FIRST BLUSH 2012

Lowetide
May 02 2012 08:18PM

Months are giving way to weeks and eventually weeks will fade into days. The 2012 Entry draft--with the Edmonton Oilers once again at the bow. Ironically, it's the rear end that's likely to get a lot of attention.

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Edmonton Oilers defensemen: the flood is coming

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2012 04:40PM

One of the Oilers’ most glaring weaknesses in recent years has been their defensive corps. However, at the AHL level the Oilers are facing a flood of prospects – and some will either get lost in the mix, or end up leaving for nothing if the Oilers’ choose not to sign them.

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RYAN SMYTH: TIME AND MONEY

Robin Brownlee
May 02 2012 11:25AM

Time and money. Wouldn't all of us like to have more of both? I certainly would, and I'm guessing Ryan Smyth feels the same way. That's why it's far from a slam-dunk Smyth ends up re-signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Free Agents: Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2012 08:41AM

Ryan Smyth’s return to the Edmonton Oilers basically took place in three parts. At the start, fans in Edmonton were thrilled when the rumours first surfaced, more thrilled when they realized the cost for Smyth was just Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick. Early in 2011-12 Smyth flourished, scoring 12 times in his first 25 games with the team, and the jubilation persisted. Unfortunately, the scoring disappeared in December and never returned, raising questions about his future with the team.

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Edmonton Oilers Sign Kristians Pelss

Jonathan Willis
May 01 2012 10:45AM

As per the Oilers’ official website, prospect Kristians Pelss has agreed to terms with the team on a three-year entry-level deal.

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