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Weekend Update: November 5, 2017

It’s been a fascinating week for the prospects bubbling under for the Edmonton Oilers. Should the club decide to shuffle the roster before the eastern road trip, there are players pushing for an NHL opportunity—especially Ty Rattie. Let’s have a look at the prospects throughout the system.

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Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

I have a lot of time for Kailer Yamamoto. He earned the right to play for the Oilers in October with his performance in September. After training camp, he was no worse than the second best right winger for the Oilers. Today, that may still be the case but the best thing for Edmonton is…

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Game Day Notes: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers

Timing is everything. The Edmonton Oilers entered training camp with question marks on right-wing and a passel of unproven players. Entering preseason, we discussed names like Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev and distant (but rising) bell Kailer Yamamoto. Luck, injury and early success allowed Yamamoto to win the day.

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GDB 13.0: Detroit Diesel (2pm MST, SNW)

This fall for Edmonton Oilers fans has been a lot about frustration. Coming to grips with the fact general manager Peter Chiarelli has assessed this as a ‘growth year’ is difficult when the weather is fine, borderline impossible when the cold winds blow. The team itself has had tremendous difficulty in areas that had previously…