Behind Khaira, the Oilers have virtually no forward prospect depth

Jonathan Willis
November 21 2016 11:26AM

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Although well-stocked on the blue line and in net, the Edmonton Oilers' AHL system is critically low on forwards who project as anything more than fourth-liners at the NHL level. There's Jujhar Khaira, and little else. 

There also isn’t much on the way.

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Schedule and the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
November 19 2016 01:16PM

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Edmonton’s season divides neatly into two segments, at least chronologically. There was the very good opening, when the club went 7-1-0 and climbed to the top of its division. More recently, there’s been a very tough fall from that height, with the Oilers losing five straight and eight of their last 10.

However, breaking the season down into two streaks isn’t the only—or even the best—way to look at Edmonton’s performance so far. It’s far more interesting to look at who the Oilers win, and lose, against.

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WWYDW: When does Cam Talbot get a break?

Jonathan Willis
November 16 2016 07:00AM

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Cam Talbot started his 16th game of the season and fourth consecutive game against the Anaheim Ducks last night. With the exception of a single game in a back-to-back set and 10 minutes in October, he’s been the Edmonton Oilers goaltender for every minute of the 2016-17 season.

Unfortunately for the Oilers, his play has slipped as of late. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask if it’s time for Edmonton to give him a rest.

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One. Two. Three.

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2016 06:16PM

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Top-six and bottom-six are terms that are instantly recognizable to the typical hockey fan. Used to describe NHL rosters for as long as I can remember, the former refers to the skilled, scoring forwards typically though to inhabit a team’s first two lines while the latter denotes checkers and physical players who occupy the lower rungs on the league’s forward ladder.

It’s a term which is increasingly out-of-step with the way that general managers and head coaches at hockey’s highest level build and operate their rosters. And anyone using that lens to evaluate the early success of the Edmonton Oilers is going to be missing a pretty significant piece of the puzzle.

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WWYDW: What happens when the Oilers get healthy?

Jonathan Willis
November 09 2016 07:00AM

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The results have been very good for the Edmonton Oilers in the early going of the 2016-17 season. Notwithstanding Tuesday’s entertaining (and close) loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton owns a 9-4-1 record and some surprisingly excellent underlying numbers.  

Impressively, the Oilers have done it with a lot of players on the shelf. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we turn our focus to those players. What tough roster decisions does the team make when it gets healthy?

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