What Happens When Ryan Jones Returns?

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2013 10:04AM

The Oilers – barring another injury of some sort – face a difficult decision when Ryan Jones returns to the team, something that could happen very quickly. Who goes to make room for him on the roster?

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2013 DRAFT TAKES: TOP 15 (OILERS PICK INSIDE!)

Lowetide
February 20 2013 05:14PM

Russian Valeri Nichushkin is the big climber in our third look at this year's top draft eligibles, and we're far enough into the season to list the top 15. What does that mean? We can project the Oilers 'draft window' and what might be available. Top 15 after the jump.

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See What You Want In These Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2013 01:45PM

What order the wins and losses came in really doesn’t matter. The Oilers went 4-2-1 in January, and optimism abounded; so far they’ve gone 2-4-2 in February and consequently optimism is in short supply. What matters is that the team is 6-6-3 on the season, sits 11th in the Western Conference, and is just one win out of either the final playoff spot or second-last.

And that means whatever viewpoint one subscribes to – the ‘yes, they’ll make the playoffs’ or ‘Draft Lottery IV: This Time It’s Personal’, there’s something there to back it.

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ABOUT THAT FAST START . . .

Robin Brownlee
February 20 2013 12:09AM

With 33 games remaining in this shortened 48-game NHL season it's premature for those of us who thought (or hoped) the Edmonton Oilers had an opportunity to make the playoffs to write-off their post-season chances for a seventh straight season, but those so inclined might want to get started.

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SOUND AND VISION

Lowetide
February 19 2013 11:01PM

Nikolai Khabibulin's start tonight signals the annual "whos coming and who's going?" showcase period leading up to the trade deadline. Although this year's deadline is April 3, chances are we'll see a few March deals as teams try to address need early to stay in the race.

We don't know if the Oilers will be buyers or sellers, but we can identify possible areas to address and some players who might be headed out of town.

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