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PIPELINE (GOALIE)

A little over two years after his arrival as Edmonton Oilers general manager, Peter Chiarelli has turned over (almost) the entire pro goalie depth chart. The only holdover is Laurent Brossoit, whose minor league audition has finally ended with his apparent ascension to the NHL roster this fall. THE 2015-16 BAKERSFIELD CONDORS Laurent Brossoit 31gp,…

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Where Does Oilers Defence Need to Improve?

Peter Chiarelli elected to be patient with his burgeoning defence corps this summer, instead of making a major move. He re-signed Kris Russell, much to the vexation of many, and wants to see how his group can develop. The injury to Andrej Sekera causes some concern, but it will also create an opportunity for Darnell…

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Monday Mailbag – Expectations for Matt Benning

Once again, it’s the Nation’s favourite time of the week as our panel of writers have taken your questions and answered them to the best of their ability as they draw from their worldly experiences. As always, this is driven by you guys. If you’ve got a question, you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or…

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PIPELINE (DEFENSE)

We talked yesterday about the Condors forwards and the pipeline to the NHL. Since bringing all of the players into one designated farm team (the Oilers loaned out their players and had no team of their own for a couple of seasons, last decade) the club has had some success in graduating defenders. Based on…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Metropolitan Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Hurricanes looked to solve their goaltending issue, the Penguins worked to keep their Cup-winning core intact, the Capitals lost an exodus of good…

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PIPELINE (FORWARDS)

Since the day Edmonton moved their franchise to Oklahoma City, the minor league team has been producing talent for the big club. The ‘blip’ of last decade,when players were loaned to other organizations, is becoming a distant bell. The first Oklahoma City Barons team gifted the NHL Jeff Petry, Mark Arcobello and Chris VandeVelde. What…

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins.  The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next…

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Top 100 Oilers: Ryan Smyth (9)

“You can do anything if you try hard enough.” While that’s certainly an ethic to aspire to and something we’d like to believe is true, it’s not. It’s a damn lie. If trying hard was enough, if passion about a purpose was enough, Ryan Smyth would have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup today…

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Next Year’s Free Agents (or “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead”)

The Edmonton Oilers are almost through this summer’s free agent business, with only Leon Draisaitl to go. The club will come in well under the cap for this season based on current trajectory, and that includes max on all bonuses (extremely unlikely). Source: NHL Numbers. Getting under the cap involved one cost cutting move (Eberle…

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No W in RNH

The addition of Ryan Strome combined with Peter Chiarelli’s comments about Strome being a natural centre created some discussion on who would be the top-three centres on the Oilers. I expect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start the season playing centre. Nugent-Hopkins scored 34 points in 55 games in 2016, and followed it up with his worst…

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The Roundup

The Oilers rocked out at Eberle’s wedding, Canucks make changes to front office, the clock is ticking on an arena deal in Calgary, a look at the summer in the Central and Pacific divisions, Mitch Marner, Mike Smith, and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen