2013 DRAFT TAKES (EARLY EDITION)

Lowetide
January 29 2013 05:18PM

Redline Report draft guru Kyle Woodlief says the 2013 entry draft is so deep there are players ranked in the mid-40s this season who would have been well inside the first round just a year ago. Perhaps Steve Tambellini knew what he was doing when asking for a 2013 pick in exchange for Andrew Cogliano a couple of years ago.

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WHEN DO YOU PLAY KHABIBULIN?

Jason Gregor
January 29 2013 11:30AM

The Oilers have placed Yann Danis on waivers, because Nikolai Khabibulin has declared he is ready to play.

The big question is when do you play Khabibulin?

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A lot of work for an ugly goal

Jonathan Willis
January 29 2013 08:37AM

Last night, the Oilers' third goal - like all their goals - came on the power play, but it was pretty ugly. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fired a slap pass that was redirected by Taylor Hall and then redirected by Shawn Horcoff past Semyon Varlamov in the Avalanche net.

The whole shift leading up to the goal was an interesting one.

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PP AND GOALTENDING=WIN

Jason Gregor
January 28 2013 11:45PM

Their powerplay gave them a 3-0 lead, but then the Oilers relied on Devan Dubnyk's 35 saves in the final 40 minutes to preserve the 4-1 victory.

The Oilers played their best first period of the season. They stayed out of the penalty box and applied consistent pressure in the offensive zone at EV strength forcing the Avalanche to take three first-period penalties.

Then their powerplay took over.

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GDB 05: NEED EV SCORING

Jason Gregor
January 28 2013 01:14PM

In four games the Edmonton Oilers have a whopping two goals while playing 5-on-5. Jordan Eberle scored one v. Vancouver and Taylor Hall potted the other against the Sharks. NHL.com says they have four goals at EV, but two of them came with an extra skater in the final five seconds of the game, Nail Yakupov v. LA and Sam Gagner v. Calgary, so to me those are 6-on-5 goals and come with an EV asterisk.

The Oilers have played almost 165 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey and they have a paltry two goals, and to make matters worse they've given up nine at even strength.

If the Oilers are going to stay competitive in the western conference they need to start scoring at EV, and their top line needs to produce more.

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