August 07 2015 11:37AM

**The fourth post in an ongoing series - Lowetide re-lives the 2003-04 Oilers season **

The 2003-04 season was a disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers. They were in 12th place on February 1, a full 10 points out of the playoffs before charging hard and missing the postseason by an eyelash. The real pain for Oilers fans came in the success of the Calgary Flames, who came close to winning it all in wildly different seasons for Alberta's teams.

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McDavid Expectations

Jason Gregor
August 07 2015 08:30AM!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg

While Wanye and Baggedmilk (and other fans I'm sure) are crossing off the days on their Octane calender eagerly awaiting the start of the NHL season, we are in the down cycle of the NHL off-season. With arbitration finished, the remaining free agents holding out hope they can sign a deal and most teams' rosters set, it is a good time to look at expectations for the coming season.

What should Oilers fans expect from Connor McDavid?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 07 2015 07:00AM


Babcock getting van Riemsdyk to the next level, Canucks dishing out dollars, World Junior showcase, Flames trimming the fat, Oilers reliving the Pronger trade, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, free agency and more in this week's Roundup.

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August 06 2015 03:32PM


I wanted to give you guys a quick update on the summer sale, hats, and a few things NationGear. Long story short... If you were ever thinking of picking up a new outfit for date night this is the time to do it.

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

Jonathan Willis
August 06 2015 01:00PM

Darnell Nurse

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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