Why Columbus is a great trading partner for Edmonton

Jonathan Willis
June 02 2013 11:33AM

There probably isn’t a team in the NHL that is a more logical trading partner for the Edmonton Oilers than the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lots of draft picks? Check. Good players on iffy contracts that could be dealt? Check. Strength on defence? Check. Executives with knowledge of the team? Check. All the ingredients are in place.

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June 01 2013 02:24PM

The Edmonton Oilers actual draft list is unavailable to us, but the organization does give us 'clues' leading up to each season's entry draft. If you're really interested in knowing the players Edmonton may select this summer, a little digging could go a long way.

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San Jose Sharks looking to trade Martin Havlat?

Jonathan Willis
June 01 2013 09:59AM

With San Jose making their playoff exit on Tuesday, focus has now shifted to the team’s off-season aims. One of them: dealing away veteran winger Martin Havlat.

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Video Highlights: Anton Belov

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2013 10:37AM

Steve Dangle of Leafs Nation spent part of his time during the lockout doing KHL highlights in English for the North American audience, and reminded me there was a bunch of Anton Belov video there. The hit above earned Belov a minor penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.

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Jason Gregor
May 31 2013 08:43AM

It is hard to find a lot of information on the newest member of the Edmonton Oilers, Anton Belov, but this video shows he knows how to score.

Belov turns 27 in July, stands 6'4" and weighs 215 pounds. He's played in Russia his entire life. He played his first four years of pro hockey with CSKA Moscow, and he's spent the past five seasons playing for Omsk Avangard in the KHL. He's coming off his best offensive season, 9 goals and 26 points in 46 games, but prior to that he'd never scored more than 4 goals or 14 points.

I tracked down Dmirty Chesnokov, a Russian reporter who covers the NHL and KHL to get a quick scouting report on Belov.

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