Jason Gregor
January 10 2011 03:21PM

Taylor Hall was skating in the middle of Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner at practice this afternoon in Dallas, and it will be interesting to see how he handles playing the middle. Now that Hall has gotten used to the speed and pace of the NHL, it looks like Tom Renney wants to see if Hall can handle all the responsibilites that go with playing centre.

There are lots of reasons why the Oilers are trying this experiment now.

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Meanwhile, Back On The Farm

Jonathan Willis
January 10 2011 08:05AM

It’s been an interesting season in Oklahoma, where the Barons have had on-ice more success in their initial season than any Oilers farm team has going as far back as the Hamilton Bulldogs. While I’m often critical of managerial choices made by the Oilers, in this instance they set the team up to succeed and deserve credit for executing a solid plan.

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Class & Cowardice

Jonathan Willis
January 09 2011 01:26PM

If there’s anything I’ve learned from writing here at Oilers Nation, it’s that anybody taking the time to publish their opinions in a public forum is bound to take some shots now and then – some of them deserved, some of them not. A thick skin or alcohol, or occasionally both, are a necessity. There’s no reason to complain about that, particularly given that writing about a hockey team often involves critiquing players; turnabout is fair play after all.

Every so often, though, the startling discovery of something can throw a person.

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Robin Brownlee
January 09 2011 10:26AM

If you could put yourself in Steve Tambellini's shoes -- you're wearing golf spikes and sashaying around the links with owner Daryl Katz in California today -- and take over the rebuild of the Edmonton Oilers, what would your next move be? And the move after that? What then?

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Oilers Improved Draft Grades

January 09 2011 09:15AM

Player procurement is a vital part of any NHL team. Draft bullets are only as valuable as the men who decide to pull the trigger on draft day. In the last 15 seasons, Edmonton Oiler fans have been exposed to the good, the bad and the ugly from three different head scouts. It's been a long time coming, but there is strong evidence the draft bullets are finding their target.

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