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The best Oilers through two weeks

The Oilers are 5-0. Most people didn’t see the Oilers winning their first five games, but they have started strong and these points in the bag. No one can take them away. Who has been the biggest contributors to the Oilers’ (extremely) early success? It’s too easy to point to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl….

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Oilers Projections: the Internet Forecasts a Rough Season

Every year I’m curious what fans, media, and statistical models say about the Oilers. Many, including myself, were convinced the Oilers had finally turned a corner after making the playoffs in 2016-17, and nearly advancing to the third round of the playoffs, but that wasn’t the case. The Oilers fell back to earth the past…

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The Oilers aren’t tanking, but they might as well be

What might be best for the Oilers? Another high draft pick. Seriously. It’s ludicrous to suggest a team with Connor McDavid and a 50-goal scorer should tank the season. You should be gunning for the Stanley Cup, let alone the playoffs, anytime you have a generational talent on the roster. That’s not realistic in a…

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Bumbling Connor McDavid’s early years attracts attention

Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl attended the Biosteel camp ahead of NHL training camps. McDavid didn’t skate at the camp, while Draisaitl answered some questions about Jesse Puljujarvi’s desire to be traded and signing in Finland. This spawned an article from Cathal Kelly in The Globe and Mail about McDavid’s lack of…

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Should Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins play with Connor McDavid?

One of Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play with Connor McDavid. The Oilers forward depth demands it. Ken Holland said as much in an interview with The Athletic’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman near the draft in June. Dave Tippett echoed this in his introductory press conference, complimenting the McDavid-Draisaitl connection, but also said he’s not stuck…

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Oilers 2019-20 Rookie Candidates

The Oilers didn’t add a whole lot to a roster that wasn’t good enough in 2018-19. That doesn’t mean they’re destined for another bottom-of-the-standings finish, but they’ll be hoping a few prospects can establish themselves in the NHL in 2019-20.

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PTO Options

The Edmonton Oilers have dipped into the professional try-out (PTO) market the past few years. Last year, the Oilers signed right wing Alex Chiasson and defenceman Jason Garrison after they came to camp on a PTO. Scottie Upshall was also on a PTO, but wasn’t healthy enough to warrant a contract. The year before, Chris…

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Should Evan Bouchard play in the NHL in 2019-20?

The Oilers have been rightfully criticized for rushing prospects over the past decade. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were first-overall picks and ready for the NHL. Nail Yakupov was another first-overall pick, but he could have used more time either in junior or the KHL. But first overall picks almost always play right away. The…