Columbus Blue Jackets’ centre situation is worth watching

Jonathan Willis
August 11 2014 05:19PM


Look long enough at the various players who might potentially available to the Edmonton Oilers at centre, and eventually the name Artem Anisimov comes up. He fits the direction of the organization – he’s big, he’s young, his underlying numbers are pretty good. He plays for a team in Columbus that has a surplus of talent up the middle.

Most importantly, though: He’s one of the few cases where there is also logical reason to think that there might be a change in his status as we get closer to training camp.

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August 10 2014 11:59AM


This is Andrew Miller. He might be the least famous forward on the Oilers North American depth chart, and yet the club re-signed him this summer. Why? Part of the reason may come from his second half performance. Miller seemed to turn a corner, to establish himself, after New Year's. The Oilers had several prospects spike in the second half, and that could bode well for the coming year.

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August 09 2014 07:13PM


"Gretzky statue". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Peter Pocklington sent Wayne Gretzky away on a Tuesday, the same instant he broke a city's heart. Previous to August 9, 1988, Peter Puck could be defended—he brought Wayne and Stanley to our fair city—but on that day the die was cast. The story has not and will not change: It was NOT a hockey trade, it was a sale and a dirty damn deed.

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Dallas Eakins on how an NHL coaching staff can use analytics

Jonathan Willis
August 09 2014 04:47PM

Dallas Eakins 18

We’re in the dog days of summer, and thanks to that even something as relatively small as the hiring of a statistical consultant by Edmonton had been debated to death.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked to Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 about the move, and he managed both to say some new things and give us some idea about what he’s expecting from new addition Tyler Dellow.

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Analytics vs. the Rest of the Hockey world

Jason Strudwick
August 09 2014 01:52PM


I have been out of the NHL for three full years now. As a player I never once heard of advanced stats inside our dressing room. A coach never brought it to our attention or discussed it with us individually or as a group. Since then the analytical part of the game has picked up momentum. It is gaining traction and respect throughout the hockey world.

So why does it seem that for many people it is one or the other? Analytics or traditional hockey thinking?

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