The Summer of Ugly Jerseys

Jonathan Willis
September 07 2013 08:54AM

I remember being slightly disappointed when the Dallas Stars unveiled their new sweaters back in June. At the time there was no way I could know that compared to the other jersey unveilings to come this summer they’d look awfully good.

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"MORE ROBOTS, MORE KILLING!"

Lowetide
September 06 2013 07:45PM

In the 2010 young stars tournament, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and others impressed us and breathed life into a sinking franchise. Do you remember what we said about those young men (and the other kids) that summer?

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Tom Gilbert (and other UFA's) possibly Europe-bound

Jonathan Willis
September 06 2013 06:00PM

According to Jim Matheson, unrestricted free agent defenceman (and former Oiler) Tom Gilbert might end up signing in Switzerland for this coming season. It’s an odd move in a summer of oddities.

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Young Stars Tournament Day One: Oilers Disorganized

Kevin McCartney
September 06 2013 03:22PM

Photo by Darren Kirby 

The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They're judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

Calgary had an impressive showing throughout the game, and it would be hard to imagine a more one-sided game through the first two periods. The Oilers struggled in transition and rarely created chances in the offensive end. Meanwhile, they failed to contain the Flames’ offence, and when Calgary wasn’t running a half-ice clinic, their transition chances seemed to be frequently of the 5-alarm variety.

In a prospect tournament, we’re primed to imagine the difference in team quality as being related to personnel. No doubt, many of the Oiler forwards looked out of place in the game. But in fact, the Oilers team struggles were very clearly linked to a single position – centre. Below we'll review the game and the Oilers' players.

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TRAINING CAMP SHOULD HELP THE OILERS

Jason Gregor
September 06 2013 10:42AM

That was the Oilers 2012/2013 depth chart heading into an abbreviated training camp last January. Fast forward nine months, and you'll notice that 11 of those players won't be on the ice next Thursday when the Oilers open their 2013/2014 training camp.

There will also be a new head coach running a new system, but unlike last year when Ralph Krueger took over, Dallas Eakins will have the luxury of a complete training camp and preseason schedule to implement his system.

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