Tracking the Department of Youth

Lowetide
October 17 2010 06:59AM

In our weekly look at Oilers prospects, it looks like some of the kids in junior are on their way to breakout seasons. At the AHL level, some prospect progress and some trying times for future Edmonton Oilers.

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GDB 4.0: LOOKING TO END A STREAK

Jason Gregor
October 16 2010 01:17PM

After a convincing 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on opening night, the Oilers have played two consecutive unemotional, unable-to-complete-a-pass and soft-on-the-forecheck type of games. Whether they can complete consecutive passes tonight is still a mystery, but there should be no lack of emotion or grit when they drop the puck on the second installment of the Battle of Alberta.

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Veteran Leadership

Jonathan Willis
October 16 2010 10:59AM

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Bill Guerin #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 3, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Every time I look at the Oilers’ forwards this season, I’m amazed by how young a group it is. Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi are all under the age of 20, and playing in their first season. Gagner, Brule and Cogliano are all 23-or-under, and all are expected to play pivotal roles in the top-nine. Shawn Horcoff’s the lone top-12 forward over 30, Penner’s next at 28, Hemsky’s 27, and the remaining regulars are either 25 or 26.

And every time I think about that, I wonder if the Oilers could use a steady veteran up front.

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AND SO IT BEGINS...

Jason Gregor
October 15 2010 03:52PM

I’m glad to see that things have returned to normal in the Nation and around Edmonton when it comes to the Oilers. After a summer where many said they’d be happy with a rebuild and were just going to enjoy the games, it only took three games for people to start questioning many players on the Oilers.

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Growing Pains

Lowetide
October 15 2010 07:33AM

Life doesn't always turn out as planned. One minute you're on a big time television show and the next minute you're making straight-to-DVD classics. The window of opportunity can close quickly. Thank goodness there are older folks around to give advice.

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