Questions on defence: Part One

Jason Gregor
September 15 2016 11:16AM

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There has been a lot of discussion and debate in Oilersnation about forward line combinations and the best combos for success. It is in an interesting topic, but for me the play of the Oilers defencemen will have a much larger impact on where they finish in the standings.

The Oilers overall team defence needs to improve, but the play of the D-men will be crucial if they hope to lower their goals against. Of course Cam Talbot will need to play well, but he doesn't need to be out of this world if the defence is solid. Last season 19 goalies started 50+ games, and Talbot's .917sv% was 12th.

Only Ben Bishop (.926), Cory Schneider, Corey Crawford (.924), Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo (.922), Marc-Andre Fleury (.921) and Henrk Lundqvist (.920) were above .920. If Talbot had allowed five fewer goals he'd been at .920. Better defence should lean do fewer quality scoring chances, and I believe Talbot is good enough to be around .920 this season.

Will the defencemen be better?

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2016 World Cup of Hockey Preview: Group A

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2016 07:30AM


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With the preliminary round out of the way, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is ready to get down to the contests that actually count this weekend. Group A will feature the marquee matchup of Canada vs. the United States, along with the less-heralded Czech Republic and Team Europe.

Here’s how those countries stack up.

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Talent Left Behind at the 2016 Draft

Jeremy Davis
September 15 2016 07:00AM

Draft Review - undrafted

I thought I’d take a look at some draft eligible players that were left behind at the 2016 NHL Draft, in the vein of a Josh Weissbock post from last year. I was impressed by the idea behind this sort of thing: how great must one’s prospect knowledge be if they can pump out a bunch of names beyond the 211 players that had their names called at the draft two months ago?

Well it turned out to not be as hard as I thought it would. Maybe this is just a weird year (I’m pretty sure it was), but there were an odd number of players that went unselected after being ranked by several services in the top 90, for crying out loud. I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with that, but here are eleven players left over after the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Oilers Announce Rookie Camp Rosters + World Cup Viewing

Zach Laing
September 14 2016 12:45PM

After being drafted fourth overall by the Oilers, in this springs' NHL Entry Draft, Jesse Puljujarvi didn't skate in the team's summer orientation camp due to a knee injury. Now, his knee has recovered and Puljujarvi will be playing in the team's annual young stars tournament. 

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WWYDW: Where Should Darnell Nurse Play?

Jonathan Willis
September 14 2016 09:00AM

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Darnell Nurse is something of a wildcard. The 21-year-old defenceman had an irregular rookie campaign in which the Edmonton Oilers asked him to do too much, too quickly after a pretty decent start to his NHL career.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask how the Oilers’ coaching staff should be planning to use Nurse out of the gate in 2016-17.

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