July 24 2014 09:22AM


That's Boston's Don Awrey up against Walter Tkaczuk, 40 years ago. Awrey was a stay-at-home defenseman, and every team had two or three. Shot blockers, penalty killers, tough-as-nails and absolutely filthy compared to the game today. Stay-at-home defensemen aren't stellar puck movers and passers, and the game's progress away from defense and toward controlled retrieval and the outlet pass have made this group less important by the year. Comparing this summer's first round to the 2004 draft—just ten years ago—puts things into perspective.

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot

Jonathan Willis
July 24 2014 07:00AM

Edmonton added two significant NHL veterans on the wing over the summer. Both Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot have long track records of even-strength scoring, and have played significant minutes for successful NHL teams. What will they do in Edmonton?

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The Edmonton Oilers new fourth line isn’t really a fourth line

Jonathan Willis
July 23 2014 03:55PM

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One of the little items that’s really been overlooked in the hue and cry over the Oilers’ (admittedly poor) centre situation is the fact that the line Edmonton plans to stick Boyd Gordon and Matt Hendricks on isn’t really the team’s fourth line.

It’s much more than that.

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Rocky's role?

Jason Gregor
July 23 2014 10:22AM


Rocky Thompson was named assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers last week. He's only 36, but he already has seven years of coaching experience.

Many were wondering what will be bring to the staff? What will his role be? I caught up with Thompson last week to try and find out those answers.

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July 22 2014 01:22PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are predictable when it comes to their roster spots—so predictable that we can surround the opening night lineup with very little trouble. It's been years since an actual surprise emerged and won a job during the pre-season, and it's extremely unlikely to happen this season.

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