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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Edmonton Oilers Prospect Pyramid

Chris the Intern
September 07 2016 11:07AM

If you didn't see the video, LeafsNation vlogger and Sportsnet super personality Steve Dangle got fed up with prospect rankings, and decided to create his own method to rank prospects by using the Prospect Pyramid. I thought it was an interesting way of ranking prospects, as evaluating players who have never played an NHL game before can be difficult and subjective. 

The Prospect Pyramid groups players together in tiers. Players who share similar skill sets and potential are grouped together on the pyramid, and are separated from players who are not comparable. It is a platform that someone could look at and understand who they should pay attention to in the system and who they shouldn't. I wanted to do something similar, so here is my modified version of the Edmonton Oilers Prospect Pyramid. 

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