June 24 2014 03:05PM

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Summertime in Edmonton. The sun is shining nearly 24 hours a day. Food trucks have materialized from their winter slumber and line the streets like bystanders at a parade. And as an Oilers fan this is the time of the year where most of us are in a deadzone of emotion.

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Overpaying Nikita Nikitin

Jonathan Willis
June 24 2014 03:00PM


It’s becoming abundantly clear that if the Edmonton Oilers are able to reach a deal with Nikita Nikitin, the defenceman whose negotiating rights they acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets, they will be paying full price and then some for his rights.

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Oilers draft pick value chart

Jason Gregor
June 24 2014 01:03PM


I have no idea who made that chart, but it would be awesome if anyone came close to scoring 140 points in an NHL season. Maybe a supreme optimist made that chart, but regardless of what this chart was supposed to track most of us love looking at charts. They can give us a look into the past, present and often they try to project the future. The latter is extremely difficult, but this Friday, all 30 NHL teams will do their best to project which draft eligible players will become NHL players in the future.

It isn't easy, in fact it is extremely difficult, especially once you get past the first round. Last week, I posted an article about the Columbus Blue Jackets and their draft pick value chart. Scott Howson was the GM in Columbus in 2009 when they came up with their chart, so I wanted to know if the Oilers have a similar chart.

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June 24 2014 10:53AM

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It's draft week, and that means up is down, left is right and right is wrong, and you better decide which side you're on. Rumors about William Nylander or Nick Ritchie drawing into the top five, about Vancouver and Winnipeg and Toronto trading up—it's madness!

Into this Poe spring I'd like to throw out some verse about the Edmonton Oilers. Let's roll.

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Welcome to the third line, Nail Yakupov

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2014 03:20PM

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In a long, wide-ranging interview with the Edmonton Jouranl’s Jim Matheson, Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish described Nail Yakupov as a third-line player.

This will doubtless be controversial. It shouldn’t be, because that’s exactly where the player should slot in on the organizational depth chart today.

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