Track Record: Acquiring Players Outside The Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2011 11:20PM

I think it is fair to say that the majority of Oilers fans have been thrilled with the team’s performance at the draft table. Taylor Hall might be the headliner, but the ensemble of young players the Oilers have collected the last few years stacks up well against most anyone in the league.

Away from the draft table, the results have been less impressive. A glance at the Oilers roster reveals an assortment of players acquired by other means, and for the most part it is not a list that inspires one with confidence.

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Marchant Retires, Along With Other Stories

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2011 07:08PM

Former Oiler Todd Marchant announced his retirement earlier today. After more than 1000 games in the best league in the world, Marchant will move directly into the position of Director of Player Development for the Anaheim Ducks.

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OILERS NOT IN THE MARKET

Jason Gregor
June 29 2011 11:25AM

Some days it  sucks being a fan of a back-to-back 30th place team, okay most days it does. You keep wanting, hoping and praying that your team will improve, but in reality you know it will be a few more years before you can actually draft one of them in your playoff draft.

I'm guessing it becomes a real drag around July 1st when you know that your team likely won't be making any significant signings, and you are destined to watch another season without playoffs.

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Belated (And Positive!) Weekend Thoughts

Jonathan Willis
June 28 2011 07:31PM

With Brownlee and Gregor unleashing a torrent of material from their time at the draft, and Lowetide turning out his usual quality, I was given the opportunity to take the weekend off and enjoy the record levels of rainfall in British Columbia.

Still, I did want to take the time to reflect on what was a pretty good weekend for the Oilers.

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Oiler Rookies 11-12 (Forwards)

Lowetide
June 28 2011 06:59PM

A year ago, there was already a buzz in the streets of Edmonton. Taylor, Jordan and Magnum PS brought with them the promise of youth and Oilers Nation was reborn. What can they do for an encore? 

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