The Oilers’ crowded defensive depth chart means playing time will be tough to find in Bakersfield

Jonathan Willis
August 06 2015 01:00PM

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It’s no secret that the Oilers have a crowd on the back end. Prospects Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart and Brandon Davidson will all push for spots on the NHL roster. Newcomers Andrej Sekera and Eric Gryba are major-league veterans and will figure into the mix. Those five players will have to contend with a returning group of five who were on the blue line last season.

What gets talked about less is that the NHL roster isn’t the only place that’s crowded. The Bakersfield Condors have a long list of defenceman looking for AHL playing time, and one of head coach Gerry Fleming’s key challenges will be to find development time for all his prospects.

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Fleming's Media Tour, Dallas Eakins, and OKC

Scott Zerr
August 06 2015 10:30AM

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New Bakersfield Condors head coach Gerry Fleming recently made a quick media tour around the city, and one of the first questions he was asked seemed peculiar in its own way.

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Robin Brownlee
August 06 2015 08:00AM


**The third post in an ongoing series - Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2002-03 Oilers season ** 

In an era when the Oilers were either just in or just out of the Western Conference playoffs, the 2002-03 season started badly and ended worse. In between, it was a campaign that would see the Oilers just in again with 92 points, a gaudy 13 points ahead of the ninth-place Chicago Blackhawks.

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The All-Time Oilers Roster

August 05 2015 11:58AM

Over the past week I locked the Nation writers in a room to battle and argue over who would make the all time Oilers roster. What is an all time roster? We're talking about the absolute best 23 players that the Oilers have to provide. We argued. We slapped. We struggled to find the wifi password. Finally, after days of debate we put our votes to paper and came up with a list of the best Oilers team imaginable. Will you agree? Probably not. Neither did we.

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WWYDW: Training Camp Invites

Jonathan Willis
August 05 2015 08:00AM

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If the stunning boredom that is the NHL’s free agent market is any indication, the Edmonton Oilers (and the vast majority of other major-league teams, too) are pretty much done their summer shopping. That’s bad news for a pile of decent second-tier free agents, who may have to rely on training camp invites to find work.

This week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday asks whether the Oilers should invite some established players to training camp, and if so which ones?

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