October 09 2016 05:44PM

The Edmonton Oilers are getting closer to being a contender, but the team still needs AHL prospects and junior kids pushing up the depth chart. We are through preseason and it is very interesting to see who scored well, who is still around, and who didn't get much of a look. Here are 11 players who surprised—good and bad—in the last three weeks.

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Highlights from the waiver wire: 10/9/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2016 04:00PM

Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.

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Puljujarvi Gifted A Spot?

Matt Henderson
October 09 2016 02:15PM

Why doesn't his helmet fit?

It’s clear with the team's recent transactions that the Oilers are determined to never again gift a player NHL minutes before he earns them. No more entitled freeloaders who don’t belong. No more allowing draft position to determine roster spots…unless it’s Jesse Puljujarvi. Then that’s exactly what might happen.

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Robin Brownlee
October 09 2016 12:41PM

The thing about the eyeball test when it comes to evaluating players is it depends who the eyeballs belong to. What you see and how you see it can be swayed by many factors. Bias comes into play, such as personal preference in style of play, to name just one.

Add to that, there is considerable diversity in the way different people -- fans, scouts, coaches and media types -- assess a player, or a given performance by a player. That’s no surprise. What’s important to one person might not be as important to another. We see things in different ways. We come at the same player from different angles.

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"It's Over": Yakupov Traded

Jason Gregor
October 09 2016 09:00AM


Those were the first words Nail Yakupov said to Gene Principe when discussing his trade to St.Louis. His trade was not a surprise, considering he had asked for one eight months ago, and it was time for him and the Oilers to part ways.

Both the Oilers and Yakupov are responsible for this partnership ending sooner than most expected when he was drafted first overall in June of 2012.

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