The Future of The Captaincy

Matt Henderson
March 11 2015 10:15AM

Andrew Ference seems to be a true professional. He’s a physical fitness nut. He’s engaged in the community. He does all kinds of charitable and simply kind work using his celebrity to make the lives of others better. He’s played almost 900 NHL games and there’s every reason to believe he’ll hit 1000 before it’s all said and done. But it’s time to start wondering who will be the next captain of the Oilers.

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Robin Brownlee
March 11 2015 08:30AM

Maybe you thought Dallas Eakins was a pompous ass (I did) whose strut considerably outstripped his resume when the Edmonton Oilers named him head coach. Maybe you prefer the approach of Todd Nelson (I do) and want to see the interim tag removed from his title and have him signed as bench boss of the Oilers.

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March 10 2015 09:36PM

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, we were talking about the 'Deutschland Dangler' and the possibility of a big, skill center finally playing for the Edmonton Oilers. These months later? Sedated for McDavid?

Not so fast. Leon Draisaitl is writing an impressive story in junior.

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The Value of Training Camp (and small samples)

Jonathan Willis
March 10 2015 01:30PM

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The Edmonton Oilers’ training camp this past fall was really something to see. Several slots were open and there were multiple candidates competing for each job, and as a result we saw some really tight races and some brilliant performances from the contenders.

In hindsight, how much stock should the Oilers have put in that training camp assessment period?

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Play Gazdic (No Really)

Matt Henderson
March 10 2015 11:20AM

The Edmonton Oilers are not a deep team (I know, shocking). We know this to be true. The roster is littered with fringe NHLers who should probably be playing in the AHL. The 4th line (the real 4th line) is made up of three players who spent the majority of the season in the AHL or on the outskirts of an NHL lineup. The backup goalie only gets played out of necessity, the captain is paired with Philip Larsen 2.0, and the forward lines are patched with Hockey Bondo. A year ago I would never have imagined myself making this argument, but the Oilers should be playing Luke Gazdic ahead of players like Matt Fraser and Ryan Hamilton.

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