HERE'S YOUR HAT, WHAT'S YOUR HURRY?

Lowetide
August 13 2013 11:20AM

On the day of his 30th birthday, Ales Hemsky remains a divisive figure in Oilers history--some of us consider him the de facto 'player of the decade" for the 2000's team while others consider him soft and an underperformer. Here's one fan's view of the situation.

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2013-14 Division Rivals: Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks

Jonathan Willis
August 13 2013 09:26AM

Our stroll through Edmonton's new division continues today with a look at the Vancouver Canucks.

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HEY! YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR!

Lowetide
August 12 2013 10:24AM

 

Each year, I look for the best minor league players (by position) with an eye toward future NHLers who are possibly under the radar. The lockout made 'under the radar' impossible, but there are true gems on this list and all six players this season could end up being legit NHL players. 

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2013-14 Division Rivals: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

Jonathan Willis
August 12 2013 08:31AM

The Edmonton Oilers have moved to the new Pacific Division, and with the summer free agent splurge all but over it’s a good time to see how they stack up against their rivals. We start with the Anaheim Ducks, who with 66 points last season would have led all teams in the new division.

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A WORK IN PROGRESS

Lowetide
August 11 2013 02:59PM

For most of the summer, Oiler fans have been watching Craig MacTavish "build up the middle." A club with so much talent on the wing, and in clear need of an upgrade at G, D and C, would seem to have an obvious 'To Do' list--and for the most part new GM Craig MacTavish has followed the script.

However, the center position remains about the same; with Boyd Gordon replacing Shawn Horcoff, the Edmonton Oilers remain a team without true NHL quality and depth at the position. If the Nuge can't play right away, the club will have to move Taylor Hall over from the wing, weakening an impressive left flank.

We've talked and talked about free agent solutions, but that arena of summer appears to be closed for the Oilers. How then will Craig MacTavish improve center ice? Perhaps we can learn something from his recent past.

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