It's All About the Money Money Money

Chris the Intern
June 07 2016 12:45PM

I got a first look at the new Oilers jerseys complete with corporate ads. #CREAM #oilers 💰💰💰

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We learned last week that the NHL is going to debut advertisements on the jersey's during the World Cup tournament as a "test run." The way I see it, almost every aspect of watching hockey right now is monetized. It would be nice if the NHL could keep at least ONE aspect of the game un-touched by corporate money, especially the jerseys. Unfortunately the truth of the matter is that this was bound to happen, and we can't do anything about it. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #29 Tyler Benson

Ryan Biech
June 07 2016 10:56AM

Tyler Benson entered the season as someone who could hear his name called in the Top 15 of the 2016 NHL Entry draft, but injuries derailed his season before it even began. 

Now the former first overall WHL bantam pick finds himself falling in draft rankings simply because there are too many questions marks for a player that had very few to start the year. Our consensus rankings have him holding onto one of the final first-round spots because we think there is enough talent for a team to take the risk.

Benson checks in as the 29th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 1997-98 SEASON

Robin Brownlee
June 07 2016 07:00AM

As quickly as the Edmonton Oilers had raised the expectations of fans with a return to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the highly favoured Dallas Stars in the spring of 1997, they stuck a pin in that balloon at the start of the 1997-98 season by getting off to a 5-10-5 start in their first 20 games.

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UPDATING THAT CRAZY TRADE

Lowetide
June 06 2016 07:45PM

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This is Anton Slepyshev. He was part of an unusual set of trades at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. GM at the time Craig MacTavish took the advice of his scouting department and traded down—twice—in order to add selections. I found it interesting at the time, and decided to follow it every season for five years (we are now through three seasons) to see how things turn out. Here is this summer's look.

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Monday Musings: Goalie fitting chart, Lucic and more

Jason Gregor
June 06 2016 05:30PM

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Only 19 days until the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Seeing the Oilers pick in the top four is nothing new, but the expectation of them to make a significant trade is heightened compared to previous years. The Oilers simply didn't have the depth at forward to consider trading one of their scorers, but the arrival of Connor McDavid, and emergence of Leon Draisaitl, allows GM Peter Chiarelli to move a skilled forward in the hopes of landing a right-shot defenceman.

I'll admit the anticipation of a move has me more intrigued by the Oilers than I have been in a decade.

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