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HALFWAY THERE

For the better part of the last decade, documenting the Edmonton Oilers at the halfway mark of the season has been a tale of defeat, ineptitude and frustration. Over and over and over again. A hockey version of Groundhog Day, only with Bill Murray kicking Oiler fans in the pills.

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GDB 41.0: OPEN ALL NIGHT

As a bona fide Springsteen fan I had a helluva time picking today’s GD song. I almost went with Darkness on the Edge of Town but wanted to go with something more hopeful (haha, Springsteen hopeful, listen to me reaching for the unlikely). I settled on a driving song, the wonderful Drive All Night. I…

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THE TYLER BENSON WORRY

The only question surrounding Tyler Benson on draft day 2016 was health. If he had been able to play a full season in his eligible year, the young Vancouver Giants winger would have been a strong candidate for the first round—possibly the top 15 overall. As it happened, he fell to the early portion of…

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Waiver Eligibility & the Bakersfield Condors

As the Edmonton Oilers enter the back half of the 2016-17 season, it’s going to be worth watching how they handle a number of prospects currently in the AHL. Most of the team’s significant minor-leaguers are in their last season of waiver exemption—which means it’s either impress now, or go into training camp next fall…

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Taylor Hall set to face his former team

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday Taylor Hall was a guest on my radio show. Hall will play the Oilers for the first time this Saturday. It is always an emotional game for any player going against his former team, but it is usually a bigger deal when you played there for five-plus seasons. I didn’t…

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Taylor Beck named to 2017 AHL All-Star game

Congrats to Taylor Beck for being named to the #AHLAllStar Classic in Lehigh Valley! #Condorstown pic.twitter.com/Itj69fLTmK — Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) January 5, 2017 Bakersfield Condor Taylor Beck, who has played in three games with the Edmonton Oilers this season, has been named as the lone representative from the Condors to the 2017 AHL All-Star game.

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The Roundup

Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent…

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GDB 40.0: Bounce back in Boston

(photoshop: @isuckatpicking) Holiday Cheers! Holiday Savings!  Click to find your store. One of the biggest improvements the Oilers have made this season is their ability to be competitive after a poor outing. There hasn’t been many games this season where the Oilers were completely outclassed, but Tuesday in Columbus the Oilers were overwhelmed. They will look to…

CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Embed from Getty Images Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the…

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Taking Advantage of Other Team’s Expansion Problems

Earlier this week, I wrote about how the expansion draft may offer the Edmonton Oilers an opportunity to shed a contract. The club’s somewhat unique positioning offers it a chance to do something else, though, too: Acquire a player from a team that will have trouble protecting all its forwards.