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LEON’S WINGMEN

Now that Leon Draisaitl is signed, we can begin talking about possible linemates. Although Edmonton doesn’t have many centers applying for NHL work, winning a job at center with the Oilers practically guarantees a very nice set of wingers.

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Columbus Blue Jackets’ centre situation is worth watching

Look long enough at the various players who might potentially available to the Edmonton Oilers at centre, and eventually the name Artem Anisimov comes up. He fits the direction of the organization – he’s big, he’s young, his underlying numbers are pretty good. He plays for a team in Columbus that has a surplus of…

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MAKING GOOD BETS

This is Andrew Miller. He might be the least famous forward on the Oilers North American depth chart, and yet the club re-signed him this summer. Why? Part of the reason may come from his second half performance. Miller seemed to turn a corner, to establish himself, after New Year’s. The Oilers had several prospects…

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HE WAS SOLD ON A TUESDAY

“Gretzky statue”. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons Peter Pocklington sent Wayne Gretzky away on a Tuesday, the same instant he broke a city’s heart. Previous to August 9, 1988, Peter Puck could be defended—he brought Wayne and Stanley to our fair city—but on that day the die was cast. The…

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Dallas Eakins on how an NHL coaching staff can use analytics

We’re in the dog days of summer, and thanks to that even something as relatively small as the hiring of a statistical consultant by Edmonton had been debated to death. Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked to Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 about the move, and he managed both to say some new things and give us…

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Analytics vs. the Rest of the Hockey world

I have been out of the NHL for three full years now. As a player I never once heard of advanced stats inside our dressing room. A coach never brought it to our attention or discussed it with us individually or as a group. Since then the analytical part of the game has picked up…

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Intangibles: Character

One of the comments I get a lot runs along the lines of ‘character wins championships, and stats don’t measure character!’ It’s true, to a point, but it glosses over a lot of important nuance. Since it’s August, and every day is a slow news day, this seemed like a good time to talk about…

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The Roundup

The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week’s Roundup.

Looking Ahead: The 2014-15 Power Play

#484499253 / gettyimages.com Last season the Oilers took a step backwards on the power play. Their success rate dropped three percent, going from twenty to seventeen. The team ranked just twenty-first in the NHL at the end of the year.

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Have the Oilers improved?

For the sake of everyone in Edmonton, I sure hope so. I do believe the Oilers have improved, which isn’t hard considering they were the 3rd worst team in the NHL last season, but how much have they improved? It is hard to say until we see the product on the ice, but I wanted…

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2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Defencemen

How many goals should we expect from Justin Schultz and Co. on the Oilers’ blue line next season? More importantly, how do reasonable (your mileage may vary) projections for both the defence and the team as a whole compare to the results posted by last year’s playoff teams in the West?