THINGS THAT MUST IMPROVE: POWERPLAY

Jason Gregor
October 04 2011 03:02PM

Dave Andreychuk played 1,597 games before winning the Stanley Cup - the longest streak in NHL history. Keep in mind only eight other players have ever played that many games, so it likely will never be broken. Roman Hamrlik is the active leader, 1,311 games without hosting the Cup, but he'd have to play almost three and a half more years to surpass Andreychuk.

Andreychuk wasn't a great skater, but he had soft hands and was especially good on the powerplay. He holds the NHL record for most career PP goals with 274. There are many areas the Oilers need to improve on next year, but the PP must be near the top of the list.

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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

Wanye
October 04 2011 12:28PM

 

We have had a hell of a past few seasons as fans of the Edmonton Oilers haven’t we? Anyone remember the heart pounding Cup run of 2006? Anyone remember the heart destroying summer of 2006?

Anyone still remember the five – count em – five years since as we all found entertaining ways to cover for the Oil as they bumbled, fumbled and dumb-dumbled their way to back to back lasts?

Let’s take a look back at the eras of Oilers since that wonderous day the Oilers lost in SCFG7 and made us cry for the first time since Grade 6.

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THE WAY I SEE IT: 2011-12 CONFERENCE PICKS

Robin Brownlee
October 03 2011 09:23PM

So, will the Edmonton Oilers snap a five-year drought and make the playoffs again? Or, is it more likely that, coming off back-to-back 30th-place finishes, they'll be a lottery team for a third straight year?

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Why It’s Healthy To Bring Up The Past

Jonathan Willis
October 03 2011 05:37PM

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.

That particular line comes from Winston Churchill, but variants of it are commonplace. Albert Einstein regarded mistakes as a necessary consequence of trying new things; James Joyce saw them as “portals of discovery.” It’s a point of view I agree with entirely: mistakes are inevitable, the trick is to learn from them.

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A WEEK OF WAITING

Jason Gregor
October 03 2011 11:07AM

If you thought the off-season was long, then this week might kill most Oiler fans. The Oilers don't open their season until Sunday, they will be the last team to play a regular season game, with the Jets opening their season a few hours earlier.

The only positive is that it gives Ryan Whitney more time to get healthy. Whitney was on the ice this morning wearing a regular jersey and he was paired with Tom Gilbert. He didn't wince when he pivoted, which is the motion that causes him the most discomfort, but I won't know until after practice if he thinks he might be ready for Sunday.

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