Where Does Luke Gazdic Fit on This Team?

Jonathan Willis
October 13 2014 06:30AM

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A lot has been written about the death of the enforcer. I don’t think we’re there yet, but I do find it pretty interesting that after a pair of games against the Oilers two most hated rivals injured heavyweight Luke Gazdic hasn’t really been missed.

It’s also not at all clear where he slides into the lineup if and when the Oilers decide they do want to insert him.

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The Nation Minute

Nation World HQ
October 13 2014 06:00AM


The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week: Don Cherry and the Leafs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Petry, Mason Raymond and more.

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YOUNG BARONS DEBUT

Lowetide
October 12 2014 05:20PM

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Last season the Edmonton Oilers recalled a lot of players from Oklahoma City and there's every chance it'll happen again. Do the Oilers have legit prospects on the farm? Yes. Are they ready? In one case yes, but there's a good chance the next regular forward you see in Edmonton via the Barons will be a tall center.

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The Edmonton Oilers need a good left-side defencemen

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2014 01:00PM

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Two games in and it looks like Craig MacTavish’s offseason work has paid off up front. The Oilers are bigger, deeper and more capable at forward than they’ve been in ages.

The defence, on the other hand, has not been very good at all.

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Post 15: A step in the right direction

Jason Gregor
October 12 2014 10:52AM

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The unpredictability of sports is what makes them so exciting. The Oilers dominated the Flames for close to 40 minutes on opening night, but the couldn't score at EV and ended up losing the game. Last night, the Oilers played decent, got outshot 43-29, mainly due to six consecutive penalties, but they came away with a point.

I think we'd all agree, including the Oilers, that playing well, and "learning a lesson", but losing is not what this team needs. They are past the point of moral victories that don't result in two points. They need victories. Ugly ones, pretty ones, unearned ones or deserved ones; they need simply need wins.

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