Oilers really weren’t that good on the power play in 2015-16. This should not have been a total surprise to fans of the team, as the club has often not been good on the power play in recent years, but the struggles on the man advantage were a sore point all year.

What worked, and what didn’t work, on the man advantage this season?

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