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From Sid to Connor

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins spent 10 years or so as the best player in the NHL. After grabbing that torch from Sid the Kid a couple years back, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is well on his way to a similar run. Tuesday at Rogers Place, we get to see both of…

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The Way I See It…

Connor McDavid’s comments after he dragged the Edmonton Oilers to the finish line with four points on a record-setting night in a 5-4 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday say a lot about him. What he said also reminded me what a woeful job the Oilers have done surrounding the best player on the…

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The Way I See It…

As goofy as it seems to characterize the third game of an 82-game season a must-win game, that was very much the situation for the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s matinee at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. The two points from a 2-1 decision obviously matter, but just getting a taste of success…

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At Random: Not Just One Game

Like many of you, I wanted to open a window after the Edmonton Oilers stunk out the joint in what only be called a flat, uninspiring 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Sweden to open the season on Saturday. The fall-out from that hapless effort was predictable on both ends of the spectrum.

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We Know Better

Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals is a good player, so I hope he gets the message the NHL sent him Wednesday when he was handed a 20-game suspension – this time for a headshot on Oskar Sundqvist of the St. Louis Blues. If Wilson somehow doesn’t get the message and re-offends, the game will…

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The Way I See It: Fearless Predictions

A year ago at this time. I picked the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins to meet in the Stanley Cup final, Todd McLellan to win the Jack Adams Award as top coach and the Vegas Golden Knights to be dead-last in the Western Conference. Other than that, I was pretty much bang-on. Actually, no.

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At Random: Family Matters

Leon Draisaitl is a pretty big deal as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, second only to Connor McDavid on the marquee here, but he’s flat-out getting the rock star treatment at home in Germany, where the Oilers will play the Cologne Sharks Wednesday. That’s been one of the obvious stories coming out since the…

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Nobody Called This

Hands up everybody who said prior to the start of pre-season that Ty Rattie, Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto were going to fill the net and that these three unproven right wingers would be the strength of the Edmonton Oilers five games into the schedule, not the biggest question mark. Sure you did.

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That Kailer Kid

It goes without saying that Kailer Yamamoto has been terrific in the three games he’s played with the Edmonton Oilers this pre-season. For me, it’s how he’s impressed coach Todd McLellan and the three new sets of eyes on his coaching staff that’ll have Yamamoto celebrating his 20th birthday Sunday on a team charter bound…

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That Top Six

While nobody will mistake the road line-up the Winnipeg Jets ice against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place tonight as anything resembling what their actual NHL roster will look like, we are going to get our first pre-season look at the top six forwards that Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan will likely start the season with.

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Opportunity and Redemption

At what is a clearly a crossroads in his NHL career, it’s not lost on Ty Rattie that he is never going to get a better opportunity to prove he belongs in the best league on the planet than the one that awaits him playing on the right wing alongside Connor McDavid with the Edmonton…

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Three Things: Day One

So, the Edmonton Oilers opened their 2018 training camp today with physicals and defenceman Darnell Nurse wasn’t among the players pumping the bike and being poked and prodded with the ink still damp on the two-year bridge deal everybody expected to be done by now. How does this happen? Even as August turned to September…