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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,…