The Red Menace

Jonathan Willis
March 26 2012 10:02AM

Oilers fans are, as has been noted here and myriad other places, in an interesting position. If the team loses, it does a better job of securing the second overall pick. If the team wins enough between now and the end of the season, they could conceivably slide out of the draft lottery entirely.

One thing that seems to be making it easier for fans is the so-called “Russian Factor.” The consensus top pick in this year’s draft is Nail Yakupov. The likely second pick – though there is some debate on this – is Mikhail Grigorenko. For many fans, that makes it easy to drop down – they want to see the Oilers pick a defenseman anyway, and they really would prefer the Oilers not draft a Russian.

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Theo Peckham and NHL Concussion Protocols

Jonathan Willis
March 25 2012 08:50PM

In today’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, defenseman Theo Peckham suffered what Tom Renney confirmed as a concussion on a hit from Rick Nash. In and of itself, that’s unfortunate but not uncommon in the NHL.

What’s more interesting is the fact that between taking the hit and being removed from the game, Peckham played five more shifts.

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Robin Brownlee
March 25 2012 06:22PM

Not enough wins means the Edmonton Oilers aren't progressing at the rate they should in the rebuild. Too many wins means the Oilers risk dropping back in the draft lottery. I'd say fans of the Oilers are a tough crowd, but fickle is more accurate.

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March 25 2012 03:38PM

The CHL and European leagues have completed their regular seasons, and that means we can suss through the numbers and project the offensive future for Edmonton's prospects. Using Gabriel Desjardins NHL equivalencies, Martin Gernat is a rising star.

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Jason Gregor
March 25 2012 12:03PM

Charlie Sheen's "Winning" trend faded out quicker than the Flames's playoff hope the past ten days. Sure it was exciting, funny or annoying for awhile, but inevitably we got the expected outcome.

Suddenly Oiler fans are facing a dilemma themselves regarding Winning! The Oilers are 5-2-3 in their last ten, a 106-point pace for a full season, and suddenly are on the verge of losing the #2 overall draft pick.

A win over the Blue Jackets would put the Oilers in 28th, due to more regulation wins than the Canadiens, and they'd be tied in points with the Islanders and one back of the Wild.

Do you enjoy the victories and head into the off-season believing this team has turned the corner, of do you hope they return to their 29th-place pace for the final seven games?

It is a difficult question on a Sunday morning.

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