Looking to the future...

Jason Gregor
March 12 2010 09:59AM

IIHF World Junior Championship - Canada v USA - Gold Medal Game

When your team is worst in the league, looking towards the future is sometimes the only solace you have. Earlier this week The Hockey News hit the newsstands with their always-anticipated Future Watch edition. It ranks the top 75 prospects in the NHL, and for the first time ever the Oilers had two guys in the top eleven.

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Oilers vs. Canadiens Postgame: Firewagon Hockey

Jonathan Willis
March 12 2010 07:44AM

Edmonton: 4

Montreal: 5 (SO)

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Around the League - Mar 11, 2010

Jason Gregor
March 11 2010 02:08PM

The NHL GM meetings wrapped up yesterday, and to no one’s surprise they came up with a recommendation that will punish headshots — or at least some of them. Thankfully they found a way to word the rule so it won’t punish or deter players from making big, clean hits.

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March 11 2010 12:32PM

You know how you get ready for the 67th game of the year? You fearlessly predict a win in the 68th game of the year.

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The Positive Take: Chris Minard

Jonathan Willis
March 11 2010 10:47AM

Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Seven

In a year where there’s been a shortage of feel-good stories about the Oilers, it’s been very difficult to find positives in the performance of the players, the coaches or the management group.

At first glance, Chris Minard, who was recalled by the Oilers yesterday, isn’t an exception to that pattern. He’s been hurt for most of the year, and struggled after coming back from injury. He’s coming up to replace the disappointing (and now injured) Patrick O’Sullivan. Not much there to feel good about.

But there is one thing worth mentioning amid the doom and gloom: not only is Minard a pretty good player, but his results in Springfield have been exceptional.

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