The Biggest Stories of 2016: Part 1

December 29 2016 07:00AM


Welcome, my friends, to Part One of the Best of OilersNation from the past 12 months. In this article, I've put together the most popular stories and topics from the year in our first annual look back at the year that was. Your boy dug through the Nation's analytics, grabbed an abacus, and figured out which stories were the most read by you fine citizens and threw them together into two tasty parts. Now, let's take a trip down memory lane as we look back at the first five stories that moved the dial at OilersNation in 2016. 

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WWYDW: Should Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be in the Oilers’ long-term plans?

Jonathan Willis
December 28 2016 04:00PM


It wasn’t all that long ago that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was regarded in many quarters as the Oilers’ most important building block, the first-line centre the team’s rebuild would hinge on. With the arrival of Connor McDavid and the emergence of Leon Draisaitl, however, the idea of trading RNH has a certain currency among segments of the fan base.

In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, we want to get your view on the player. If you were Edmonton’s general manager, would Nugent-Hopkins be in your long-term plans?

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Sekera, Puljujarvi, Caggiula and a BIG thank you

Jason Gregor
December 28 2016 02:01PM

The Oilers were back on the ice after a four-day Christmas break, but Andrej Sekera was noticeably absent. Sekera blocked a shot on his foot late in the San Jose game, and if he's out any period of time it would be a huge blow.

The Oilers defence has been able to play well despite injuries to Darnell Nurse, Brandon Davidson, Mark Fayne, Kris Russell and Eric Gryba and various times, but Sekera has been their best D-man all season and he'll be very hard to replace. After practice, Todd McLellan said Sekera reported back from the Christmas break feeling under the weather and they will see how he feels tomorrow.

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Adding A Player Before Expansion

Matt Henderson
December 28 2016 11:41AM


New Year’s Eve is around the corner and one resolution for the Edmonton Oilers might just be to do everything in their power to become a playoff team. Good news, this team is in position already to that (crazy, I know). So the next step is to be more than a team that just makes it in and is happy to be there. This team should resolve itself to add another impactful player.

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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report: Turkey Medicine

Chris the Intern
December 28 2016 07:00AM


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I'll have you know that there was one game since the last injury report, and we had NO NEW injuries! *round of applause.* There was, however, a pretty significant piece of injury news that came up. It breaks my heart to talk about it, but let's do it anyways. 

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