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September 09 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Win tickets to the premier of Ice Guardians in Toronto, Nylander vs Marner, Canucks hire former player, Jets can't wait for Patrik Laine, X-factors for Flames this season, Oiler line combos, Team North America preview, World Cup news, the expansion draft, a classic scrap from the NHL's latest hire, Dailyfaceoff's fantasy draft kit and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Thursday Thoughts: Line Combos

Jason Gregor
September 08 2016 12:07PM


We are two weeks away from training camps. Medicals will occur on September 22nd, and every NHL team will hit the ice on Friday, September 23rd. Preseason action will begin on the 25th with Columbus and St.Louis playing two split squad games, and the Oilers, along with 18 other teams, get going on Monday the 26th.

Line combinations will be a hot topic, and they already are within Oilersnation. I believe the top line is settled, while the other lines will depend on Mike Richards signing a PTO, and whether Todd McLellan wants to play Leon Draisaitl on the wing or at centre.

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Meet Matt Benning

Jason Gregor
September 08 2016 09:30AM

In late August the Oilers signed free agent defenceman Matt Benning. The 22-year-old rearguard grew up in St. Albert and was a diehard Oilers fan. His father, Brian, played 616 NHL regular season and playoff games including a short stint with the Oilers.

The younger Benning was originally drafted 175th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2012, but after leaving Northeastern University this spring, he didn't sign with the Bruins and became a free agent.

He is 6'2 and 202, and most importantly for the Oilers he shoots right.

I spoke with Benning last week about signing with his childhood team, what areas of his game translate well to the NHL and why he choose Edmonton.

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TOP 100 OILERS: MIKE COMRIE (51)

Robin Brownlee
September 08 2016 07:00AM

Mike Comrie’s time with the Edmonton Oilers seemed scripted like one of those feel-good flicks where the local boy comes home and makes good. While it started out that way midway through the 2000-01 NHL season, it played out with more plot twists than a soap opera -- complete with heroes, villains and intrigue, not to mention an unlikely encore, by the time it was done.

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LAST SPOT ON THE MAGIC BUS (AGAIN)

Lowetide
September 07 2016 09:06PM


A year ago, we were talking about the one open spot among the Oilers top two lines: 2RW. Today, on the eve of training camp, 2RW stands as the unsolved mystery inside the top 6F.

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