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GDB 52.0: Best in the West

(Photoshop: @isuckatpicking) Another game, another battle against a top team, and once again the Oilers are not regarded as underdogs. The first 51 games have drastically altered the league’s perception of Edmonton. Teams respect them, and the Oilers back-to-back victories in Anaheim and San Jose last week have changed their internal expectations. They believe they…

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Andrej Sekera, No. 1 Defenceman

The Edmonton Oilers have taken a defence-by-committee approach this season. Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell both play a lot, just under 22 minutes per game. Adam Larsson’s numbers are skewed a little by not taking on any kind of offensive role, but he too is over the 20-minute mark on average. At the top of…

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TOP 100 OILERS: PETR KLIMA (33)

From the candy cane tape job on his hockey stick to the Great Dane he kept in his hotel room at the Coliseum Inn across the Street from Northlands Coliseum to the business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back mullet and big fur coats he favoured, Petr Klima was a walking fashion statement. He had style.

HOW GOOD IS SASHA CHMELEVSKI?

Sasha Chmelevski ties up the CHL Top Prospects Game with a beauty. Follow along for updates: https://t.co/Scgvk6uAUT pic.twitter.com/dXkJa5H5OV — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 31, 2017 In the first period of the CHL Top Prospects Game Monday evening, winger Sasha Chmelevski scored a brilliant goal. I am a draft geek, and haven’t heard much about him. So,…

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AT RANDOM: HOME COOKING

It’s been duly noted since the Edmonton Oilers started calling Rogers Place home that the swank new downtown barn doesn’t have the rowdy and raucous vibe old Rexall Place did, spawning the unflattering nickname The Library. It’s also been pointed out the new rink, for all its bells and whistles and high-tech guts, has lousy…

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Monday Mailbag – McDavid’s Next Contract

Happy ‘we’re-in-a-playoff-spot-on-a-Monday-late-January’ to all of you! I promise to work turning days like these into civic holidays so we can all sit at home in our undies, but there’s still a ways to go. Until then, let’s all kill some time together whilst learning about the Oilers we love and arguing with the strangers we hate….

WEEKEND UPDATE!

Sniped it. @Jpuljujarvi #Suomi pic.twitter.com/E3xKg9ZTWi — Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) January 29, 2017 Jesse Puljujarvi continues to flourish in Bakersfield, and the Condors enjoyed a nice run this week. Action across the prospect universe. Let’s have a look.

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I LOVE THE HOCKEY

This is Eddie Shore, as a member of the Melville Millionaires. Shore was born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan about 114 years ago. A brilliant, rugged and effective player, he became known as ‘The Edmonton Express’ and by 1926 was an emerging star for the Boston Bruins of the NHL. This weekend, folks are arguing about the…

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The Rich Peverley Trade

I wanted to talk today about a trade that Peter Chiarelli made during his time as the general manager of the Boston Bruins. The reason I focused on this particular trade is because it encapsulates a lot of the debate surrounding Chiarelli’s handling of the Oilers without including the same emotion in Edmonton that comes…