Kris Russell is slowing, and with him the Oilers' second defence pairing

Jonathan Willis
November 03 2016 02:55PM

Kris Russell had a phenomenal debut with the Edmonton Oilers. Playing on his off-side along with Andrej Sekera on the second pairing, Russell’s strong play gave the Oilers two quality defence pairings through the first few games of the season, a luxury the team hasn’t had since Lubomir Visnovsky and Sheldon Souray were haphazardly discarded at the start of the rebuild.

Unfortunately for Edmonton, the honeymoon is now over. Russell’s play has fallen off, and those concerns about the second pairing are once again worth noting.

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WWYDW: What need is highest on your Oilers wishlist?

Jonathan Willis
November 02 2016 04:21PM

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The Edmonton Oilers’ first 10 games have been all that could have been hoped for, with the team going 7-2-1 and putting enough points in the bank that a breakthrough season is a realistic possibility.

For that to happen, though, Edmonton will need to continue on as it’s started. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers what area Peter Chiarelli should be most interested in improving to consolidate the team’s gains.

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The Trade That’s Really Paying off For Edmonton In 2016-17

Jonathan Willis
October 31 2016 04:30PM


October has been a great month for Peter Chiarelli. After a controversial summer, his Edmonton Oilers are sitting atop the Western Conference with a magnificent 7-2-0 record, and newcomers like Adam Larsson and Kris Russell have been key components to that successful start.

Yet while Larsson and Russell have been important to Edmonton’s progress this season, it’s another move of the general manager’s that really stands out as being essential: the decision at the 2015 draft to roll the dice on Cam Talbot as the team’s starting goaltender.

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David Musil and the bridge to nowhere

Jonathan Willis
October 20 2016 09:06AM


It’s been a tough few months for David Musil.

The Edmonton Oilers played hardball with the 2011 second-round pick in contract negotiations this summer, knocking the dollar figure low at both the NHL and AHL level. He cleared waivers after being cut early on this fall. And on Tuesday, he was a healthy scratch for Bakersfield’s first game of the AHL season.

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WWYDW: Critical Thresholds and Jesse Puljujarvi

Jonathan Willis
October 19 2016 03:00PM


Jesse Puljujarvi was a healthy scratch for the Edmonton Oilers’ game last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, and has averaged just 10:51 in the three games he has played. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers to explain how they would handle the 18-year-old Finn if they ran the Oilers.

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