Monday Mailbag - June 1st

baggedmilk
June 01 2015 08:30AM

Mailbag

June already, huh? That means we're in the ballpark for drafting McDavid. We are mere weeks away, but that's a story for another day. This story is about the Mailbag. Today, we take a look at the questions you've sent in for our panel of writers. If you have a question, you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. With that I present another edition of the Mailbag - enjoy.

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TCB OKC

Lowetide
May 31 2015 03:52PM

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The dictionary describes 'defunct' as "no longer existing or functioning" but I think "forever is a long damn time" should be added for full effect. The Oklahoma City Barons are defunct, a memory, soon to be a distant bell. Putting five years of effort and development into a few paragraphs is impossible, so I won't even try. What I will do this week (with some help) is attempt to reflect in words and photos the impact of the Oklahoma City Barons on their city and OilersNation as a whole. We begin today with the facts.

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The lessons the Oilers should take from Justin Schultz’s development

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2015 01:45PM

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Justin Schultz has emerged as a focal point for much of the wrath directed at Edmonton’s ineffective blue line. Some of that is his fault; he lacks any kind of physical edge and has specific failings, particularly in the defensive zone.

Much of it, however, is the fault of an Oilers team that has done pretty much everything wrong in terms of how it’s handled the player. It isn’t Schultz’s fault the team encouraged unrealistic expectations, it isn’t his fault the team force-fed him minutes he wasn’t prepared to handle and he certainly didn’t hold a gun to the Oilers’ collective head and force the club to overrate him and underrate Jeff Petry.

It’s too late to fix those mistakes now. It’s not too late to learn from them.

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PERFECT FIT?

Lowetide
May 30 2015 08:11PM

Among the possible matches for the Edmonton Oilers' laundry list of problems are the Ottawa Senators. A team that made the playoffs, has three good goalies, runs on a budget, and has some horrible contracts. Oh, and their GM isn't going to buy anyone out. It's too good to be true. Or is it?

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WAR GAMES: EDMONTON OILERS VS. NEW YORK RANGERS

Lowetide
May 29 2015 05:44PM

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In our continuing effort to bring you entertaining content in the time period that shall forever be known as "is it McDavid yet?" it is our pleasure to bring you another edition of War Games. In this episode, I play Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (similar in age) and Jonathan Willis takes on the role of Peter Chiarelli (both smart dressed men who have been photographed in Edmonton restaurants). Last episode went in all kinds of directions, let's see how this one turns out.

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