ECHOES DOWN THE CANYON

Lowetide
June 03 2012 09:27AM

Nail Yakupov arrives in Edmonton today to sunshine, blue skies and Jim Matheson talking about the Oilers taking RyanMurray #1 overall! The story writes itself!

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WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?

Robin Brownlee
June 02 2012 10:00AM

The odds of it happening are about as likely as me ending up on the cover of GQ Magazine, but I can't help but wonder if there's a way that the Edmonton Oilers could come away from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft with Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting.

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THREE WEEKS FROM NAILING IT

Lowetide
June 02 2012 07:21AM

Steve Tambellini put it out there yesterday: in order for Edmonton to give up the first overall pick it would have to be a "significant proposal" from another NHL team. What would it look like?

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HOME TURF

Jason Gregor
June 01 2012 10:52AM

Home field, home ice or home floor usually indicates some sort of advantage. It clearly isn't that important to the Los Angeles Kings this postseason, but there is usually some extra comfort in our home surroundings.

In the next few weeks the Oilers will introduce a few of this year's top prospects to the city of Edmonton, but mostly they will try and find out as much as they can about these kids. Nail Yakupov will be coming to Edmonton this Sunday for an interview, and some others will be in town soon after.

The Oilers did this in 2010 with Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. It makes sense. Doing interview after interview at the combine can be tiring and stressful for these kids, and in many cases the interviews are rigid. Having Yakupov and a few others come to town allows the Oilers to get to know these kids a bit better, as well as introduce them to the city.

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Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss talks Edmonton, Oil Kings, and profanity

Andrey Osadchenko
June 01 2012 09:04AM

Nation Network correspondent Andrey Osadchenko caught up with recently signed prospect Kristians Pelss, and talked to him about playing in Edmonton, signing with the Oilers, and what it's like to be a Latvian hockey player trying to make the NHL.

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