No need to "Nurse" his development

Jason Gregor
September 03 2015 12:45PM

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Does Darnell Nurse need time in the AHL, or can he step in and help the Oilers right now?

It is one of the burning questions heading into training camp. I believe his play will have the biggest impact on how the blueline shapes ups early in the season.

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 1979-80 SEASON

Robin Brownlee
September 03 2015 08:00AM

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After seven seasons of acrimony, lawsuits and inflationary player raiding by the upstart World Hockey Association (1972-79), the NHL grew from 17 to 21 teams when it reluctantly opened its doors to the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets by way of a merger.

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European Flair

Scott Zerr
September 02 2015 06:32PM

While plans are certainly not set in stone, the Bakersfield Condors could find themselves with a very intriguing – and potentially complete – line of forwards with European flair.

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WWYDW: Development Curves

Jonathan Willis
September 02 2015 12:18PM

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It’s September now, which means that we’re in for a month of relentless focus on training camp battles and the opening night lineup, with occasional breaks to just sit and enjoy the fact that hockey is being played again (even if it is in rookie tournament/preseason form).

So instead of focusing at the start of this season, let’s use WWYDW to take a few minutes and look ahead. If you were the general manager, what would your development plan look like for the prospects with an honest shot at NHL minutes as the year goes on?

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Crowded

Matt Henderson
September 02 2015 08:00AM

 

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Crowded. That’s the way I would describe Edmonton’s defense at both the NHL and AHL levels. There are a finite number of positions that come with significant playing time, and right now there are more players than open spots. 

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