Starting The Clock: Jordan Eberle

Jonathan Willis
July 28 2009 04:18PM

The salary cap era has been interesting, to say the least. One of the common themes of it has been that it pays off far more to develop younger players because they generally make less money due to a more restrictive contract.

That’s true, but many people take it to mean that young players should get more of a shot as a result. In point of fact, the opposite is true – at least for junior-aged players.

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Brule vs. Schremp

Jonathan Willis
July 27 2009 01:25PM

Among the various Oilers’ callups last season were a pair of players who were highly regarded as scorers in their respective draft years: Gilbert Brule and Rob Schremp.

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Better Know A Prospect: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers

Jonathan Willis
July 26 2009 11:42AM

Jeff Deslauriers, the Oilers’ backup goaltender, is frequently described as something of a mystery. He’s had a long journey since being drafted, and it hasn’t been an easy one. Let’s take a look.

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Why I Could Care Less About (Goalie) Wins and Losses

Jonathan Willis
July 25 2009 10:41AM

I’m sure everyone here is sick of me preaching doom and gloom about the Oilers’ coming season. I’m equally sure that they’re sick of my rather pessimistic predictions about the Khabibulin contract. This article isn’t meant to continue those trends, but rather to make a general point that is inspired by one particular line of reasoning about Khabibulin: that he’s a winner.

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Most Injury-Prone Starters in the NHL

Jonathan Willis
July 24 2009 08:05PM

The Northwest Division is full of healthy goaltenders. Roberto Luongo, Niklas Backstrom and Craig Anderson have all been very durable, while Miikka Kiprusoff is the most durable goalie in the entire NHL.

The sole name from the Northwest that doesn’t show up on that list is Nikolai Khabibulin.

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