TAYLOR HALL, OFF TO MARS

Lowetide
September 10 2013 05:47PM

 

To hear some people talk, Taylor Hall's move from wing to center is a radical thing, something that should be avoided at all costs, mistrusted. Folks, this isn't handing lead guitar to Bill Wyman, Taylor Hall can play. There's every chance he'll do well in the middle. The more interesting question is this: should he stay at center if it works? 

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Accelerating the defensive rebuild

Jonathan Willis
September 10 2013 02:30PM

The Oilers’ rebuild has hit on a basic problem. The top end of the forward group is made up of NHL difference-makers, players ready or very nearly ready to contribute to a contending team. The top end of the defence corps is still very much a work in progress.

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Young Stars Tournament: Oilers show structure in final game

Kevin McCartney
September 10 2013 08:38AM

The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They're judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

The Oilers played their final game of the tournament against a stripped-down Canucks team that put Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, and Jordan Subban in the seats next to me. Though losing every game of the tournament by a combined score of 17-6, a few players had statement games to distance themselves from the train wreck. The team also made their intended system much more clear in this game, returning to a two-man forecheck, tight gaps in transition, and centre playing below the defencemen in the defensive end.

With Eakins talking about an aggressive system to get the puck back at the NHL level, we can speculate about whether the young prospects were being taught a stripped-down version. Khaira did much better with the system this game, chasing less across the zone and staying in the middle, while Roy and Schaber continued to excel in the defensive aspects of the game. So long as Ewanyk doesn’t make the NHL squad, the system might even work. Let’s dig into the game.

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CAMP PRIMER: THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
September 09 2013 08:06PM

Aside from when, exactly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be ready to return to action from shoulder surgery, there isn’t a whole of intrigue to contemplate going into 2013 edition of training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, is there?

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BRIAN SUTHERBY JOINS THE NATION NETWORK

Wanye
September 09 2013 12:37PM

 

As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.

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