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Learning to process the NHL game

Is Darnell Nurse ready for the NHL? At this point no one can say for sure. He will be given every opportunity to make the Oilers during the preseason, and possibly for a few regular season games, but I still don’t believe 12-14 games is enough time to know to make a proper assessment. Determining…

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A BIG YEAR FOR ROOKIES?

A year ago, I wrote “I don’t think we’ll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season” which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I’ve got it…

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20-YEAR OLD AHL PERFORMANCE (FWDS)

The two best seasons to evaluate for prospects are 17 (the season they are drafted) and their 20-year old (usually first year pro) season. For Oilers fans, the 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City will offer a chance to see several impressive prospects make their pro debut. How will they perform?

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TALKING THE TALK

It goes without saying that talking the talk is one thing and walking the walk is quite another, but Nail Yakupov was saying all the right things when he met with members of the media at a hockey school being put on by the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.

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Where does Luke Gazdic fit in?

This summer, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish unveiled an ambitious plan for next season’s team: three scoring lines and a defensive zone specialty unit. He then signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year extension. Are these things mutually exclusive?

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2014-15 TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (D)

There are plenty of hopeful candidates (but very little actual hope) among the outsider defensemen on the Oilers 50-man roster. A summer of signing free agents has effectively pushed back the prospects and made surprises unlikely—but not impossible.

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2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Forwards

So far in this series, we’ve looked at the players projected to fill the Oilers’ three offensive lines in 2014-15. Rather than deal with the rest of the players individually, we’ll take the rest of the forwards as a group and see how Edmonton’s total forward line-up compares to the eight playoff teams in the…

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Monday Mailbag – July 28th ***UPDATED***

Let’s be honest here for a minute… you’re at work and you’re not doing anything work related. I, for one, salute you slackers and encourage you to do so. With that, here is another rendition of the Monday mailbag. I need questions for next week so if you’ve got one email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Enjoy. ***update***…

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2014-15 TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS (F)

It’s been four years since the Edmonton Oilers invested a high second-round selection on Tyler Pitlick. He made his NHL debut last season, and showed some flashes of NHL ability. What are his chances of making the team this season? Have they improved over summer?

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2014-15 Goals Projection: Mark Arcobello & Leon Draisaitl

We’ve talked the centres to death, and it’s abundantly clear that nobody has much confidence in the duo of Arcobello and Draisaitl handling the two scoring lines not centered by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How many goals can we expect from the two, and how does the Oilers’ top-nine forward group compare to the best teams in…

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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

The Edmonton Oilers are a team badly in need of secondary scoring. The top line is the marquee item, but would Dallas Eakins be better off breaking up the line and trying to find two units that work?