The 2009 NHL Draft, Edmonton, and Dany Heatley: Links From My Favourite Dying Industry

Jonathan Willis
June 24 2009 02:33PM


It was a fairly good day for news coverage of the Oilers, with plenty of relevant coverage in the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun on the upcoming draft, some thoughts about pending UFA's, and of course Dany Heatley.

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My 2009 NHL Draft List: Ranking the Top 50 CHL Forwards

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009 11:17PM


I’ve now run the math (percentage of total team offense) against NHL scouts over the course of three drafts. The math isn’t perfect, but it clearly beat the NHL scouts two times out of three and tied them in the third instance; something which is clearly ridiculous.

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Kelly Buchberger: The Perfect Fit?

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009 01:49PM

bucky Photo by Håkan Dahlström. View his Flickr stream. When the Oilers announced major changes to their coaching staff this summer, the only survivor was former captain Kelly Buchberger. Head coach Craig MacTavish, assistants Charlie Huddy and Bill Moores, and video coach Brian Ross all saw their employment terminated. Goaltending coach Pete Peeters was let go a few weeks later, and Springfield Head Coach Jeff Truitt was let go earlier in the year.

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Journey to the Fin Du Monde

June 22 2009 03:09PM

Jason Gregor is going to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

As loyal Nationeers are aware, something excellent happened last week – something that could only happen when a bunch of ridiculous Oilers fans band together to ensure that they're getting best coverage a young website can provide them with.

Like a pack of maddened, hockey-obsessed jackals, you goons got together and decided to fundraise to send a Nation writer to Montreal so you could get all the Entry Draft coverage you'd ever want. It started with a snide remark Brownlee made about Wanye being a "cheap screw".

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Rolling with Wanye I

June 22 2009 08:30AM


Rolling with Wanye is so often a hilarious confluence of random and strange occurrences that it's a wonder I don't do it more often. But as some of you will note, Wanye Gretz is an elusive and enigmatic dude.

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