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2012 NHL Draft Top 100 – June Update: Yakupov is Unanimous

Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikimedia Commons Aside from Mathew Dumba’s leapfrog of Mikhail Grigorenko, the top 12 in our consensus list remained the same.  Nail Yakupov has gone from the strong consensus #1 to the unanimous #1 and Filip Forsberg has lengthened his lead on Alex Galchenyuk, but the list has held steady. The…

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MACTAVISH RETURNS: BET ON A NEWBIE?

I’m not the least bit surprised Craig MacTavish had found his way back to the Edmonton Oilers, even if it’s as senior vice-president of hockey operations instead of behind the bench as coach, his first calling.

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RYAN MURRAY: READY FOR THE NHL

Ryan Murray has already played three full seasons in the WHL, and in eleven days he’ll be one of the first five players selected in the 2012 NHL entry draft. He played for Canada at the World Championships this past spring, and he didn’t look out of place amongst the NHLers that filled out the…

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Nation Radio – June 9, 2012

Might the Oilers pass on Yakupov and Grigorenko to select defenseman Ryan Murray? Before you know it, it’ll be draft day and hockey fans across the country are wondering: who will the Oilers select with the first overall pick? Will Lowe, Tambellini and company select speedy winger Nail Yakupov or highly touted centre Mikhail Grigorenko…

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HEAVENLY BLUE

The truth is I don’t think about it anymore. The spring of opponents’ sorties handled expertly, the human rake with the enormous calm feet and the boys of winter winning deep into spring. I do retain one beautiful memory from that spring: the heavenly blue.

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SPITBALLING ON A RAINY DAY

Retired tough guy Georges Laraque is publicly pitching a return to the NHL, which is something I told you was coming back on April 1, and you can bet he will be running that idea – probably already has — past the Edmonton Oilers. From Jim Matheson’s Hockey World in The Edmonton Journal today: "I…

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THE GRADUATES

It’s a famous scene even in Lego Land, a young man graduates into the complicated world of adulthood. For a few Oklahoma City Barons, graduation day came this spring and next stop is the NHL. How many kids will graduate this year? Maybe more than it would first appear.

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Should the Oilers pursue Guillaume Latendresse?

One of the Oilers’ top perceived needs is a big power forward who can play on a skill line while adding size and some crash and bang. In a perfect world, that player would be young enough to fit in with the team’s current core of young players, and not cost an arm and a…