GDB 81.0: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Jason Gregor
April 09 2015 11:25AM

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Laurent Brossoit and Curtis Hamilton will be the 42nd and 43rd players to suit up for the Edmonton Oilers tonight against the San Jose Sharks. Both of them will play their first NHL game just like Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Bogdan Yakimov, Jordan Oesterle, Iiro Pakarinen, Brandon Davidson, Andrew Miller, Tyler Bunz and David Musil did earlier this season.

One of the few positives in another losing season for the Oilers is that many of their young players got a taste of life in the NHL. Most of them won't become regulars down the road, but many fans are hoping Nurse, Draisaitl and Brossoit can be at some point.

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A VG SNEAK PEAK, YOUR PHOTOSHOP WINNER, AND THE NATIONDRAFTS PLAYOFF POOL

baggedmilk
April 08 2015 05:09PM

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If you’re looking for an article that throws management, and the team, under the bus you’re going to be disappointed. These here words are dedicated to haute couture, hockey psychics, and a photoshop hero that deserves your praise and worship. There will be no Oilers related rage here so proceed with caution. You can't say that I didn't warn you. 

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WWYDW: The 50-Man List and 2015-16

Jonathan Willis
April 08 2015 01:05PM

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With the end of the season nigh, we’re approaching the time when the Edmonton Oilers will need to make decisions on the players they want as part of their organization. Trade and unrestricted free agency get considered a lot, but before the team embarks on that approach it has to decide what to do with its own pending free agents and unsigned draft picks and how much space on the 50-man list it needs.

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MacT's Defense

Matt Henderson
April 08 2015 11:01AM

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We can agree universally on just a few things when it comes to the Oilers. We all agree the team is bad, sure, but what about beyond that? There are factions of Oiler fans who think Hall should be traded. There are factions who don’t believe in Yakupov. Heck, there are still people defending Scrivens’ season. But one thing that isn’t a question is this: Craig MacTavish’s defense is substandard. He has been on the job for two years and it is no better today than when he started.

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Take the Hit, But Take a Number

Jonathan Willis
April 08 2015 09:00AM

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One of the interesting little mini-battles that caught my eye in Tuesday’s 4-2 Oilers win over Los Angeles was the conflict between Kings captain Dustin Brown and Edmonton’s third line. Brown caught third-line pivot Anton Lander with a hard check early in the game, and Lander and his linemates seemingly never let that go.

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