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Looking at Evan Bouchard’s defensive ability

A video ripping apart Evan Bouchard’s defensive game has been making its way around the Internet, and I’m here to discuss it with you. I should warn you all that it’s a lengthy, 22 minute video. Thankfully you don’t need to worry because I watched it all so you don’t have to. 

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Top 10 Who Got Away: Ray Whitney (1)

Ray Whitney could have been one of the best local-boy-makes-good stories of his generation when he showed up on the doorstep of the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent in the late-1990s. Instead, the undersized kid from Fort Saskatchewan, a former stick boy with the Oilers whose dad Floyd was a city cop and a…

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Tuesday Tidbits: Nurse contract and more

With every passing day Darnell Nurse’s agent is seeing more contracts signed. Joel Edmundson signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Blues yesterday, and Brandon Montour signed a two-year, $3.387 million AAV. Both had arbitration rights, which is a factor when comparing their salaries straight across with Nurse, but Montour’s deal makes me believe…

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At Random: Coach Grier

It’s absolutely no surprise that former Edmonton Oilers’ winger Mike Grier landed a job as a coach in the NHL, joining the New Jersey Devils as an assistant this week. If anything, the surprise is it took the big winger from Detroit this long to end up behind the bench after retiring at the end…

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20 in 20: A Line Combination Extravaganza (PART 2)

The off-season line combination extravaganza continues! If you missed part one of the extravaganza I highly recommend you go back and check out the first five line combos I suggested last week. After going through the first five formations I’ve come to the conclusion that outside of Connor McDavid you can pretty much toss anyone…

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Offseason Moves: Oilers vs. the Pacific

Last week, I asked if the Oilers really improved this offseason. They signed Kyle Brodziak, Tobias Rieder, and Kevin Gravel (Mikko Koskinen earlier, too), but most of those players simply replace players sent away at the trade deadline. If the Oilers are going to move up the standings it will be based off internal development…

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Should more NHL players go to Arbitration?

Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t reach an agreement prior to their arbitration hearing this past Friday. They actually went through the arbitration process and the arbitrator decided on a one-year, $5.5 million contract for Trouba. In the past five years (2013-2017), we have seen 122 arbitration possibilities, but only five went to arbitration….

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High/Low: The Defencemen

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs.

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PTO The Way To Go

As everyone waits with bated breath to see what the number is going to be on a Darnell Nurse deal I’m going to take a look at what happens once that deal is in place. Most people still think the Oilers will sign another depth forward, likely to a league minimum deal, prior to training…