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PAPER CHASE

On paper, he shouldn’t be there. Based on pedigree, he doesn’t make the invite list. Greg Chase is making a habit of beating the odds, and this time it’s the national entry at the Christmas tournament Canadians love more than Timmy’s coffee: The world junior team.

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HIRING DELLOW: THE BOTTOM LINE

The emergence and growth of analytics and advanced stats in the NHL has grabbed its share of headlines in recent months and that was the case again today with news the Edmonton Oilers had hired Toronto lawyer and avid fan Tyler Dellow to join their hockey ops department.

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Edmonton Oilers hire analytics expert Tyler Dellow

If you’re like me, Tyler Dellow’s website mc79hockey.com is a must-read. Or, at least, it was a must-read. The site went down last night, and this morning TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Dellow had been hired by an NHL team. That NHL team? Apparently the Edmonton Oilers.

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Developing D-men requires patience

There is no development timeline that works for every defenceman, however, it is obvious that the vast majority of them require more seasoning in junior before playing in the NHL. There are extremely rare exceptions like Drew Doughty — who can maintain their confidence and poise and within two years be one of the best…

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DALLAS DOES DALLAS

When somebody comes off like a pompous know-it-all the way Edmonton Oilers’ president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe did with his infamous “six rings” remark, he deserves to be righteously roasted, as Lowe was. That’s as it should be.

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YOU BETTER YOU BET

The Edmonton Oilers are old hands at graduating players right out of the draft. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov made the jump season over season over season, a rare item (for one team) in the game’s history. This year, it looks like they may do it again. I’ve asked it twice, and I’m…

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Monday Mailbag – August 4th

Oh hey there, friendly mailbag readers. It’s once again your cue to stop doing anything work related and learn something from your pals at the Nation (most likely me… probably not). I need questions, and those come from you guys, so email me your question to [email protected] and I’ll get it up as soon as…

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BEST. PLAYER. AVAILABLE.

Many moons ago, the Edmonton Oilers passed on drafting Zach Parise. Why? Well, he was a small forward, and the Oilers had several in the system already. They were covered at that spot, no need for overkill. Best player available? NOPE! Marc Pouliot (flying, in photo) and J-F Jacques were the return for the draft pick…

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A CHANGE IS GONNA DO YOU GOOD 2014

A year from now, Tyler Bunz (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) will have completed his entry-level deal. Edmonton will make a decision on Bunz and several other free agents—restricted and unrestricted—as they clean house and get ready to add another group of entry level players. Here’s a quick look ahead at what…

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Justin Schultz Becoming More

#484062069 / gettyimages.com Jake Gardiner signed a nice deal with the Leafs this weekend. Five years at roughly four million a season. Not a crazy number for the Leafs to swallow. Gardiner has got some stability contract wise, something NHL players love to have. Now that the deal is done it is time to park…

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The Roundup

Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz’ future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week’s roundup