Zack Kassian: I still have a lot to prove

Jason Gregor
May 20 2016 02:15PM

Last October Zack Kassian was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA. He went to rehab for two months and on December 15th he was cleared to return to active status. Then he entered the follow-up care phase of the substance abuse and behavioural health program.

The Montreal Canadiens placed him on waivers and he went to the American Hockey League. On December 28th, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli acquired him in exchange for goalie Ben Scrivens. Kassian reported to the Oilers AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. On January 13th, after seven games in the minors, the Oilers recalled Kassian.

He played 36 games for the Oilers, and yesterday he signed a one-year contract for $1.5 million. I spoke with the 13th overall pick in 2009 about returning to the Oilers, what he wants to improve and where he fits in next season.

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Introducing Kyla the Intern

May 20 2016 11:00AM


When the Oilers season ends that doesn't mean life stops at Nation HQ. We keep moving forward, figuring out new ways to grow the website, drink excessively, and occasionally search for new people to join our team. After concluding the Great Intern Search® of 2016 we found a new team member for you guys to get to know. Today I want to take a few minutes to introduce to the brand new addition to the team at Nation HQ. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Kyla... the Intern. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #39 Cam Dineen

May 20 2016 07:00AM

Coming in at #39 we have Cam Dineen, one of a few small(ish) defensemen who may be getting overlooked a little bit heading into the draft.

After the jump we'll take a look at one of the most statistically impressive defenders coming out of the OHL this season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 20 2016 05:00AM

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Everyone wants Tyson Barrie, when putting value on draft picks goes wrong, is Mitch Marner NHL ready, Jets have assets to trade, coach talks Canucks struggles, Flames will have to trade for a goalie, is Oilers 4th overall pick undervalued, all kinds of draft news, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Small Shoes to Fill

Jonathan Willis
May 19 2016 03:40PM


There has been no shortage of conversation this year about the Edmonton Oilers’ obvious need at right defence. Possible candidates have been investigated, with their abilities and the acquisition cost associated with each discussed in depth. The assets that Edmonton has available to trade in the right deal are also well-known at this point.

Less attention has been given to how easy it’s going to improve on the players the Oilers iced at that position last year.

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