The McDavid Effect

Nation World HQ
February 16 2017 09:00AM

How big of an influence can one single player have on an NHL team? I went to Edmonton to get the answer – and met it at the airport. Here is the story of how Connor McDavid’s quick journey to the top has made the Edmonton Oilers an NHL club to be reckoned with again.

By Uffe Bodin

Last weekend, Uffe Bodin was one of our honoured guests and he wrote about his trip to Edmonton on the website HockeySverige.se. Note that the original article was written in Swedish and has been translated into English. 

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Central Division

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche. 

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SEKERA SECOND SEASON

Lowetide
February 15 2017 06:48PM

SEKERA

When Peter Chiarelli signed Andrej Sekera to a free-agent contract in the summer of 2015, Oilers fans were hopeful, but history taught the Nation that these 'just money' additions can be a sticky wicket. Coming up on two years later, how do things look?

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AT RANDOM: MR. VERSATILE

Robin Brownlee
February 15 2017 12:00PM

I think it’s safe to say that if fans of the Edmonton Oilers had been asked to compile a pre-season list of the top-five reasons their team would be safely in a playoff spot 57 games into this season, Mark Letestu’s name wouldn’t be on it. If you’re like me, you could’ve gone 10 spots without pencilling in No. 55.

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Fire, Brimstone and Milan Lucic

Jonathan Willis
February 15 2017 10:30AM

27-Lucic-2

The lack of secondary scoring from the Edmonton Oilers has been a story all season, one with many authors. Old standbys Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have earned scorn. Benoit Pouliot appears to be utterly lost. Big-name free agent acquisition Milan Lucic has been a disappointment.

Of the four of them, there isn’t any question as to which player’s poor season should be the most terrifying for the Oilers. It’s that of Lucic, who seems to be imploding at 5-on-5 just as he enters the first year of a buyout-proof forever contract.

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