Developing Jesse Puljujarvi and Anton Slepyshev

Jonathan Willis
December 15 2016 04:17PM

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Jesse Puljujarvi, 18, is the most significant prospect in the Edmonton Oilers’ system, a rookie pro with a bright NHL future. Anton Slepyshev, 22, is a step down the prospect ladder but combines size and skill and could well enjoy a major-league career. Taylor Beck and Anton Lander, both 25, seem to have settled in as tweeners at the NHL level, with both being good enough to dominate the AHL or fill an end-of-roster role in the majors.

The interesting thing about those four players is this: the Oilers have decided that Beck and Lander should fill the prime development slots in the minors, while Slepyshev and Puljujarvi are repeatedly healthy scratches in Edmonton.

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WWYDW: How much would you be willing to pay Kris Russell?

Jonathan Willis
December 14 2016 04:00PM

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Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli snuck an interesting comment into the end of his media availability on Tuesday. In the last part of his final answer to the press, he mentioned that his plan was to talk to defenceman Kris Russell about a contract extension at “some point”.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers what that contract extension should look like.

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Darnell Nurse Injured for up to 12 Weeks

Jonathan Willis
December 12 2016 12:11PM

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The Edmonton Oilers announced new details about Darnell Nurse's health on Monday. The second-year defencemen will miss as much as the next 12 weeks of action after undergoing surgery on his leg.

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The Oilers Should Replace Jonas Gustavsson

Jonathan Willis
December 09 2016 11:58AM

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After Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Jonas Gustavsson now has a 0.893 save percentage over his six-game career with the Edmonton Oilers.

In most cases, this would be the time to remind people that it’s only been six games and four starts, and that there’s no sense getting worked up about an established NHL goalie after such a short time period. In this case, though, it’s a good time to remind people that this is Gustavsson’s established level of performance.

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Just how good are the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
December 02 2016 10:27AM

It’s a Friday in December and the Edmonton Oilers are not only in playoff position, but they’re there on merit. The really scary thing? If the underlying numbers are to be believed, the rest of the season may go even better.

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