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Condors Schedule

The Bakersfield Condors are going to see plenty of their fellow AHL Pacific Division teams during the 2015-16 season, but the release of the schedule has highlighted a few interesting matchups against new rivals.

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Gone by the Deadline

Peter Chiarelli made some headway this summer, but the Edmonton Oilers’ roster remains flawed in many ways. The goaltending is uncertain, the defence is loaded to the gills with third-pairing types and even the forward corps has some discernible weaknesses. In short, the general manager isn’t close to finished yet, because realistically there are a…

Professor Fancystats Presents: Corsi

Whether you like it or not it’s a fact of life in 2015 that analytics, or advanced stats, have started to take hold of the conversation in all circles of hockey. For those of us who are not well versed in anything mathematics related understanding these concepts can seem fairly daunting. But fear not, our…

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SCOUT’S HONOR

The Edmonton Oilers have had a busy summer. Peter Chiarelli’s appointment as the team’s GM signaled change and we saw plenty in the weeks after he was hired. We should expect more and there are signs the scouting staff shuffle continues.

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The Condors Defence

More than half of the defensive corps for the 2015-16 edition of the Bakersfield Condors is pretty well set in stone.

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WWYDW: Andrew Ference and the Captaincy

One of the subplots of this fall’s Oilers training camp will be the role of team captain Andrew Ference. The defenceman took a step back last year and saw his ice time reduced as the season wore on; arguably he isn’t among the top-six defencemen on Edmonton’s roster at this time. In this week’s edition…

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Skipping School

We’ll keep calling it the McDavid factor until someone else comes up with something catchy. He’s been the catalyst for sweeping changes in Oil Country. Even before being drafted he was responsible for the end of the Glory Days Oilers in management and the turnaround in respectability that the Oilers experienced. He’s unquestionably the reason…

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WE HAVE THE HOCKEY!

Call me crazy but I’ll take it: The KHL season is underway and Oilers’ prospect Ziyat Paigin got into action for AK Bars earlier today. Music! Skates, pucks, nets, yelling at referees, bad coffee, GOD I wish I’d been there.

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How Peter Chiarelli built his last Stanley Cup winner

Peter Chiarelli was hired as Boston Bruins general manager on May 26, 2006. On June 15, 2011, he hoisted the Stanley Cup, having successfully built the Bruins up from the NHL basement to the pinnacle of the sport. Edmonton Oilers fans obviously hope that Chiarelli will do the same with his new team, and so…

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The Summer Workout Contest

We’re only weeks away from a new NHL season and I need to make sure you’re all ready. This contest is to make sure you’ve been preparing yourself for another year of beer drinkin’, angry tweetin’, and general Oiler related shenanigans. I need to know that you’ve spent your summer wisely. My friends, I present you with the Summer…

Yak To McDavid’s Right

View image | gettyimages.com As we inch slowly towards the beginning of the hockey season we are more and more often thinking about the beginning of young Connor McDavid’s NHL career. How are we going to protect him? Who will he live with? Who will he play with? These are the questions on our minds…

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TOP 20 PROSPECTS, SUMMER 2015 (ON EDITION)

It’s been a long 52 weeks for Oilers fans but if things break right we should be able to mock at least one division rival by Halloween (knock wood, salt over shoulder, Hail Mary full of Grace). As I do every August at the august Oilers Nation, here’s the current top 20 prospects bubbling under….