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WILL IT START WITH A 5?

The Edmonton Oilers will spend the 2014-15 season assessing their options with several soon-to-be free agents. Defensemen Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz are going to get paid next summer—possibly by the Oilers—and Nail Yakupov will reach the end of his entry-level deal. If these three players are productive this coming year, they could literally break…

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THE ROUNDUP

Exhibition season is underway, Royal Half joins the Nation, stats predicting NHL success, Bennett and Draisaitl shine, Vladdy hockey, Phil the thrill and more in this week’s Roundup.

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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…

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GDB -06: Trouba and the Jets

#183929653 / gettyimages.com The twenty Oilers who will play tonight in Winnipeg skated in Leduc this morning at 9:30 a.m., before flying to Winnipeg to face Jacob Trouba and the Jets. Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom and Martin Marincin will be in the lineup, and all of them are hoping to have the same impact in the…

THE RISE OF JEANSHORTS

Please watch this video. If you want to know more read the article. If you want to start pre-emptively celebrating and never want to read another word we totally get it. What an age to be alive! *whistles loudly*

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FANTASY

Earlier this month, I joined a fantasy hockey league (Oilers Nation) and drafted the “Oakland Seals” roster that will sink like a stone (my goalies may already be in the AHL). Fantasy hockey is a big damn deal, and the magazines and websites that project stats are myriad. Although I’ve never played fantasy hockey before…

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ROY AND CHASE: VALUE

One prospect was taken in the second round, the other in the seventh. Just one year later, the seventh-round selection has an NHL entry-level deal, the praise of his coach and is looking at a final junior season that may involve the World Junior Championships. The other remains unsigned and coming off an injury-plagued season….

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Anton Lander and the Power Play

Anton Lander might be the most baffling prospect in the Oilers’ system. He found another level offensively in the American League in 2013-14, but continued to post Jean-Francois Jacquesian scoring totals when promoted to the majors. What’s going on? A look at his situational statistics is illuminating.