Hard Times Come Again No More

January 27 2012 07:59AM

 I am here to tell you that the only way the Edmonton Oilers pick first is in a "Chicago gets Kane" style lottery upset.

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Robin Brownlee
January 26 2012 01:49PM

What are the chances Ales Hemsky and Nikolai Khabibulin are moved by the Edmonton Oilers by the NHL trade deadline? I don't know for sure, but their names came up in a conversation today between two people I trust, so I'm paying attention.

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Development and the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
January 26 2012 01:32PM

One of the things that Steve Tambellini has been getting credit for (including from yours truly) is the resurgence of the Oilers’ farm system under his watch. Long a wasteland under the previous administration, this year the Oilers’ farm team is first in the American Hockey League. It’s an important change, and one the current group deserves credit for.

However, there’s a big difference between running a good AHL team and being good at developing players. The Oilers are showing signs of the first but they have yet to prove anything’s changed on the second front.

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Projecting the Blue

January 25 2012 05:14PM

Based on age and skill, there will be significant turnover on the blue for the Edmonton Oilers in the next 24 months. Based on the sheer number of defensemen drafted and procured since 2010 summer, there's a trainload of defensemen coming soon. How soon will these kids arrive?

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Robin Brownlee
January 25 2012 12:43PM

With two black eyes and an adhesive pad the size of a dinner place mat covering the 30 sutures in his swollen jug, Taylor Hall was on his knees in the goal crease Tuesday throwing himself in front of a Sami Salo slapshot and trying to win a game the Edmonton Oilers would eventually lose 3-2 in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

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