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PROSPECTS TALK

Thirteen of the top prospects in this year’s draft and a host of media had lunch and then did interviews on the roof top of the Empress boat of the Gateway Clipper fleet. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Pittsburgh, but it was incredibly hot and muggy on the roof top. Most of the media members…

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MACGREGOR: THIS YEAR HAS BEEN MORE DIFFICULT

Last year in Minnesota Stu MacGregor said the decision to take Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was an easy one. In 2010, when he chose Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin, he said the same thing, but this year has been much different. I chatted with the Oilers head scout about how different this year’s first overall selection has…

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FTHM IV: RYAN MURRAY

Do the Edmonton Oilers need a mobile, puck-moving defenseman who can log big minutes and be a fixture in their top four for the next decade? Sure they do. Do they need to use the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to acquire that player? No they don’t.

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IN PITTSBURGH: DRAFT AND COACHING

We are 43 hours away from the Oilers calling out the first pick of the draft for the third consecutive year, and while their positioning in the draft is the same, there are many differences surrounding the team this time around. Fans aren’t as excited about this pick, not because he won’t be a great…

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14 AND 93 AIN’T NOTHIN TO FU*K WITH

  Despite the fact that Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were defeated tonight in their bids for glory at the NHL awards we must put this in perspective. The two wonder studs are no joke – and most teams in the league would trade away most of everything for either of them. To have BOTH…

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Mikhail Grigorenko: Why Is He Falling?

Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.

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JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME)

It’s an exciting time for fans of the Edmonton Oilers. Another thrilling draft (‘we’re number one’) means the club will add an outstanding young player to their already bursting roster of exceptional under 23’s. On the other hand, the list of "things to do" at the NHL level before September is once again enormous.