Actual NHL Players

September 27 2010 07:31AM

This is Bob Nystrom. A strong, violent winger in the Western League, he didn't have NHL speed but the Islanders took him anyway. After a cup of coffee at the end of his rookie pro season, Nystrom found himself taking an unusual step on his journey to the National Hockey League.

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Jason Gregor
September 26 2010 11:25PM

At this pace it's going to be difficult for fans not to raise their expectations once the real season starts. The Oilers improved to 3-0 in the preseason with a  win over the Canucks, and for the second straight game one of the young guns led the way.

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A Look Back At The 2009-10 Preseason

Jonathan Willis
September 26 2010 05:06PM

Apr 11, 2010 - Anaheim, California, USA - Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, left, controls the puck from Edmonton Oilers' center Patrick O'Sullivan during the second period an NHL Hockey game at Honda Center.

Every year, fans starved for high quality hockey flock to the NHL preseason. Coaches and managers watch the games, and the performance of individual players can have a big impact on whether or not they start in the minors or on the big league roster.

And to be fair, it’s a fun exercise. The reality, though, is that a handful of games against competition that varies from wildly underpowered to nearly NHL calibre is a very poor gauge of player performance. We don’t need to do much more than look at last season’s Oilers to see that.

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September 26 2010 01:23PM


Now before we break down the preseason GDB for tonight's game against the Canucks understand that we attended the game against the Bolts on Thursday. Since that time we have been in self imposed exile. We must refrain from squeeing mightily all over the interwebs and have decided to reserve judgement until we can attend tonight's game as well.

Logic must triumph for the time being.

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Dubnyk vs. Deslauriers: How Close Is It?

Jonathan Willis
September 25 2010 03:11PM

DALLAS - APRIL 02: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 and Dean Arsene #8 of the Edmonton Oilers dive for the puck against Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Leaving aside from the approximately one in five members of the Nation who would love to see the Tri-City Storm’s goaltender coach suit up as Nikolai Khabibulin’s backup this season, the poll on the right shows a more than 3:1 lead for Devan Dubnyk as backup goaltender over Jeff Deslauriers.

I agree that Dubnyk is the better choice, but I’m surprised to see things so lopsided and I think it would be a mistake to suggest that Dubnyk is a vastly superior prospect to last season’s de facto starter.

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