CATCHING UP WITH MCSORLEY

Jason Gregor
May 03 2013 03:45PM

Marty McSorley was in Edmonton this past weekend for the Face Off for Alzheimers Pro Am. He's still a huge fan favourite, as he went first overall in the draft. I had a long chat with Marty at the draft about a variety of topics, and then he came on my radio show to discuss suspensions, intimidation, playing tough and how players learn to compete at the NHL level.

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Edmonton Oilers: Shots vs. scoring chances

Jonathan Willis
May 03 2013 09:04AM

Up front, three forwards separated themselves from the pack in both their ability to out-shoot and out-chance the opposition; on the back end one defenceman is well clear of the pack in those same metrics.

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NATION PROFILE: JASON SMITH

Lowetide
May 03 2013 06:32AM

 

Photo: Mark6mauno

Jason Smith arrived in a trade from Toronto (a 2nd and a 4th) in 1999, his third team in three seasons. An under the radar transaction led to a perfect fit for player and team that culminated in the "C" and a long Stanley run. It was the best of times. 

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2013 DRAFT TAKES: POSSIBLE OILERS

Lowetide
May 02 2013 09:35PM

There's a chance that the "top level" forwards will be gone by the time Stu MacGregor and the Edmonton Oilers step to the podium at the 2013 draft. If so, where do they go? Reach for a lesser forward? Pick a defenseman (like Darnell Nurse, in video)? Trade down?

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IMPROVING THE "D" IS THE KEY

Jason Gregor
May 02 2013 09:52AM

No one does better Stanley Cup montages than CBC. The energy inside the arena during a playoff game is one of the best sporting experiences a fan/media can have. It is electric, and CBC's opening montage illustrated it perfectly. I defy you to watch that and not yearn to be at a game. The seven-year drought gets older by the second, especially when you watch that video and are reminded how awesome the energy, atmosphere and pass of playoff games are.

If the Oilers are ever going to return to the wonderland known as playoffs, they will need to upgrade their blueline. That must be priority number one for Craig MacTavish this summer.

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