Depth Through the Third Line

Matt Henderson
August 16 2016 07:00AM

Every once in a while it’s important to reset, to go back to the beginning and see how far we’ve come. Peter Chiarelli has been hard at work changing the Oilers to fit his image of an NHL club. I haven’t been on board with a number of Chiarelli’s moves throughout his still short stint as Oiler general manager. As an example, I doubt I’ll ever be fully comfortable with the price he paid to acquire the duo of Reinhart and Larsson. I don’t have to. It’s not a requirement for this job. However, if we focus on the mantra of “Balance and Depth” then it’s hard not to see improvement overall and specifically in the bottom six.

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Monday Musings: Are NCAA free agents overrated?

Jason Gregor
August 15 2016 01:09PM

"NCAA free agents have become the most overrated and over-hyped asset in hockey," an NHL scout said to me at the 2016 draft over breakfast.

"I'm not saying they aren't good players, but teams treat them like they are going to be stars. They get into bidding wars and pay them like they are top-three draft picks. It's crazy," he said.

Jimmy Vesey is officially a free agent tomorrow and many teams want to sign the 23-year-old. He went undrafted in 2011, and then the Predators selected him 66th overall in 2012. He has spent the past four seasons honing his skills with Harvard, but he elected not to sign with the Predators. They traded his rights to the Buffalo Sabres on June 20th for the 76th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Sabres have yet to sign him, and starting at 10 p.m MDT tonight the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Devils, Blackhawks and Bruins (the rumoured teams with the best chance so sign him) will be able to "officially" talk to him about a contract.

How good is he, and is he worth the courtship?

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North by NorthGretz - Sweet Chin Podcast

North By NorthGretz
August 15 2016 11:00AM

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This week the boys are joined by the illustrious Yukon Jack! The fellas talk wrestling, Rexall Beer®, shuffleboard, and Yukon shares some great radio stories, and more...

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Monday Mailbag - Playoffs?

baggedmilk
August 15 2016 07:00AM

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As per Nation tradition it is mailbag time once again! As always, I've taken your questions and sent them out to our writers to get the answers that you've always been craving. I've said it many times before, but this segment is entirely dependent on you guys and I need questions for next week. If you have something you'd like to ask you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.com

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER (BLUE VERSION)

Lowetide
August 14 2016 01:49PM

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Joey Laleggia is still in his entry-level deal, but at age 24 his time is now. The offensive defender needs to show well during training camp and in the 2016-17 season in order to make a solid impression. With Brad Hunt off the team in Bakersfield, can Laleggia spike offensively and get noticed?

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