Steve Tambellini & The Quest For Grit

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2010 03:47PM

One of the over-arching themes of Steve Tambellini’s time as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers has been the ongoing quest to make the team stronger, grittier, and more emotional. Few skillsets have been targeted with the same zeal and commitment with which the Tambellini Oilers have pursued players who fit those descriptors.

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Size Has No Impact On Faceoff Percentage: 2009-10 Data

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2010 10:36AM


A question that has come up a few times is whether big players tend to have an advantage when taking faceoffs. There is a certain logic to the idea that they do: after all, bigger, stronger players should be able to outmuscle their smaller counterparts in the faceoff circle.

The data, however, suggests something else entirely: that there is no advantage to being big when it comes to taking face-offs.

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Oil Futures: Plenty on Display at WJ's

December 24 2010 09:45AM

It's safe to say that the Edmonton Oilers have already had a major impact on the World Juniors this Christmas. Taylor Hall and Magnus Pääjärvi  are not scheduled to appear (their tour is on the left coast), but the future of the Oilers will be on display in Buffalo.

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Postgame: Kings 3, Oilers 2 (Shootout)

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2010 11:51PM

Some quick post-game thoughts on tonight’s tilt between the Oilers and Kings.

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The Word “Stress” – Meaningless For Professional Athletes?

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2010 05:16PM

Meandering around the internets the other day, I came across a compelling article by Steven Reiss, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Ohio State University. It was his opening statement that caught my attention:

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