Jason Gregor
August 19 2013 01:05PM

Does the month you are born in give you a better chance to play in the NHL? In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell wrote the book, Outliers, which focused on different factors that might influence people's success. It looked at the Beatles, Bill Gates, law firms and other successful companies and people. He also wrote on why the majority of NHL hockey players were born in the first three months of the year.

He often mentioned the "10,000 hour" rule as the key to anyone's success. He wrote that most people who reach high levels of success put in at least 10,000 hours of practice before gaining success. That premise makes a lot of sense, but after reading his book, I questioned if the birth month numbers matched today's NHL.

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August 19 2013 12:00PM


There are plenty of current Oilers on the 50-man list who are going to be set free next spring and summer--maybe a few before then. It's time to put up or shut up for several prospects and NHL players, here's a look at the group and what they'll have to accomplish this coming season.  

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2013-14 Division Rivals: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2013 09:58AM

The Calgary Flames appear to be rebuilding. After resisting the urge for years, the team sold off high-priced talent at the 2013 Deadline, and barring something extraordinary the club appears destined for the NHL cellar next season. How do they compare to the Oilers?

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August 18 2013 01:24PM


During the 2010-11 season, the Detroit Red Wings employed 37 players with their AHL club (Grand Rapids). It's interesting to look at the makeup of those 35 players--prospects, AHL veterans--suspects--and compare that group to the bunch Edmonton sent to Oklahoma City same year. Does it offer us some clues about how Detroit develops their players? 

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2013-14 Division Rivals: Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Jonathan Willis
August 18 2013 09:21AM

Shane Doan is an absolute bulldozer - at least when he’s plowing into the numbers of a guy without the puck.

How does the team he captains compare to Edmonton?

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