The upside to missing the World Championships

Jonathan Willis
August 13 2014 07:00AM


The Edmonton Oilers and Hockey Canada have had a long relationship, and few players on the current roster exemplify it better than Jordan Eberle.

Eberle was a famous player even before his first NHL game thanks to his exploits at the World Juniors, but he’s been a good soldier at the World Championships, too, joining the team for four consecutive tournaments from 2010 to 2013.

This year, Eberle didn’t go, but that might be for the best.

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August 12 2014 06:17PM

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Now that Leon Draisaitl is signed, we can begin talking about possible linemates. Although Edmonton doesn't have many centers applying for NHL work, winning a job at center with the Oilers practically guarantees a very nice set of wingers.

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Edmonton Oilers sign 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
August 12 2014 01:19PM

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The Edmonton Oilers made an unsurprising but still positive announcement on Tuesday morning, revealing that third overall pick Leon Draisaitl had been signed by the team.

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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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