Oilers recall Jordan Oesterle, assign Mark Fayne to the AHL

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2016 04:20PM


The Oilers made a pair of blue line moves Friday. First they activated veteran rearguard Mark Fayne off the injured list and assigned him to Bakersfield. Next, they recalled one of last year's pleasant surprises, bringing Jordan Oesterle up from the farm team.

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WWYDW: Should Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be in the Oilers’ long-term plans?

Jonathan Willis
December 28 2016 04:00PM


It wasn’t all that long ago that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was regarded in many quarters as the Oilers’ most important building block, the first-line centre the team’s rebuild would hinge on. With the arrival of Connor McDavid and the emergence of Leon Draisaitl, however, the idea of trading RNH has a certain currency among segments of the fan base.

In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, we want to get your view on the player. If you were Edmonton’s general manager, would Nugent-Hopkins be in your long-term plans?

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WWYDW: Should the Oilers consider pursuing Bobby Ryan?

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2016 08:00PM

Bobby Ryan

It isn’t a secret that the Edmonton Oilers could use a good, right-shooting forward. It’s also common knowledge that general manager Peter Chiarelli highly values size and strength in his players.

In that vein, in this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday we consider a hypothetical trade target for the Oilers, one who hasn’t come up a lot in the rumour mill: Bobby Ryan.

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Will Tyler Pitlick's injury derail his breakout 2016-17 performance?

Jonathan Willis
December 20 2016 07:00AM


Expectations for Tyler Pitlick over the last few years have been low. He’s cleared waivers each of the last two seasons. When he’s played in the majors, he hasn’t looked out of place, but he hasn’t blown the doors off, either.

This year was different. He impressed in training camp, and was red-hot to start the year, generating offence at what for him is an unprecedented level. His goal in the first period of Monday’s game was a fine continuation of that trend.

His injury-related departure in the second period was a depressing continuation of a much longer trend.  

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It's time to end the Lucic/McDavid experiment

Jonathan Willis
December 18 2016 06:30PM


We’re at the point now where I’m starting to wonder what Milan Lucic has to do before he gets bumped off Connor McDavid’s line. McDavid now has just a single even-strength assist over his last eight games, and has seen a revolving door at right wing. Yet on the port side, Lucic remains untouchable, even as he goes deeper into yet another even-strength scoring slump.

Why not try something different?

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