Bears vs. Oilers rookies tonight

Jason Gregor
September 17 2014 12:16PM

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The first time I watched the Oilers rookies battle the U of A Golden Bears was in 1993. Jason Arnott was a rookie and my brother was a free agent invitee to training camp. He played with Arnott for the first few days of camp, and I vividly remember him calling me at home after the second day of training camp and talking about his experience.

He told me Arnott was going to be an excellent player. He was big, strong, had a great shot and played with an edge. Arnott went on to score 33 goals as a rookie, so his scouting report was pretty accurate.

My brother grew up a diehard Mark Messier fan, so wearing the Oilers jersey, even against the Bears was a fun experience for him.

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Bayesian Training Camp

Jonathan Willis
September 16 2014 03:22PM

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Pretty much without exception, there is always at least one surprise during the lead-up to the NHL season, and generally there are multiple surprises. How much weight should we give a standout performance from an unknown? How worried should we be about a struggling veteran?

Oddly enough, an 18th century Englishman can help us with the answer.

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Hall: "I'm far from a finished product."

Jason Gregor
September 16 2014 07:47AM

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Taylor Hall enters his 5th NHL season as one of the most dangerous scorers in the NHL, but the 22-year-old spent the summer analyzing his game in hopes of becoming even more dominant this season.

How much better can he be? According to the first overall pick in 2010, he can improve significantly.

"I believe that I’m far from a finished product," responded Hall when I asked him where he feels his game is at. He spent the summer getting stronger, but also watching video from last season and picking out aspects of his game that he wants to improve.

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Oilers Young Stars Game Two: Battle of Alberta

Kevin McCartney
September 15 2014 08:55PM

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    Oilers PK flattens to 1-3 formation. Craig (90, right) to close lane if he gets middle lane containment from forward. Weak-side forward is loose, but Flames line change leaves him without a job at the moment. 

The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box. 

The rivalry feeling started before puck drop with the heathens from the south (people from Calgary can't view this site, right?) yelling "Oilers Suck!" during the anthem and making the singer laugh. But when Travis Ewanyk tried to take BIll Arnold's head off early in the first, things became heated. 

The rest of the game was the story of split squads - each team having outrageous skill at the top of their lineup, and a thirst for violence at the bottom. 

Inside are notes on the evolving team play followed by my scouting reports on each player's game. 

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Monday Mailbag - September 15th

baggedmilk
September 15 2014 02:30PM

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The weekend is over, you're back at work, and you need a way to kill some time. With that, I introduce another edition of the Monday Mailbag. The mailbag only works because of you guys, if you have a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Enjoy the break from productivity, my friends.

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