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OILERS DRAFT TRIVIA

This is Alexei Mikhnov. A dozen years ago the internet was alive with tales of "Traktor Boy" playing in near darkness and Oilers scout Kenta Nilsson nudging his SAAB alongside the outdoor rink to get a better view of the power and the glory. Edmonton’s draft history is rich and bountiful in some places and…

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How Much Offense Did Yakupov’s Knee Injury Cost Him?

When we hear about Nail Yakupov’s injury, normally we’re talking about the concussion that put him out of Sarnia’s lineup in March. The 2012 Draft’s top prospect also suffered a knee injury at the World Juniors, and that injury may have given us a warped picture of his true level of offensive ability.

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ONE LUMP OR TWO?

We’ve been staring at the Oilers defense for what seems like decades. Six men who do the tough work every game, keeping themselves between the puck and their goalie. It’s a tough job in any sport, but hockey decided to make these poor men do it on skates and at lightning speed. How many "actual…

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MAC DADDY IN THE BUILDING

It seems as though the 2009 FMNF movement has taken a crippling shot to the beans with former Head Coach Craig MacTavish returning to the Oilers as the "Senior Director of VP of the Hockey Operations and Tambellini creeping." 

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Should the Edmonton Oilers talk to San Jose about Douglas Murray?

San Jose is in an interesting situation this summer. They recently acquired the rights to Brad Stuart from Detroit and are expected to sign him in the near future. With Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic populating the other three spots in their top-four, speculation has it that tough as nails rearguard Douglas Murray…

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MIXED BAG

In a bitter twist of irony, the same week that the Oilers bring Craig MacTavish back into the fold, former Oilers Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene hoisted the Cup as members of the Los Angeles Kings. When the Oilers dealt Stoll and Greene to LA for Lubomir Visnovsky, MacTavish agreed with the decision, but yesterday…

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When will the Oilers become Kings?

After watching the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup Monday night I had to take a good look at how they got there. It didn’t happen over night. Was it good drafting, free agents or luck that got them to the top of the NHL? It turns out it was all the above!

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NO LONGER WILL THE WRONG ROADS BE TAKEN

I think we’re all pretty much agreed on the shopping list for the Edmonton Oilers this summer: don’t screw up the draft, grab a defenseman and maybe a goalie when no one is looking. Oh, yeah. One more thing. a 2-way forward with or without crust.

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2012 SCF Lessons: Jonathan Quick – Build from the net out?

We see it every year: teams, media and fans looking at the Stanley Cup champion and trying to determine what lessons should be learned from the team. This year, goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Should that indicate that a franchise goaltender is what every team needs to target?