Developing D-men requires patience

Jason Gregor
August 04 2014 10:39PM


There is no development timeline that works for every defenceman, however, it is obvious that the vast majority of them require more seasoning in junior before playing in the NHL.

There are extremely rare exceptions like Drew Doughty -- who can maintain their confidence and poise and within two years be one of the best defencemen in the world -- but most D-men, even the top-end ones, need more time in junior, college or the minors to develop their game.

If you believe Darnell Nurse should or will play in the NHL this season, then his developmental curve would be one we've rarely seen.

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Robin Brownlee
August 04 2014 07:44PM


When somebody comes off like a pompous know-it-all the way Edmonton Oilers’ president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe did with his infamous “six rings” remark, he deserves to be righteously roasted, as Lowe was. That’s as it should be.

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August 04 2014 06:37PM

draisaitl draft board

The Edmonton Oilers are old hands at graduating players right out of the draft. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov made the jump season over season over season, a rare item (for one team) in the game's history. This year, it looks like they may do it again. I've asked it twice, and I'm asking it again: Is Leon Draisaitl ready?

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Monday Mailbag - August 4th

August 04 2014 09:20AM


Oh hey there, friendly mailbag readers. It's once again your cue to stop doing anything work related and learn something from your pals at the Nation (most likely me... probably not). I need questions, and those come from you guys, so email me your question to and I'll get it up as soon as I can. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. And for God's sake learn something.

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August 03 2014 08:12AM


Many moons ago, the Edmonton Oilers passed on drafting Zach Parise. Why? Well, he was a small forward, and the Oilers had several in the system already. They were covered at that spot, no need for overkill. Best player available? NOPE! Marc Pouliot (flying, in photo) and J-F Jacques were the return for the draft pick that New Jersey used on Parise.

How's that working now? Well, let's see if we've learned any lessons.

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