THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
August 11 2016 07:00AM

Chiarelli

The consensus among fans of the Edmonton Oilers seems to be that the major shortcoming of GM Peter Chiarelli’s off-season to this point is his failure to land a right-shooting defenceman who can be an option on the power play. I don’t disagree with that.

That said, after batting around the idea of who might be the best fill-in from the point on the power play on the Jason Gregor Show Wednesday – we discussed lefties Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson as possibilities – I couldn’t help but wonder how much of an actual difference failure to land that coveted righty might make this coming season.

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WWYDW: Peter Chiarelli’s first summer

Jonathan Willis
August 10 2016 01:07PM

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Peter Chiarelli has been nothing if not bold as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, authoring significant change in each of his first two summers at the helm of the team. It remains to be seen how the moves he’s made this summer will work out, but we now have a year’s worth of hindsight with which to judge his first summer in charge.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what you would keep and what you would change from his first summer on the job.

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What's Left for the Summer At Nation HQ

Chris the Intern
August 10 2016 07:00AM

Summers are bitter sweet at Nation HQ. At the end of the regular season, Oilers fans are left disappointed, frustrated, and angry. Once the draft lottery comes around, excitement and hope creep into our minds, followed with peak hysteria at the draft. Free agent frenzy comes and goes and Oiler fans are left for three months to ponder what will be, come October. 

What often becomes a boring time in Oiler news between July and October can turn into an opportunity for us at Nation HQ to do some fun things with the citizens. With less than two months to the World Cup of Hockey, we've still got some exciting things happening to hopefully brighten up the slow months. 

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Home sweet home

Jason Gregor
August 09 2016 02:00PM

RogersPlace

In 65 days the Edmonton Oilers will play their first game in their new arena. The place will be magnificent, and while you will enjoy the comfortable new seats, spacious concourses, new food and the utterly massive scoreboard, the players will have to focus on ensuring they rack up some wins in their new home, and the schedule maker has put extra pressure on the Oilers to win at home in October.

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TOP 20 PROSPECTS (ON EDITION)

Lowetide
August 09 2016 12:29PM

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We are in the dog days of summer, not much shaking and several more miles until the World Cup of Hockey (which should be fun). In these relaxed days, it is a good time to look at the Oilers prospects and rank them heading into fall. I do a summer and winter list at Lowetide, but this one (done each August) for ON uses different criteria: On the ON list, I value being NHL-ready, odds of being a productive NHL player (as opposed to a top 6F or top 4D) and current opportunities on the NHL roster. Here goes!

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