Monday Mailbag - Which Defenseman Will Make the Biggest Impact?

baggedmilk
July 25 2016 07:00AM

Mailbag

You didn't have the day off either, huh? I guess that means it's Monday again. Fortunately, the Mailbag is here with 3000 words worth of company time killing wisdom that your brain will eager to soak up. Learning? On a Monday morning? That's right, my friends. At the Nation, we're not just about yellin' all things Oilers, we're also about learnin' you stuff and making 5pm roll around just a little bit faster. As always, I need questions for next week so keep them coming in through email or Twitter. Keep your questions Oilers related or maybe you want to learn about life. Either way, we've got you covered. Until then, enjoy the break from productivity. 

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER

Lowetide
July 24 2016 10:29AM

NHL equivalencies are a great way to put a bunch of players outside the NHL into a single category for the purposes of estimating offense. It is not perfect, but does act as a reasonable guideline for fans to project prospects into the immediate future. This year's NHLEs have one major issue, but once again give us a solid look at Edmonton's top forward prospects.

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How well did Adam Larsson play against top opponents last year?

Jonathan Willis
July 24 2016 07:00AM

On Friday, I looked at how Edmonton’s defencemen fared when played against the best opponents in the NHL last year. Immediately and repeatedly I was asked to show how newcomer Adam Larsson did in the same role.

The answer is that it’s complicated.

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MATTHEW CAIRNS

Lowetide
July 23 2016 06:46PM

In the middle of the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft—with most of the top end CHL kids already chosen—Edmonton looked to the OJHL for defender Matthew Cairns. One month later, there are still questions about this player, and what he brings. Let's have a look.

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Kris Versteeg expected to sign in Bern, further reducing the UFA winger pool

Jonathan Willis
July 23 2016 03:45PM

Kris Versteeg is a 30-year-old right shooting winger with two Stanley Cup rings who might have been a useful bargain signing for several NHL teams. It appears that won’t happen, as he’s expected to sign in Switzerland this weekend.

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