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22 MILLION RESULTS FOR ‘DILLON SIMPSON SHOT-BLOCKING’

Dillon Simpson’s progress from freshman through senior at North Dakota has been impressive. The Oilers draft choice will graduate this spring as a complete defenseman and a top pairing player for UND.  Where will he fit in with the Oilers? How long will it take for him to be NHL ready?

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Martin Marincin good, too much else bad

  Martin Marincin continues to impress just over 100 games into his professional career. He was asked to take on heavy minutes in the Oilers’ 4-3 loss to Phoenix on Friday, and unlike so many others on the team he didn’t disappoint. 

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POWER PLAY

In recent days some Oiler fans have expressed that Aaron Ekblad’s offensive numbers are similar or superior to those of Darnell Nurse in his draft year. Is this true?

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GDB 53.0: HOME COOKING…BAD

The Oilers have played 23 home games. They have only won eight of them. Last year they won 9 of 24 home games.  The last season the Oilers and their fans left Rexall place in a good mood more often than a bad one was in 2007/2008 when the Oilers won 23 of 41 home…

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GLAD FOR EKBLAD

If the Edmonton Oilers don’t trade their first round pick in 2014, there’s a very good chance they’ll select Aaron Ekblad. The Buffalo Sabres are loaded with young defensemen and are likely to take a forward, and Edmonton looks like a good bet to finish 29th or 30th overall. Unless another team wins the lottery,…

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KIDS AREN’T GOING TO SOLVE EDMONTON’S DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS

Going back at least as far as the day the Edmonton Oilers drafted Sam Gagner, fans of the team have been taught to place their reliance in young up-and-comers.  It is an easy mindset to fall into on defence, where the problems are many and top prospect Aaron Ekblad may join an already strong prospect group…

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Comparing Coaches

Coaching has been an oft-discussed potential reason for the Edmonton Oilers’ collapse this season. While nobody claims that it is coaching and coaching alone that has the Oilers where they are, some wonder whether general manager Craig MacTavish didn’t make a mistake when he chose Dallas Eakins to replace Ralph Krueger. How does Eakins’ team…

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Maybe Forty Is Good Enough

  The Edmonton Oilers fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Canucks held the edge in play and in scoring chances, particularly at even-strength. The Oilers kept the score close but could generate almost nothing offensively when the top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle were off the ice. …

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BRING BACK HARSKI?

  We’re at a point in the season where we can safely begin looking forward to summer activities. The procurement of players to help win hockey games in 2014-15 has to be on the mind of management. One internal option for the Oilers this off-season: bringing back the Finn!  Harski’s winter in the land of…

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GDB 52.0: MATCHING INTENSITY

  John Tortorella is on third day of his 15 day suspension, but tonight is the first game he’ll miss as head coach of the Canucks. It is too early to tell how the Canucks will react to 15 days without their fiery coach. You have to believe the Canucks will bring a lot energy…