September 02 2014 06:57PM

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Boyd Gordon will be back, Matt Hendricks too, but the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to stretch a few forwards this winter. Many of the penalty-killers from a year ago (forward division) are gone, leaving a gap and an opportunity.

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Draisaitl, Yakupov and the Middle Six

Jonathan Willis
September 02 2014 02:52PM


It seems probable that Edmonton’s top line for the majority of 2014-15 will be the incumbent trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

Assuming that to be true, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has an interesting challenge in front of him: How can he carefully manage the minutes of both Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov while still running at least one capable two-way line in his middle-six forward group?

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Monday Mailbag - September 1st

September 01 2014 06:54PM


Whether you're reading this tonight, or you waited to read it on company time I welcome you to another edition of Mailbag Monday.  This feature is all about you guys, if you have a question you'd like ask just email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Sit back, relax, and learn something.  Enjoy!

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The NHL Advanced Stats Cheat Sheet

Nation World HQ
September 01 2014 12:00PM


This guide is an overview for the media and newcomers to the NHL's advanced (or "fancy") stats. It includes definitions of the key advanced stats concepts, plus an FAQ to clarify some of the typical inquiries about these measures. It is not to meant to be completely comprehensive; only a useful introduction to possession-based analysis.

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Justin Schultz’s role on the Edmonton Oilers blue line

Jonathan Willis
September 01 2014 10:56AM


Any conversation about the 2014-15 Oilers’ defence corps needs to start with a simple truth: Justin Schultz has been ordained as the team’s No. 1 defenceman, and the success or failure of the group is likely to hinge to a great extent on his success or failure in that role.

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