TOP 20 PROSPECTS, SEPT 2013

Lowetide
September 01 2013 05:04PM

After graduating an exceptional cluster of forwards over the last three seasons, the Oilers have the kind of prospect depth you'd expect: miles and miles of blue. With the likes of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov arriving in these seasons, there's not a lot of room for top end skill forwards. The blueline is a very different matter.

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Did the Oilers make a mistake signing Hall and Eberle to matching cap hits?

Jonathan Willis
September 01 2013 08:51AM

When the Oilers signed young stars Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to long-term extensions with matching $6 million/season cap hits, they set a benchmark for their key young players.

Was that an error?

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Linus Omark: What it will take to make the Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
August 31 2013 09:39AM

As most every Oilers fan knows by now, Linus Omark has returned to the fold on a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 in the majors. What will it take for him to earn those big league dollars?

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NIGHTS WITH NAIL, VOLUME ONE

Lowetide
August 30 2013 07:26PM

The game was framed as a chance to recover from a disastrous outing against San Jose, which featured a 6-1 first period for the Sharks in the lid lifter at Rexall. The game against LA featured everything--addled calls from the zebra's, screw jobs from the zebra's, astouding stupidity and breathtaking brilliance.

Mike Johnson told the audience that attention to detail, taking care of the defense and a "full 60 minutes" were key for the Oilers. Take care of those things and the result will take care of itself. The Los Angeles Kings were touted as a team with size who could hit everything that moved--big, heavy and mean. Oiler fans will recognize these Coles notes, they've been around forever and were certainly a part of the pre-game chatter that night.

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THE "C": MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Jason Gregor
August 30 2013 08:31AM

Based on the emotion, conversation and amount of articles I've seen since Wanye wrote Sam Gagner will be the Edmonton's 14th Captain; it is obvious hockey fans are getting restless. The season unofficially begins next week with rookie camp, while thankfully main camp is less than two weeks away, so the focus can go back to whether the Oilers have improved enough to contend for the playoffs.

We've enjoyed the distractions: debate of the captaincy, the return of Linus Omark, Taylor Hall's supposed Olympic snub by TSN and more, but none of that will matter once the puck drops Sept 14th vs. the Calgary Flames. What matters will be if the Oilers have improved.

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