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The biggest draft-day steals in Oilers history

Drafting is anything but a perfect science. And when it comes to predicting the longterm development of young-adult and teenage hockey players, it’s a lot more common for teams to land on a bust than a steal. Through all the letdowns, however, there’s always the hope that an unexpected talent will rise up from the…

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Tuesday Tidbits: Salary Cap, Capitals and the Legend of Vegas

The Las Vegas Golden Knights continue to find different ways to win. Their top line has been great all playoffs, but in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals, their fourth line dominated. They didn’t just score the tying goal, the game winner and the empty net insurance goal, they shredded the Capitals on virtually…

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Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2014 NHL Draft

With six years of recaps in the books, our pursuit of NHL Draft knowledge to determine whether or not the Oilers should use the 10th overall pick has landed us here, the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. After the jump, I’ve listed another group of nine NHL hopefuls that were selected within the 7-15 range in…

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Former Condors coach Gerry Fleming lands in the German league

According to German entertainment site, RTL, former Bakersfield Condors head coach, Gerry Fleming, has landed a new gig as an assistant coach with Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League. After spending the last nine years in the Oilers farm system as either a head coach or an assistant coach, Fleming will make his…

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Salary Cap projected to rise to between $78 and $82

The NHL’s salary cap ceiling is reportedly set to rise from $75 million to somewhere between $78 and $82 million for the 2018-19 season. With Connor McDavid’s record-setting $12.5 million annual extension set to kick in next season, the Oilers needed this news.

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The Bargain Bin

If Peter Chiarelli is going to have a successful off-season he’s going to have to hit on one or two value contracts. He may have received a little bit of good news on Monday when Bill Daly said the 18-19 salary cap could be anywhere from $78-82 million dollars.  I think most people, myself included,…

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Oil Kings Clean House

In two separate press releases, the Edmonton Oil Kings announced some major shakeups to both their hockey ops department and coaching staff. General Manager Randy Hansch will not return to the team next year but will stay with the team until July 1st and assist with the process of finding a new management team. He…

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Nation Talks: Vegas or Washington?

In an effort to have you welcome us into your lives and minds more, we bring you another in our continuing series of Nation Talks. A ten-minute, round (rectangle?!?!)-table discussion about the topics of the moment, things on our minds and just about anything else we can possibly talk about. What’s happening in the NHL…

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The worst first-round picks in Oilers history

Here’s a shocker — The Edmonton Oilers, like every professional sports franchise on the planet, have really screwed up some draft picks. The 1990’s and early 2000’s really was the heyday of incompetent drafting in Edmonton with several first-round selections playing just a handful of games for the Oilers, while some didn’t even dress for…

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Steve Bluett: The Ultimate Hockey Statistician

Steve Bluett was a volunteer statistician for 34 years. He did stats for over 2,200 games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. He started in 1983 helping out the Sherwood Park Crusaders. Bluett retired from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL in March of 2017. His goal was to…