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CHIARELLI’S ROOKIES

As we continue the process of getting to know Peter Chiarelli, it’s time to find out how much his Bruins teams relied on rookies and help from the farm. Unlike the Oilers, Boston was a Stanley Cup contender during the Chiarelli years—implying rookies and callups were not a big part of the team(s). Let’s have…

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The Babcock Watch

The Mike Babcock potential-free-agent story line will intensify now that the Detroit Red Wings are officially out of the playoffs. Babcock’s contract doesn’t officially expire until June 30th, but with the new rule allowing compensation for coaches in place, I’m inclined to believe the Red Wings and Babcock will sit down and discuss his future very…

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O’CONNOR WATCH

Goalie prospect Matt O’Connor completing his NHL tour in NYC with NYR. Down to NYR, Ott, Edmtn and Van. Decision expected within a week. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 29, 2015 For the Edmonton Oilers, acquiring a player like Matt O’Connor would be a pretty big deal. The organization badly needs to improve up the…

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Is it worth cheering for Calgary?

The Edmonton Oilers own the Pittsburgh Penguins first round pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, 16th overall, but that pick could become #15 if the Calgary Flames defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Is moving up one spot in the draft worth cheering for the Flames?

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What should Peter Chiarelli do with Nikita Nikitin?

Nikita Nikitin was a veteran defenceman brought in last summer to act as a bridge player, taking on tough minutes while the Edmonton Oilers’ young blue line prospects rounded into form. His first year was a debacle, featuring injuries, questions about conditioning and plenty of poor play. Under Craig MacTavish, the Oilers appeared set to…

NEVER SAY NEV…WHAT?

There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Peter Chiarelli. The Oilers new GM was asked about trading the No. 1 overall pick, and replied ‘never say never!’ WHAT?

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What should Peter Chiarelli do with Justin Schultz?

Justin Schultz is a restricted free agent. His last contract paid him $3.675 million on a one-year deal, and he probably isn’t worth the money but it’s awfully difficult to sign him for less now. The Oilers’ new general manager, Peter Chiarelli, will need to decide how to proceed, and there aren’t any really easy…

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Roster Change Priority: Find A Goalie

The number one job for Peter Chiarelli with regards to his roster, now that he’s taken over Hockey Ops in a historic coup, is going to be finding a new goaltender. That job is ahead of finding “Heavy” players. It’s ahead of fixing the giant mess on defense left behind by MacTavish. As bad as the defense…

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WHEN THE OTHER SHOE DROPS

View image | gettyimages.com Edmonton Oilers’ big boss Bob Nicholson already made a splash most of us weren’t expecting when he bounced Kevin Lowe out of hockey operations and demoted Craig MacTavish in favor of Pete Chiarelli, who signed on as POHO and GM Friday. My sense is there are more changes coming in the…

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HOW GOOD IS TIMO MEIER?

<br> Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year’s draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.

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Oilers: Dawn of a new Era

Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli were all smiles this past Friday when Nicholson unveiled Chiarelli as the new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers. The press conference wrapped up the most surprising 139-hour stretch in Oilers history. Peter Pocklington’s trade to acquire Wayne Gretzky is the most important move in franchise history, and his…

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Monday Mailbag – April 27th

Another week has passed, and what a week it was! From Connor McDavid to a new management regime, this has been one of the biggest weeks in Oilers history. It feels as though the sun is permanently shining in OilersNation and it feels good. Spirits are high, and hope is in abundance – when was…