Development and the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
January 26 2012 01:32PM

One of the things that Steve Tambellini has been getting credit for (including from yours truly) is the resurgence of the Oilers’ farm system under his watch. Long a wasteland under the previous administration, this year the Oilers’ farm team is first in the American Hockey League. It’s an important change, and one the current group deserves credit for.

However, there’s a big difference between running a good AHL team and being good at developing players. The Oilers are showing signs of the first but they have yet to prove anything’s changed on the second front.

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Projecting the Blue

January 25 2012 05:14PM

Based on age and skill, there will be significant turnover on the blue for the Edmonton Oilers in the next 24 months. Based on the sheer number of defensemen drafted and procured since 2010 summer, there's a trainload of defensemen coming soon. How soon will these kids arrive?

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Robin Brownlee
January 25 2012 12:43PM

With two black eyes and an adhesive pad the size of a dinner place mat covering the 30 sutures in his swollen jug, Taylor Hall was on his knees in the goal crease Tuesday throwing himself in front of a Sami Salo slapshot and trying to win a game the Edmonton Oilers would eventually lose 3-2 in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

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Jason Gregor
January 25 2012 08:34AM


Recently I had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of the NHL's most successful general managers, Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello has been in the game for, basically his entire life, and he shared his thoughts on what it takes to build a winner, making the tough decisions to improve your team and how being a school teacher helped him become a successful GM.

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January 24 2012 04:49PM

Although the Oilers are once again suffering through a lost season, there are some things that can be gained. Among the most important things to watch in the season's final 30 games? The progress of Jeff Petry.

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