The Precarious Nature of the Oilers’ Goaltending

Jonathan Willis
September 05 2016 11:00AM


If the Edmonton Oilers’ 2016-17 season ends up going truly sideways, it’s going to have something to do with goaltending. This shouldn’t be a revelation; after all, the official rebuild started back in 2009-10 with a meltdown in net and more recently the Craig MacTavish-helmed edition of the team foundered off something similar.

The 2016-17 team shares some of the same weaknesses as those clubs.

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Expecting Connor

Matt Henderson
September 05 2016 09:00AM

It’s rather unfair to be labelled the next big thing. The weight of expectation could crush someone not mentally strong enough. Connor McDavid’s NHL career has been highly anticipated since he was 11 years old and his debut only disappointed because we were robbed of a full season by a Flyers defense whose only means of stopping the child prodigy was jumping on his back and driving his shoulder into the boards. While voters played mental gymnastics finding ways to say he wasn’t worthy of the Calder trophy, what’s clear to those who watched was that he was already well past the rookie conversation. Now we’re left wondering how many in the league McDavid isn’t already better than.

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Monday Mailbag - Strengths and Weaknesses

September 05 2016 07:00AM



It's another long weekend edition of the Mailbag and this week is dedicated to the poor suckers that had to go into work today. This Mailbag goes out every one of you that was roped into to working by the man. This Mailbag is dedicated to everyone that is sitting at their job with absolutely no intention of being at all productive today. I'm here for you, my brothers and sisters. May the clock hands move quickly. 

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September 04 2016 07:15PM

The hockey is happening! Across many leagues, levels and countries, Oilers players and prospects are in action. Here's a quick look at progress, with an emphasis on the bubbling under prospects.

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September 04 2016 11:05AM

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The Edmonton Oilers are set at center (if Leon Draisaitl plays there) and left wing for the coming year, but the right side up front has some question marks. There is plenty of potential behind Jordan Eberle, but who gets the 2R job? The 3R role? Anton Slepsyshev broke camp with the big club a year ago, can he do it again?

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