Expectations: Ales Hemsky

Jonathan Willis
October 11 2010 11:38AM

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers moves the puck during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on November 11, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Ales Hemsky isn’t a mystery to Oilers fans. He was a first round pick of the team back in 2001, 13th overall, and was almost certainly the best draft pick of the Kevin Prendergast era. His entire 444 game NHL career has been spent with the Oilers, and for the last few years he’s been the most skilled player on the team.

How does the OilersNation see Hemsky performing this season?

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The Rookies (Vol 1)

October 11 2010 08:25AM

A look at the overall NHL standings this morning has two unlikely teams at the top of each conference: The Edmonton Oilers are kings of the west and first place in the east belongs to the Big Smoke. Its early. For Edmonton Oiler fans, the W's are fun. The serious business has little to do with W's and a lot to do with three gifted kids making their NHL debuts. Here's a very early glance at the results.

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October 10 2010 12:31PM


Behold this most auspicious day of revelry: 10-10-10. Not to be confused with 09-09-09 which we heartily mocked a little over a year ago on this very same site. Yet again, people seem to be losing their minds over these repeating date dates, but we for one didn't see anything to get excited about until we were chatting on the Twitters this morning.

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The Kids Are Alright

October 10 2010 07:41AM

This is Tyler Pitlick in a Medicine Hat Tiger uniform. The town gave us Lanny McDonald, Donny Murdoch, the Gassoffs, Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Tom Lysiak, Pete Peeters, Jay Bouwmeester and the legend that is Stan Weir; how is Pitlick doing in the town where you cannot get a ticket to a game?

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Lucky 13: Thoughts Of A Nation

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2010 11:29PM

Thinking on Robin Brownlee’s “Lucky 13” exercise, I realized that it’s more than a contest between the readers and the writers, the bloggers and the professionals, or whatever other distinction one chooses to make. It’s also a chance to see how the readers of Oilers Nation view their team at the dawn of the season.

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