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Expecting Connor

Embed from Getty Images It’s rather unfair to be labelled the next big thing. The weight of expectation could crush someone not mentally strong enough. Connor McDavid’s NHL career has been highly anticipated since he was 11 years old and his debut only disappointed because we were robbed of a full season by a Flyers…

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Monday Mailbag – Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s another long weekend edition of the Mailbag and this week is dedicated to the poor suckers that had to go into work today. This Mailbag goes out every one of you that was roped into to working by the man. This Mailbag is dedicated to everyone that is sitting at their job with absolutely no intention of being at all productive…

WEEKEND UPDATE!

The hockey is happening! Across many leagues, levels and countries, Oilers players and prospects are in action. Here’s a quick look at progress, with an emphasis on the bubbling under prospects.

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ANTON SLEPYSHEV AND THE 2016-17 OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers are set at center (if Leon Draisaitl plays there) and left wing for the coming year, but the right side up front has some question marks. There is plenty of potential behind Jordan Eberle, but who gets the 2R job? The 3R role? Anton Slepsyshev broke camp with the big club a…

FIVE LONG YEARS (2011 DRAFT)

Five years after a draft is a good time to evaluate—and even then, there are prospects who are not completely known. Brandon Davidson from the 2010 draft took until 2015-16 and we may be seeing a straggler or two from the Edmonton list in 2011. Let’s have a look.

34 MEN FOR 23 JOBS (TRAINING CAMP 2016)

Every September we sit around the giant fire in the backyard, drinking beverages and talking about incoming prospects who have a chance to make the Oilers. As the evening wears on, the conversations get more outrageous, but these are good times. Grab a brew, let’s get started.

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TOP 100 OILERS: DAVE MANSON (52)

“Walk softly and carry a big stick,” or so the old saying goes. In the case of former Edmonton Oiler defenseman Dave Manson, it was talk softly and carry a big stick – he didn’t have any choice after being punched in the throat in a fight with Sergio Momesso in 1992, suffering damaged vocal…

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The Roundup

Jets name new Captain, the Florida Panthers like CanucksArmy, ESPN likes the Leafs prospects, projecting the Canucks and Flames scoring this season, Taylor Hall speaks after digesting trade from Oilers, a classic star fight, hockey hair, win tickets to the premier of Ice Guardians and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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849 Minutes, 49 Seconds

The single-biggest difference between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 editions of the Edmonton Oilers isn’t the result of a trade, or a signing, or a draft pick. It doesn’t spring from a hiring or a firing. All that is required, rather, is good health, because with good health Connor McDavid could play twice as many minutes…

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

For the fourth year in a row, the staff at Nation HQ will be closing our laptops and making their way to Churchill Square to Walk a Mile in her shoes. No, we’re not walking around Churchill Square in stilettos because it makes us feel pretty (it does), we’re circling the square to raise money to help the victims of family…

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OPPORTUNITY MISSED

Bogdan Yakimov has poor timing. The Edmonton Oilers will enter training camp with Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl away at the World Cup of Hockey. If Yakimov hadn’t made the decision to play in the KHL this season, there would have been an enormous opportunity to show well early (and mid) at this…