The Second Defence Pairing

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2016 05:30PM

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The Edmonton Oilers entered the summer of 2016 with several issues on the defensive side of the depth chart. Adam Larsson was deemed to be the solution to the right side of the team’s top pairing, but there are still questions regarding how the Oilers plan to approach some of the secondary issues with the back end.

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The NHL Isn't Fun

Chris the Intern
July 12 2016 03:30PM

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Don't get me wrong, the NHL is the best pro-sports league in the world for the best game in the world. Nothing compares to the speed, intensity, and action that hockey provides to its fans. However, with that said I do think that we can all agree on one thing, the NHL isn't any fun when you compare it to other sports. In fact, I'm here to show how the NHL goes out of its way to make the league lame and boring.   

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A JSBM CARTOON: THE TAYLOR HALL TRADE

jeanshorts
July 12 2016 01:30PM

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Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk were able to score a spot at an ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE press conference held by Peter Chiarelli just mere minutes after the Taylor Hall trade. What they found out will alter your view on human existence FOREVER! Click here to find out more! 

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Diamonds in the Rough: Finding Elite Talent Late

Byron Bader
July 12 2016 11:52AM

The later round picks (round three on) in the NHL draft have provided very few true NHLers. From 1980 to 2015, 6,127 selections were taken after the second round. Of those, 815 of the 6,127 have gone on to play in the NHL in a meaningful way (150 games or more) thus far. That's a success rate of roughly 13%. 

As a result, late round picks are not treated as a high commodity by teams. Late round picks are mostly used as filler in larger trades or used to acquire energy players or "room guys." Or GMs take complete gambles on extreme low-probability players with those picks.  

The belief seems to be that finding an NHLer or even an elite NHLer late is a stroke of luck. You pick a player with little upside and a few years down the road, he's turned a switch and turned into something. How can you predict that? 

However, if you look closely at the elite talent, namely forwards, selected late... there's a few things that stand out which suggest it's possible to improve on the extremely low probability (1.6%) of finding great talent later in the NHL draft. 

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AT RANDOM: LET’S MAKE A DEAL

Robin Brownlee
July 11 2016 04:54PM

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A tip of the cap to Leaking 5w-30, who got me thinking about some of the best and worst trades in the history of the Edmonton Oilers with his question in today’s edition of the Monday Mailbag.

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