2008-09 Springfield Falcons: Five Years Later (Forwards)

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2014 08:31AM

For many years, the Edmonton Oilers did not have an AHL affiliate under their exclusive control. The team started to correct that in the late 2000’s with the Springfield Falcons, a team that was uniformly terrible under their watch. Since then, the Oilers have moved on to the Oklahoma City Barons, a much more successful team on the ice.

But winning is only part of the equation for an AHL team; the more important task is developing NHL players. Looking back five seasons, how did the Falcons do in that regard?

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July 14 2014 06:36PM


The Edmonton Oilers have some very nice things on right wing. A former No. 1 overall pick, one of Canada's all-time famous international players and a recent hire with some nice bullet points on his resume. There's also a very experienced fourth liner who is going to have a mighty mighty job this winter. A veteran group? In Edmonton? Come ON!

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The 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers Powerplay

Jonathan Willis
July 14 2014 02:00PM

Oilers fans

Edmonton’s offseason changes have been discussed with a fair degree of thoroughness, but one thing I haven’t seen covered is the makeup of the power play. Four regulars (five counting Ales Hemsky) from last year’s unit have since departed, and a number of the team’s recent additions could figure in as replacements. All that, and we haven’t even mentioned the impact of new assistant coach Craig Ramsay on the unit.

So, how should the coaching staff run this year’s unit?

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Will Kane and Toews' contracts change NHL pay scale?

Jason Gregor
July 14 2014 11:29AM


The Chicago Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical eight-year, $84 million contracts last week. They are the face of the Blackhawks so it made sense to re-sign them, but with a combined $21 million cap hit the new deals will limit the Hawks ability to add proven depth to their roster.

Of course the Hawks needed to keep these players, but even if the salary cap shoots up to $75 million in 2015/2016 Kane and Toews will eat up 28% of the total space. With that much of the cap eaten up by two players it makes it extremely difficult to add quality depth players, which is a necessity if you want to win the Cup.

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Monday Mailbag - July 14th

July 14 2014 10:55AM


It's time to grab coffee, learn a few things, and do whatever it takes to avoid doing work on a Monday.  I need questions for next week, so if you want to ask a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.  If you want them, I'll send everyone that sends in a question a sticker package from Nation HQ.  Thanks in advance!


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