Top to Bottom: Contenders, Tankers, and That Big Mess in the Middle at the Halfway Point

Cam Lewis
January 16 2017 09:00AM

It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings. 

Three months down, three to go. We're halfway through the 2016-17 NHL season. At this point, we can stop talking about who's over and underachieving, because at this point enough time has passed to accurately determine who's actually good and who's actually bad. 

With that in mind, I'm going to split the league into five categories: Legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, surefire playoff teams who aren't quite at the top of the class, basement teams who are fighting for last overall, teams in purgatory who aren't bad enough to tank but won't compete for a playoff spot, and middling teams who could occupy the last few spots depending on external factors. 

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Monday Mailbag - Do the Oilers Need a New Backup?

January 16 2017 07:00AM

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Happy Monday, fine citizens. May your day go by quickly and the faces of your co-workers go un-punched. Here is another edition of the Mailbag to help you kill off some company time, and give you an opportunity to learn something at the same time. Magic, right? As always, this feature is completely dependent on you guys. If you've got a question you can email it to me at or DM on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Until then, enjoy another free lesson from our stable of writers.

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Oilers Recall Jordan Oesterle

January 15 2017 08:00PM


Today, it was announced that the Edmonton Oilers have recalled Jordan Oesterle from the Bakersfield Condors.

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January 15 2017 06:39PM

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The Edmonton Oilers recalled Jordan Oesterle from Bakersfield today, that means someone (probably Adam Larsson) is going to be unavailable against Arizona and possibly beyond). The Condors were short a man before the recall, and that has caused a chain reaction through the system. Let's have a look at the recalls, the injuries and the numbers from this week among Oilers prospects. Oesterle photo by Mark Williams, all rights reserved.

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January 15 2017 11:56AM

The meaning behind the name Jesse, according to those who research these things, is 'gift' and that fits the storyline regarding Jesse Puljujarvi's arrival as an Edmonton Oilers draft pick. We loved JP the moment he fell to No. 4 overall, and have become even more enamored with him through various impressive feats: Scoring his first goal in his first game, destroying a pizza in view of media cameras, and playing a stunningly mature game for a person of his age. JP is in the AHL right now, and Oilers fans are curious about his experience, what fair expectations might be, and perhaps most importantly, when will we see him again?

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