FINALLY, PATIENCE MAKES SENSE

Robin Brownlee
August 23 2015 12:00PM

patience

The Edmonton Oilers have been making promises and preaching patience for so long, eye-rolling revulsion at the cheque-is-in-the-mail pitch coming out of hockey operations has almost become a gag reflex with fans. With good reason.

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OILERS EXPANSION DRAFT PROTECTED LIST (2016)

Lowetide
August 23 2015 09:54AM

davidson ferguson

I get a few requests each month to write (don't worry, I get a lot requesting NOT writing too) on specfic subjects. The MOST requested item this summer? Expansion draft protected list. Why have I resisted? Well, it's a pain in the pain in the ass. That said, I've made the list and the Oilers don't have a lot to worry over. Honest.

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CAMPING!

Lowetide
August 22 2015 08:53PM


The Edmonton Oilers aren't far away from announcing their rookie camp roster and soon after it'll be the real one. And then? Music! Skates cutting ice, errant passes, goals from center ic---well, you get the idea. Who's coming camping?

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Todd McLellan and the Oilers' Penalty Kill

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2015 12:01PM

Defensive mess

The penalty kill is one of those areas that can make or break a hockey team. Edmonton finished minus-47 while down a man a year ago and really fell apart late in the year. What can we expect from this coming season?

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Learning from the San Jose Sharks’ Power Play

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2015 04:22PM

Todd McLellan2

It’s easy to think of a power play a little bit like a chess game. The players gain the zone through a carefully planned entry, setup and then create scoring chances through clever puck movement and intelligent positioning.

The problem with the chess analogy is that it’s too slow, too static, too built on patiently creating the right opening. As the San Jose Sharks have shown over the last few years, successful power plays are anything but patient.

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