The Evolution of Zack Stortini

Jonathan Willis
August 02 2010 09:58AM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Right wing Zack Stortini #46 of the Edmonton Oilers fights with right wing Brandon Prust #33 of the Calgary Flames in the second period during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

“Evolution” and “evolved” may not be the first two words that come to mind when one looks at that picture, which highlights a big gap-toothed man with unkempt hair poised to beat on another man with his fist, but despite that seeming incongruity, evolution is what we saw when Zack Stortini fought in 2009-10.

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You Never Know

Lowetide
August 01 2010 10:57AM

This is Jeff Deslauriers as a rookie pro in the uniform of the Edmonton Roadrunners. He was 20, and the year was 04-05. His journey from the 2002 Entry Draft to the starting job at the NHL level in 09-10 is a long and winding road. 

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Reasonable Expectations: The Rookies

Lowetide
July 31 2010 10:40AM

This post begins my annual "reasonable expectations" series. Since there are several wrtiers on Oilers Nation, I'm going to condense all of the players into 5 articles. We begin with the sensational rookies.

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RALPH KRUEGER: NIGHTMARE ON 118TH AVENUE?

Robin Brownlee
July 30 2010 05:45PM

When the Edmonton Oilers announced this morning they'd hired Freddy Krueger as an associate coach, my first reaction -- aside from passing Cornflakes through my nostrils -- was "DubyaTeeEff?"

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Back to the Future

Lowetide
July 30 2010 07:53AM

In the next 12 months or so, we're going to hear a lot about Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky. Both make north of 4M per season and both will be UFA 2012 summer, and both can create offense on their own. There's every chance one (or both) will be gone by 2012 

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