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It’s time to raise the age of draft eligible players

With the draft rapidly approaching, managers league wide are huddling with their scouts trying to put together a draft list that will fill their teams up with talent for years to come. They look at each player and try to project what he will become in two, five or ten years’ time.

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GOOD SMYTH, BAD TAMBO, GREAT DRAFT PARTY

  Last offseason Ryan Smyth made it known he wanted to be traded from the LA Kings to the team where it all began – our beloved Edmonton Oilers. Daryl "Kay-Z" Katz got personally involved to make his wish a reality, telling Smyth that if he came back to Edmonton he would remain an Oiler for…

The Edmonton Oilers Professional Scouting Staff

The Oilers’ professional scouting staff monitor and report on players in both the NHL and AHL. Their recommendations carry weight in Edmonton’s front office, and help general manager Steve Tambellini to make decisions on personnel moves, from free agency to the trade market. They’re also a group we don’t typically spend a lot of time…

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YAKUPOV: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The old saying is you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If that’s true, Nail Yakupov did considerably better in his audition in front of reporters at Rexall Place today than I did with him. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to take another swing at it after June 22.

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WEEKEND WRAP: OILERS DOWN TO FIVE

Nail Yakupov arrived in town last night and since leaving EIA he’s had a hectic schedule meeting with Oilers management, touring the dressing room, getting checked over by doctors and meeting Daryl Katz. Yakupov is a legit 5’11". I stood beside him in this media scrum, and he’s one of the few players under six…

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Nail Yakupov: in his own words

You may or you may not have read my story on Nail Yakupov in The Hockey News. Well, the thing is, they only gave me 1300 words to work with. So I was left with an immense amount of quotes I didn’t use in the article. I piled them all together so you’d get an…

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The Skill Positions

The Edmonton Oilers future is fast, furious and spectacular. At this point it’s not a matter of "if" they’ll contend for a spot near the top of the conference, but "when" they’ll put it together. The gathering of jacks and kings has given Edmonton a tremendous amount of skill. Do they have enough high end…

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Nation Radio – June 2, 2012

Mikhail Grigorenko at the NHL Draft Combine late last week. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press The NHL Draft is rapidly approaching, and with the top-prospects in Toronto for the Draft Combine last week, excitement about the event is beginning to crest (especially in Edmonton). Between the upcoming draft, the hiring of Bob Hartley in Calgary, and…

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ECHOES DOWN THE CANYON

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?

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

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?