Intangibles: Character

Jonathan Willis
August 08 2014 03:05PM

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One of the comments I get a lot runs along the lines of ‘character wins championships, and stats don’t measure character!’ It’s true, to a point, but it glosses over a lot of important nuance.

Since it’s August, and every day is a slow news day, this seemed like a good time to talk about it.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 08 2014 08:05AM


The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week's Roundup.

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Looking Ahead: The 2014-15 Power Play

Jason Strudwick
August 07 2014 12:40PM

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Last season the Oilers took a step backwards on the power play. Their success rate dropped three percent, going from twenty to seventeen. The team ranked just twenty-first in the NHL at the end of the year.

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Have the Oilers improved?

Jason Gregor
August 07 2014 10:37AM

Improvement


For the sake of everyone in Edmonton, I sure hope so.

I do believe the Oilers have improved, which isn't hard considering they were the 3rd worst team in the NHL last season, but how much have they improved?

It is hard to say until we see the product on the ice, but I wanted to revisit an angle we looked at in May.

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2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Defencemen

Jonathan Willis
August 06 2014 02:37PM

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How many goals should we expect from Justin Schultz and Co. on the Oilers’ blue line next season?

More importantly, how do reasonable (your mileage may vary) projections for both the defence and the team as a whole compare to the results posted by last year's playoff teams in the West?

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