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Summer Goalie Series: Draft options between the pipes

Over the next couple months, we’re going to be focusing a lot on the Oilers crease. Let’s start with the draft which has historically been a crapshoot when it comes to goaltenders. The unpredictability of the position coupled with varying psychological factors and a later development curve makes forecasting the future floor and ceiling of…

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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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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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The Nuge is a winger

Let’s say this together. Five times, real loud for the people in the back. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a winger. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a winger. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a winger. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a winger. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a winger. No longer should we view RNH as a second or third-line threat down the middle of the ice for the…

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16 Eastern Conference targets the Oilers should consider

The bad news: Last season was, in no way, one the Oilers were hoping for. The good news: with arguably the best player in the world leading the way and some solid secondary pieces already in place, Edmonton is not far away from once again being a force in the Pacific Division. Look no further…

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Raiding the West: 14 targets the Oilers should consider

The bad news? Pretty much everything to do with the Oilers 2017-18 season that doesn’t rhyme with Fawner McNavid. The good news? With the best player in the world leading the way and some solid secondary pieces already in place, Edmonton is not far away from once again being a force in the Pacific Division….

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Replacing Todd McLellan P3: Trap candidates

Oh Chia, what do you have up your sleeve? You ol’ sailor you. Monday’s presser with the Oilers head coach made it feel like the job of Todd McLellan may be safe but, as of this posting, it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not he will be back for his third twirl around the sun…

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Replacing Todd McLellan P2: Non-NHL options

Though opinions are pretty split on the amount of responsible the Oilers head coach should take for yet another lost season in Edmonton, it’s clear that Todd McLellan could very well find himself (rightly or wrongly) out of a job in a few short weeks.

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Replacing Todd McLellan: NHL options

Though opinions are pretty split on the amount of responsible the Oilers head coach should take for yet another lost season in Edmonton, it’s clear that Todd McLellan could very well find himself (rightly or wrongly) out of a job in a few short weeks.