A balanced top-six

Jonathan Willis
August 23 2013 07:55AM

I’m starting to wonder if the arrangement used for most of last season, one that saw the Oilers’ top line loaded up with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, was the best use of the team’s personnel.

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Jason Gregor
August 22 2013 11:37AM

The CEO for Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson said, “By my count, I’m at 11. It’s never been that low. The number has always been higher," in Mark Spector's story yesterday, when responding to the question of how many players are locks to make the Canadian Olympic team.

If Nicholson is correct, that leaves 12 spots open, and two "extras". The roster has been expanded from 23 to 25, but I was told a few weeks ago that the players holding down the 24th and 25th spots will be told they are going to Sochi as extras, unless they run into injury problems.

So who are the 11 players that are locks to make the team?

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August 22 2013 09:12AM


I had a fascinating conversation with a buddy yesterday. The basic thrust went like this: buddy suggested that part of the development problem in Edmonton for the forward prospects was lack of room with the big club. He suggested that Teemu Hartikainen and Linus Omark would still be here if there were fewer Hall's, Eberle's, Yakupov's and Hemsky's. He further suggested that the Oilers current hopefuls had no chance to make it, and used the 1979-88 Oilers as an example of what happens when there's so much quality at the top. 

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Jason Gregor
August 21 2013 12:11PM

Last November, Brandon Davidson received news that no young man wants to hear. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The former Regina Pat, and 2010 sixth round pick of the Oilers was devastated, but he didn't let it defeat him. Nine months later Davidson is feeling great, and I spoke with him about his ordeal, and how it has changed him.

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2013-14 Pacific Division: Projected Standings

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2013 09:45AM

Over the last few weeks we’ve looked at the Edmonton Oilers’ new division. Now the pivotal question: will they snag one of the four playoff spots in this group?

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