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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GDB 67.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Red Wings

March 09 2015 08:14PM

The Oilers have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. MATH WINS AGAIN! Final Score: 5-2 Red Wings.

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GDB 67.0: Patience pays off

Jason Gregor
March 09 2015 11:28AM

Ken Holland spent eight years as a scout, then three as a assistant general manager before getting the GM job in July of 1997. Early in his tenure he had the luxury of spending big money on free agents and veteran players so his young players could develop in the minors or pro leagues in Europe. However, since the salary cap was put in place, Holland and the entire Red Wings organization still maintain a high level of patience with young prospects.

They don't rush them into the NHL.

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Monday Mailbag - March 9th

March 09 2015 08:30AM


It's Monday morning, and you've worked enough as far as I'm concerned. Luckily, the mailbag is here to give you 2500 words worth of time wasting goodness! As always, I need your questions to make the mailbag work. If you have a question you'd like to ask, email me at or hit my up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Until then, grab some coffee and enjoy the break from "productivity."

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