Veteran Leadership

Jonathan Willis
October 16 2010 10:59AM

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Bill Guerin #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 3, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Every time I look at the Oilers’ forwards this season, I’m amazed by how young a group it is. Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi are all under the age of 20, and playing in their first season. Gagner, Brule and Cogliano are all 23-or-under, and all are expected to play pivotal roles in the top-nine. Shawn Horcoff’s the lone top-12 forward over 30, Penner’s next at 28, Hemsky’s 27, and the remaining regulars are either 25 or 26.

And every time I think about that, I wonder if the Oilers could use a steady veteran up front.

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Jason Gregor
October 15 2010 03:52PM

I’m glad to see that things have returned to normal in the Nation and around Edmonton when it comes to the Oilers. After a summer where many said they’d be happy with a rebuild and were just going to enjoy the games, it only took three games for people to start questioning many players on the Oilers.

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Growing Pains

October 15 2010 07:33AM

Life doesn't always turn out as planned. One minute you're on a big time television show and the next minute you're making straight-to-DVD classics. The window of opportunity can close quickly. Thank goodness there are older folks around to give advice.

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October 14 2010 11:56PM


Ah yes, the 15th of the month: Pay Day. For many of us that means getting the cheque from the boss, running to the local cheque cashing facility then straight to the roulette tables.

But for three special fellas they eight days past their first payday at their new jobs. And one heck of a payday it is has been.

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October 14 2010 04:32PM


The undefeated Edmonton Oilers (2-0) play the winless Minnesota Ice Hockey Club (0-1-1) in what is sure to be a "wild" match this evening. If you can handle this level of hilarity in your pregame hockey analysis, read on.

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