GDB 52.0: Best in the West

Jason Gregor
January 31 2017 01:06PM

Game Day

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Another game, another battle against a top team, and once again the Oilers are not regarded as underdogs. The first 51 games have drastically altered the league's perception of Edmonton. Teams respect them, and the Oilers back-to-back victories in Anaheim and San Jose last week have changed their internal expectations.

They believe they can compete with the top teams in the league.

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Andrej Sekera, No. 1 Defenceman

Jonathan Willis
January 31 2017 11:15AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have taken a defence-by-committee approach this season. Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell both play a lot, just under 22 minutes per game. Adam Larsson’s numbers are skewed a little by not taking on any kind of offensive role, but he too is over the 20-minute mark on average.

At the top of the depth chart is Andrej Sekera. The best defenceman to enter unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015, Sekera has emerged as an all-situations workhorse for the Oilers and their top overall blueliner.

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TOP 100 OILERS: PETR KLIMA (33)

Robin Brownlee
January 31 2017 07:00AM

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From the candy cane tape job on his hockey stick to the Great Dane he kept in his hotel room at the Coliseum Inn across the Street from Northlands Coliseum to the business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back mullet and big fur coats he favoured, Petr Klima was a walking fashion statement. He had style.

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HOW GOOD IS SASHA CHMELEVSKI?

Lowetide
January 30 2017 06:21PM

In the first period of the CHL Top Prospects Game Monday evening, winger Sasha Chmelevski scored a brilliant goal. I am a draft geek, and haven't heard much about him. So, let's have a look.

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Monday Musings: NHL Debates and a special tribute

Jason Gregor
January 30 2017 01:55PM

Thinker

The NHL released their top-100 players this past weekend, and when you release a list like this, it inevitably leads to debates. I think we can all agree the 100 players are exceptional, however, I was surprised by a few.

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