Learning from the San Jose Sharks’ Power Play

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2015 04:22PM

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It’s easy to think of a power play a little bit like a chess game. The players gain the zone through a carefully planned entry, setup and then create scoring chances through clever puck movement and intelligent positioning.

The problem with the chess analogy is that it’s too slow, too static, too built on patiently creating the right opening. As the San Jose Sharks have shown over the last few years, successful power plays are anything but patient.

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OILERSNATION COUNTDOWN: TOP 5 BLUNDERS

baggedmilk
August 21 2015 01:25PM


Another week has passed and that means it's time for another Top 5 countdown. This week we take a look at the biggest blunders in Oilers history as voted by you fine citizens. The nominees were varied and this list has a little taste of everything, but that likely won't appease some of you. Let the arguments begin!

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Bargain Bin Shopping: Forwards Left on the Market

Cam Lewis
August 21 2015 08:30AM

Remember when teams were happy to hand out massive contracts like Halloween candy during the NHL's free agency period? That certainly hasn't been the case this summer. In fact, this has been a terrible summer for free agents, as the lower-than-expected cap ceiling has resulted in teams being more conservative ever with their offseason roster improvements. As a result, we're getting towards the end of August and a handful of notable players are still floating around on the market looking for new contracts. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 21 2015 06:45AM

RoundUp

Pavel Bure's Legends Hockey League, Trevor Linden defends GM, is Babcock really better than Carlyle, Flames new arena, Sam Bennett at centre, McDavid and Hall get head start on season, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER

Lowetide
August 20 2015 12:00PM

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You don't need a slide rule to know Connor McDavid arrives at his first NHL camp with a lot of traction and the tools to be an impact rookie. The question for Oilers fans may be 'how many rookies should be considered based on previous performance?' and NHL equivalencies suggest there are several.

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