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Bob McKenzie: The List

For me, whether it was in the days when I was up to my eyeballs covering the Edmonton Oilers with the dailies or now, when I’m sitting at my kitchen table more than an arm’s length away from those truly in the know, Bob McKenzie’s final NHL draft ranking list has always set the standard…

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At 10: Ty Smith

If Ty Smith remains on the board when the Edmonton Oilers walk to the podium with the 10th selection at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas and fellow blueliners Quinton Hughes, Noah Dobson and Evan Bouchard have been taken, is he their man? Does Keith Gretzky and the members of his amateur scouting staff…

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At 10: Barrett Hayton

There will be prospects with more flash and dash on the board when the Edmonton Oilers pick 10th overall at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas. If sick offensive skills and numbers are your thing, Barrett Hayton isn’t an obvious choice. What Hayton looks like, however, is the kind of smart, two-way centre who…

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Top 10 Who Got Away: Miroslav Satan (4)

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers struggled through years of seeing their five-time Stanley Cup champions reduced to operating as a bargain basement outfit in the mid-1990s, as GM Glen Sather was forced to cut corners and try to put together and keep together teams on the cheap. From Wayne Gretzky on down the line, selling…

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At 10: Oliver Wahlstrom

To understate, there are jobs on right wing available with the Edmonton Oilers — one of them being playing alongside Connor McDavid. Maybe youngsters Jesse Puljujarvi or Kailer Yamamoto will grab that prime gig and run with it. If not them, maybe it will be U.S. born Oliver Wahlstrom, who might be the best pure…

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At 10: Noah Dobson

As is the case with the likes of blueliners Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes and right winger Oliver Wahlstrom, the Edmonton Oilers are going to have to see the cards fall their way to get the chance to select defenceman Noah Dobson of the Acadie-Bathurst Titans when they make the 10th selection at the NHL…

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At 10: Evan Bouchard

Even allowing for all of the huge swings in player rankings because there are so many scouting outfits and publications putting out lists heading into the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, it’s probably wishful thinking, to say the least, to believe that London Knights’ captain Evan Bouchard will still be available when the Edmonton Oilers pick…

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At Random: Back in the Show

I believe the Edmonton Oilers got it right with the hiring of assistant coaches Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros. That said, it’s always bothered me they managed to get it so wrong with Todd Nelson, who the organization basically whiffed on three times before he ended up as the head coach of the…

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Top 10 Who Got Away: Andrew Cogliano (5)

I never had much faith in Steve Tambellini during his tenure as GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Tambellini, who sat in the big chair from 2008-13, seemed to me to be the hockey antithesis of Kyle MacDonald, the young man who rose to fame in 2005 for starting with a paperclip and trading up to…

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Straight Talk

The teams have changed over the years, but Glen Gulutzan has spent seven NHL seasons as a coach, including the last two as the head coach of the Calgary Flames, trying to beat Todd McLellan. Today, Gulutzan jumped from one side of the Battle of Alberta to the other when he was named, along with…

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The Smart One

We don’t know if the Edmonton Oilers are going to keep the 10th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft or trade it away as part of a package to acquire more immediate help. If the Oilers do keep the pick, I’m reasonably confident they will make the right choice under assistant GM Keith…

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Three Thoughts: Those Golden Knights

By reaching the 2018 Stanley Cup final in their first NHL season with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to be the most compelling story in sports right now for a lot of reasons. The storylines are obvious — reaching the Cup final as an expansion team with…