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West preview…Can the Flames score?

Our western conference preview stops in Calgary to look at the rebuilding Flames. They lost their leading goal scorer, Mike Cammalleri to New Jersey, and once again the biggest concern will be goal scoring. The Flames played the most 5×5 minutes of any team in the NHL last year, but they only scored 136 goals…

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ROOKIE CAMP: READY OR NOT?

When you strip away the excitement that fans are getting closer to having some actual on-ice action to talk about, the 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp in Penticton is about Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. Everything and everyone else is a sidebar.

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Tryout Season

Training camp is nearing rapidly, which makes this an exciting time of the year for teams, signed players and fans. It’s more bittersweet for the unsigned NHL’ers out there; resolution is coming one way or the other but it very well might take the form of a tryout deal. Are there any players out there…

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We Want to Sponsor Your Hockey Team

When I was a kid, I used to hang out in the back yard, at my parents’ place, and rip tennis balls at the fence.  I would be out there for hours, convinced that I was going to end up in the NHL.  Obviously that didn’t happen.  I ended up blogging about the game I…

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West preview… Can the Jets surpass 84 points?

Our western conference preview continues with a focus on the Winnipeg Jets. This is the Jets’ fourth season in Winnipeg after relocating from Atlanta, and they’ve missed the playoffs all three seasons. They finished with 84 points in 2012 and 2014, and 51 during the shortened 2013 season. They missed the playoffs by eight points…

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THE OILERS’ RODNEY DANGERFIELD: RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an impressive power-play performer and a developing two-way talent, but to listen to some people he’s not much at all. If it’s possible to consider a former No. 1 overall selection underrated, the Nuge is it. He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey—and when he arrives as a complete talent there’s going to…

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2014-15: MEASURING SUCCESS

It’s perfectly understandable after eight seasons out of the playoffs that fans of the Edmonton Oilers want to see their team back in the post-season mix, but if that’s the expectation, you’re in for another year of frustration.

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SLEPYSHEV AND PROSPECT AT-BATS

Anton Slepyshev is a skill-winger of note playing in the KHL. Edmonton drafted him in 2013 as an overager, and have been biding their time until the Russian’s contract expires. It’s likely they’ll sign him (if he’s willing), so we’re left to watch and wonder what he’ll bring if he plays in North America.

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Iiro Pakarinen: Right time, right place?

I haven’t written much about Iiro Pakarinen because I don’t know a lot about him, really – YouTube clips, assorted scouting reports, plus the fact that Edmonton felt strongly enough about him to sign the winger to a two-year entry-level deal. There are some interesting points, though, and in considering the roster I wonder if…

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TOWERS

In the last five years, Edmonton’s recalls from the farm have been average or smaller. Anton Lander (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved), Mark Arcobello and others are finding their way but do not fit the ‘big body’ description many feel the Oilers need badly. There are bigger man on the way, but…