BLUE LINE FINDS

Robin Brownlee
June 10 2016 03:59PM

ChiarelliPhone

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have been talking about the need to acquire a bonafide top-pairing defenseman for months, for years actually, and debating who GM Peter Chiarelli should be setting his sights on this off-season.

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If You're Not First, You're Last

jeanshorts
June 10 2016 09:00AM

We're about two weeks away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, or as Oiler fans have become accustomed to calling it "The Most Competitive The Oilers Will Be This Calendar Year". As Oiler fans we're super well-versed on top 10 picks, and the first round in general. But what about those guys on the complete opposite end of the HockeyDB list? Today we're taking a look at the LAST picks in the draft!

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #26 Samuel Girard

J.D. Burke
June 10 2016 07:00AM

Samuel Girard likely has the most offensive potential of any defenceman in this draft class. He's the single most productive defender in junior hockey and he's accomplished that feat as a 17-year-old. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to launch many a defenceman into the top ten of their class regardless of position.

We're not talking about a normal defenceman, though. Girard plays such a high risk, high reward game that one scout I spoke with at the CHL Top Prospect Game called him a fourth forward. That particular line of criticism is usually exaggerated or unfounded entirely when spent on high point producing junior defenders, but in this particular case it's grounded in reality.

Under the right circumstances, Girard can iron these wrinkles in his game, though. The tools readily available in Girard's toolkit, like his skating, vision, crisp passing and general slipperiness aren't so easily developed from the ground up. Those among countless other reasons culminated in Girard ranking 26th overall in our consensus rankings. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 10 2016 05:00AM

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Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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2006 FLASHBACK: ROUND THREE

Lowetide
June 09 2016 06:52PM

In the fourth installment of the series, the Oilers are halfway home as they enter the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. The goaltending is strong, the special teams are firing and the fans—well, the fans are delirious.

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