Edmonton Oilers 12-13 Preview: Improvement is Inevitable. Right?

Jonathan Willis
August 27 2012 11:08AM

Oilers select first overall at the 2011 Draft (Bri Weldon/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0)

The model was clear enough when the Oilers first decided they were going to make the best of a bad situation midway through 2009-10: having found themselves rather good at losing, the team would keep right on doing it, earning a bunch of top draft picks. With that nucleus of young talent, some patience, and some shrewd rebuilding, the Oilers core would be good enough when the team finally rebounded that they could contend for years.

2011-12 – judging by the statements of Oilers executives, the shift in tactics by (and end of season departure of) head coach Tom Renney – was supposed to be the start of the return to respectability. Instead, the Oilers picked first overall again. Is 2012-13 the year the team starts putting some distance between themselves and the NHL basement?

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BLUES CLUES

Lowetide
August 27 2012 08:13AM

In the classic version of Blues Clues, Steve (in photo) solved world issues using his brain, his handy dandy notebook and his sidekick Blue. The Oilers "Steve" has been working on Blues Clues since arriving, building from the ground up. How does the blue depth chart look today?

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KEEPERS!

Lowetide
August 26 2012 11:32AM

For the first time in memory, the Oilers "goalie of the future" is the incumbent NHL #1, Devan Dubnyk. In this look at the organization's goalies, the major question is this: do the Oilers have another NHL goalie in their system?

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Is the Oilers’ front office top heavy?

Jonathan Willis
August 26 2012 10:29AM

They have a president, senior vice president and director of hockey operations. They have a general manager and an assistant general manager. On top of that, there is a director and senior director of player development, a head scout, and a farm team with its own general manager.

Is there a fear of too many cooks in the Oilers’ front office kitchen?

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THE COURAGE FOR THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Lowetide
August 25 2012 05:32AM

First time I saw Shawn Horcoff was fall 2000, one dozen years ago. It was a pre-season game, he marked his man at center ice after a turnover and shadowed him down the ice, tied up his stick as a perfect pass came flying through the slot and rode the man out the scoring area. Textbook from a rookie, music!

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