GETTING TO CRUNCH TIME

Jason Gregor
September 28 2010 02:35PM

WIth only three preseason games left, the bubble boys have precious time to try and convince Tom Renney to keep them here or receive, what is most likely a one-way ticket to the OKC. Depending on injuries, most of the remaining cuts won't see the light of Rexall Place again this season, so they need to be at their best Wednesday and Friday.

The reality is that even their best won't be good enough.

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Oilers Send Out Six; Battles Remain

Jonathan Willis
September 27 2010 04:57PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Johan Motin #29 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during a stoppage in play in a preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks on September 19, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

We had been told to expect cuts today, and the Oilers didn’t disappoint, releasing one player and ticketing five others for Oklahoma City.

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Actual NHL Players

Lowetide
September 27 2010 07:31AM

This is Bob Nystrom. A strong, violent winger in the Western League, he didn't have NHL speed but the Islanders took him anyway. After a cup of coffee at the end of his rookie pro season, Nystrom found himself taking an unusual step on his journey to the National Hockey League.

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LINE COMBOS AND POST GAME WRAP

Jason Gregor
September 26 2010 11:25PM

At this pace it's going to be difficult for fans not to raise their expectations once the real season starts. The Oilers improved to 3-0 in the preseason with a  win over the Canucks, and for the second straight game one of the young guns led the way.

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A Look Back At The 2009-10 Preseason

Jonathan Willis
September 26 2010 05:06PM

Apr 11, 2010 - Anaheim, California, USA - Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, left, controls the puck from Edmonton Oilers' center Patrick O'Sullivan during the second period an NHL Hockey game at Honda Center.

Every year, fans starved for high quality hockey flock to the NHL preseason. Coaches and managers watch the games, and the performance of individual players can have a big impact on whether or not they start in the minors or on the big league roster.

And to be fair, it’s a fun exercise. The reality, though, is that a handful of games against competition that varies from wildly underpowered to nearly NHL calibre is a very poor gauge of player performance. We don’t need to do much more than look at last season’s Oilers to see that.

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