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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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 19 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Leafs shouldn't be tanking, the Canucks climb back up the standings, Red Wings re-live jail, comparing Gaudreau to the NHL's best, Oilers building on inheritance, a KHL player goes crazy, NCAA free agent frenzy, no goalie equipment changes, new advanced stats and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Get Ready for a Whole New Level of Advanced Stats

Chris the Intern
August 18 2016 03:30PM

Gary Bettman and the NHL held a press conference early Wednesday morning to discuss the World Cup Of Hockey. In this press conference they talked about ads on jerseys, digitally enhanced dasher boards for more ads (and more money), and other miscellaneous hockey talk. Most importantly, Bettman announced that puck and player tracking will be tested during the World Cup of Hockey tournament. 

The NHL tried this experiment once before during the 2015-16 All-Star Game, however, it sounds like they've made some adjustments and are taking another swing at it. Sportvision, the same company that does play tracking for the NFL, MLB, Olympics, etc are currently leading the charge. If this new technology can be perfected, it will be a huge step forward for hockey analytics.

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