Dubnyk vs. Deslauriers: How Close Is It?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2010 03:11PM

DALLAS - APRIL 02: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 and Dean Arsene #8 of the Edmonton Oilers dive for the puck against Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Leaving aside from the approximately one in five members of the Nation who would love to see the Tri-City Storm’s goaltender coach suit up as Nikolai Khabibulin’s backup this season, the poll on the right shows a more than 3:1 lead for Devan Dubnyk as backup goaltender over Jeff Deslauriers.

I agree that Dubnyk is the better choice, but I’m surprised to see things so lopsided and I think it would be a mistake to suggest that Dubnyk is a vastly superior prospect to last season’s de facto starter.

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Hall, Paajarvi, Eberle and the Big League

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2010 01:45AM

With all the focus on Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, and of course Taylor Hall at this year’s training camp, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about whether it might be a good thing for one (or more) of start the season in Oklahoma City.

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The Summer Of Depth Players

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2010 12:56AM

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Alexandre Giroux #33 of the Washington Capitals handles the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL preseason hockey game on September 21, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Sabres won 2-1. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

It was a summer that didn’t lack for storylines – between Sheldon Souray’s uncertain status, Nikolai Khabibulin’s court case, and of course the selection of Taylor Hall, there was a lot to talk about. One item noticeable by its absence was the Oilers’ annual star free agent chase, as Steve Tambellini instead focused on tweaking his bottom six. With training camp nigh, it felt like a good time to review what the Oilers G.M. did.

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Steve Tambellini (Correctly) Bars Souray From Camp

Jonathan Willis
September 13 2010 11:56PM

MONTREAL - JANUARY 25:  Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers arrives at the Versus 2009 NHL All-Star party at Club Opera on January 25, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Sheldon Souray will not be attending training camp with the Edmonton Oilers. And it will be because the management of the team has decided they don’t want him to.

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On Getting More Mainstream

Jonathan Willis
September 12 2010 07:44AM

Wanye posed the question of whether Oilers Nation should be more mainstream just yesterday, a question sparked by Robin Brownlee’s excellent article on bloggers and access a little over a week earlier. Over at Copper & Blue, Jaysen Knight has been writing a series exploring similar issues.

And those examples are simply a drop in the bucket – the same debate, in various forms, has shown up all over the internet, because media folks, bloggers and the organizations they cover all have skin in the game.

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