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FIVE LONG YEARS

<br> For years now we’ve been waiting for that 2010 entry draft to stand and deliver. I’ve argued for a long time that it’s impossible to measure a draft’s success in the short term (unless it’s obvious, like Taylor Hall or Troy Hesketh) and in 12 months I think we’ll be able to safely make…

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What does Bogdan Yakimov need to do to make the Edmonton Oilers?

Between the Penticton Young Stars tournament and the early results of the preseason, Edmonton fans have been treated to some surprisingly good performances from players in Oilers sweaters. Among the best of those performances has been that of Bogdan Yakimov. The 6’5”, 232 pound Russian hasn’t looked like a player struggling to adapt to North…

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Tkachev: Realistic expectations

Vladimir Tkachev picked up two assists last night, and instantly his hype reached unhealthy levels. Have Oilers fans not learned from the past? I recall many fans and some media blaming Craig MacTavish for holding Rob Schremp back. The Oilers also held back Linus Omark in the eyes of many. In both cases the players…

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Does Nail Yakupov need to play right wing?

Last night in Winnipeg, Nail Yakupov was put on the left wing of Edmonton’s first line, playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. The line didn’t play very well; Yakupov was terrible. Early in the second period, Dallas Eakins bumped Yakupov down to the second line and back to right wing. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle took…