Which Oilers played against the opposition’s best defenders? Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2012 01:26PM

Quality of Competition is one of the few advanced statistical metrics that virtually nobody argues lacks value. Success is success, but there’s a difference between succeeding against the other team’s first line and their third line.

Until now, however, most Quality of Competition rankings have been based on plus/minus or one of the shot metrics, and have failed to differentiate between playing against the other team’s best forwards and their best defencemen. What happens if we tweak those numbers for the Edmonton Oilers?

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August 19 2012 07:56AM

This is Tobias Rieder. His 2011-12 OHL season suggests we should pay attention to him this season. What can he do? A lot.

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August 18 2012 07:34AM

Amid the gasps and shudders inspired by the glorious #1's and the gifted man-child Eberle, the kingdom of Sweden gifted Edmonton with a sturdy lad with speed to burn.

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Ten Points: Yakupov, Eager, Kovalev and a little more CBA talk

Jonathan Willis
August 17 2012 11:34AM

A look at Nail Yakupov's summer series play, what to expect from Ben Eager, the difficulty in choosing between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, a potential NHL return for Alexei Kovalev, and some more thoughts on CBA discussions.

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Nail Yakupov talks about the Canada/Russia series, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and the upcoming NHL season

Andrey Osadchenko
August 17 2012 08:15AM

OilersNation's Andrey Osadchenko caught up with Nail Yakupov after game four in the Canada/Russia challenge series; here's what the Oilers' top prospect had to say.

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