Monday Mailbag - Ranking the Pacific Division

August 29 2016 07:00AM



It's time to tilt your chair back to a comfortable position, because we've got 3000 words worth of company time wasting wisdom coming at you in this week's mailbag. As always, I need your questions to make this work. If you've got one, email it to me at or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk and I'll get to you as soon as we can. Fine citizens, I present you with another mailbag. Enjoy!

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August 28 2016 11:00AM

We're back! Starting today and going each Sunday all year, Weekend Update offers the latest on Edmonton's prospects across all leagues. It was an eventful week on several fronts.

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August 28 2016 03:15AM

The Edmonton Oilers signed defensive prospect Matt Benning yesterday afternoon, completing a very busy spring and summer in college procurement. Although Edmonton has several draft picks playing at the college level—William Lagesson, Zach Nagelvoort, Tyler Vesel, others—all four men (Drake Caggiula,Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Benning) were classified as free agents at the time of their signing. Who among this group will make the NHL first? Based on depth chart, the smart money might be on Benning.

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The Shin Pad Assassin

Matt Henderson
August 27 2016 05:48PM

The Oilers went out and acquired Sekera, one of Free Agency’s biggest prizes, in the summer of 2015 for 5.5 million a year over 6 years. That’s a lot of scratch. By about a million and a half he’s the highest paid Oiler defenseman on the roster. Only somewhat ironically, “that’s the price you have to pay” is actually the phrase that applies to signing UFA defensemen with a positive track record. In his first year with the Oilers Andrej Sekera gained a nickname that I think will probably stick with him while he’s here: The Shin Pad Assassin. It’s catchy. It also carries a pretty negative connotation for a player who lived up to reasonable expectations on an unreasonably terrible team.

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August 27 2016 10:33AM

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The summer activity almost over, we can begin to cobble together lineups for the NHL Oilers and the AHL Condors. Expect to see the usual number of AHL veterans, some legit skill prospects (mostly undrafted college signings) and ten miles of lefty blue. Let's have a look (Photos by Mark Williams).

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