FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

Lowetide
August 21 2016 09:59AM

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We are most of the way through summer and the power-play point shot is not yet here—or if it is, not yet clear. Assuming Peter Chiarelli is unable to procure that item in summer shopping, who is the obvious choice among available talent? You might be surprised.

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WHO IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS IS MATT BENNING?

Lowetide
August 20 2016 09:27AM


Matt Benning is a college free agent and in the signing window at this time. The Edmonton Oilers have been mentioned as a possible destination, so it is probably time to have a longer look at a talented young player.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Robin Brownlee
August 20 2016 07:00AM

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How long has it been since a member of the Edmonton Oilers won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion? That would be 1986-1987, when Wayne Gretzky topped the scoring parade with 183 points. That’s long enough ago that Connor McDavid was a decade away from being born.

If you put much stock in what the writers at The Hockey News have to say, that’s a drought that’s about to end after almost three decades. In the annual Pool Guide put out by THN for the 2016-17 season, they’ve got McDavid, the Next One, taking the baton from the Great One in the Art Ross race.

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SCOUT'S HONOR 2016

Lowetide
August 19 2016 01:35PM

The Edmonton Oilers had a busy summer, at the draft, in free agency and in the trade market. There were also some changes in management and scouting—including some shuffling on the amateur side. Since procurement is the life's blood of an NHL team, keeping track of the scouting staff makes sense. It is an area Peter Chiarelli has tweaked quite a bit since his arrival.

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Making the Case for Another Right Wing

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2016 11:18AM

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Yesterday, I wrote that Radim Vrbata signing in Arizona was a missed opportunity for the Oilers. Many in the comments section disagreed, and so I thought it might be helpful to make the larger case as to why Edmonton needs another good right wing.

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