Andrej Sekera & the virtues of offensive zone possession

Jonathan Willis
January 28 2016 07:00AM


Since we’re in a lengthy break from Oilers hockey, I was going over my notes from recent games and caught a play I flagged from Edmonton’s 2-1 shootout loss to San Jose two weeks back. It’s a relatively small one, but shows some of the subtlety in Andrej Sekera’s game, so it’s worth looking at.

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January 27 2016 04:21PM

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Remember that time you signed up for the free Kentwood Ford Draft at Remember, how you had a chance to win a two-year lease on a brand new Ford Escape just for picking players out of magic boxes? Yeah, that was sweet. I'm totally gonna win this thing... *checks standings* DAMMIT!

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Around the NHL...

Jason Gregor
January 27 2016 02:23PM


Upon completion of tonight's four games the NHL will reach the 60% mark of the season (740 of 1230 games) as they head into the All-Star break. It is interesting to see which teams have improved as the season has progressed, and which ones have fallen back after a decent start.

The Oilers have been near the bottom of the standings all season, although since November 26th they have improved averaging a .500 point percentage. I choose this date because Montreal Canadiens fans woke up that morning knowing they would be without the reigning MVP, Carey Price, and I'm sure none of them expected their team would drop from first place to 20th place in a span of two months.

The Habs picked up five points in the first three games without Price, but they've only managed eleven in their last 23 games. That is last place hockey and the Canadiens are on their way to one of the most epic collapses in NHL history.

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Edmonton Oilers claim Adam Clendening off waivers

Jonathan Willis
January 27 2016 10:15AM

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Well, how about that. The Oilers have made a waiver claim. Right-shooting defenceman Adam Clendening, most recently of the Anaheim Ducks, is now property of Edmonton. 

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WWYDW: Trade Deadline Strategy Revisited

Jonathan Willis
January 27 2016 07:00AM

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Back in mid-December, we discussed in general terms whether the Oilers should be buyers, sellers, or pursue some sort of hybrid approach at this year’s trade deadline.

We’re now almost exactly a month away from deadline day. Since last year the trading started in earnest at right around this point it’s worth considering in more detail what the Oilers should do.

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