WWYDW: Scoring Woes

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2017 09:53PM

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Over the last 10 games, Patrick Maroon has scored seven even-strength goals, which is a fantastic total. The remainder of the Edmonton Oilers roster has scored just 10, which is a much less impressive number. Nix the goals that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl tallied, as well as that of injured forward Tyler Pitlick, and Maroon has as many even-strength goals in that span as every healthy bottom-nine forward on the team put together.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what our readers would do to address the problem.

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Talbot, Davidson and more

Jason Gregor
January 11 2017 02:30PM

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"Last night wasn't our best effort, mine in particular, so we have to move forward and focus on tomorrow," Cam Talbot said today after practice. Talbot hasn't had many off nights, but last night was one of them. It was a game where his teammates should have bailed him out and scored five or six, because on many nights he's been a main reason they've won games.

Talbot didn't shy away from his off-night. He owned up to it and he discussed with me what went wrong.

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Khaira earns callup

Zach Laing
January 11 2017 01:10PM

 This morning, the Oilers recalled Jujhar Khaira and reassigned Anton Lander to the Bakersfield Condors.

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Future Free Agents: Karl Alzner

Cam Lewis
January 11 2017 12:00PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need a boost in production from the blue line. Then, after him, you have Karl Alzner, the best option for a team looking for a steady, consistent, shut down guy. 

But as we've seen over the past few summers, teams are becoming skeptical of handing big contracts to stay at home defencemen like Alzner who contribute little offensively. Is he still going to be able to command the salary of a top pairing defenceman on the open market? With the league's gradual shift to analytics, is he still a valued commodity? 

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Puljujarvi records assist in first AHL game

Zach Laing
January 11 2017 11:00AM

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photo via Bakersfield Condors

After being assigned to the Bakersfield Condors on Monday, Jesse Puljujarvi potted an assist in his first American Hockey League game. 

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