Is the Edmonton market’s focus on prospects contributing to Oilers losses?

Jonathan Willis
September 10 2014 07:00AM

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On Monday, the managing editor of SBNation’s Oilers website wrote a piece in which he explained that he would no longer be writing prospect profiles because doing so was perpetuating a “prospectophile” culture that excused the failings of the NHL team.

Is he right?

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West preview...Can the Flames score?

Jason Gregor
September 09 2014 01:10PM

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Our western conference preview stops in Calgary to look at the rebuilding Flames. They lost their leading goal scorer, Mike Cammalleri to New Jersey, and once again the biggest concern will be goal scoring.

The Flames played the most 5x5 minutes of any team in the NHL last year, but they only scored 136 goals and gave up 172. The only teams who were outscored at 5x5, but made the playoffs, were Philadelphia (144-150) and Montreal (130-135).

The Flames have to improve 5x5 if they have any hopes of making the postseason.

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ROOKIE CAMP: READY OR NOT?

Robin Brownlee
September 09 2014 12:17PM

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When you strip away the excitement that fans are getting closer to having some actual on-ice action to talk about, the 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp in Penticton is about Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. Everything and everyone else is a sidebar.

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Tryout Season

Jonathan Willis
September 09 2014 10:32AM

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Training camp is nearing rapidly, which makes this an exciting time of the year for teams, signed players and fans. It’s more bittersweet for the unsigned NHL’ers out there; resolution is coming one way or the other but it very well might take the form of a tryout deal.

Are there any players out there who the Oilers should be interested in taking a look at?

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We Want to Sponsor Your Hockey Team

baggedmilk
September 08 2014 03:15PM

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When I was a kid, I used to hang out in the back yard, at my parents' place, and rip tennis balls at the fence.  I would be out there for hours, convinced that I was going to end up in the NHL.  Obviously that didn't happen.  I ended up blogging about the game I was so sure I was going to play for a living. Luckily, a lot of us are still able to play hockey for the love of the game, and we think you should be rewarded for your dedication.

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