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22 points for Lucic?

It’s my favourite time of the year, point prediction season. I’m a junkie. If I could roll up the Hockey News Ultimate Pool Guide and smoke it, I would. If there was a way to snort the Sports Forecaster I’d be high every single day. I will buy every magazine on the shelf and any…

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Hot Takes – August Edition

Dishing out another round of Hot Takes at the tail end of a heat wave just seems right. Here are a few scalding hot opinions to keep you warm on a rather cool Sunday.

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The Fringe Five

With my 20 in 20 Line Combination Extravaganza now behind us it’s time to deal with the logical next step. From what I can gather 22 spots on the Oilers 17-18 roster are pretty much already spoken for.

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

This is it, the final piece in my Line Combination Extravaganza. Now I know what Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale felt like as they put the finishing touches on Back to the Future III. I actually really liked the third installment of Back To The Future, not as much as I enjoyed Indiana Jones and…

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Pontus Aberg Stuck In No Man’s Land

For a player (more specifically, a winger) looking to establish himself as a legitimate NHL regular, there may not be a better opportunity anywhere in the league than here in Edmonton. Enter, Pontus Aberg. There is a glorious opportunity sitting right in front of Aberg. He’s a member of one of the thinnest groups of…

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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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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…

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20 in 20: A Line Combination Extravaganza

So when you hop online looking for your Oilers fix in late July what are you hoping to find? Don’t worry, I know what you need. I have what you need. Over the next 20 days, I will dish out 20 possible line combinations for the Oilers when they drop the puck at the beginning…

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Who’s the Trigger Man?

Let’s just cut to the chase. The Oilers power-play suck last season. I mean I’ve seen power-plays suck before but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked. When you have access to the best player in the world and finish with a power-play efficiency of 14.8% you should be embarrassed.

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Hot Takes – July Edition

There’s nothing better than putting together a post-draft/free agency instalment of Hot Takes. Enjoy, or don’t. As a special treat this month I’ve included one Back To The Future quote in this article, first person to find it wins nothing.

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Good News/Bad News

On the surface, the Tobias Rieder signing is nothing but good news for the Oilers. Peter Chiarelli found a player who fits his team’s needs, a player he now has under control, for a very reasonable price. As Chiarelli noted on Sunday Rieder can play both wings, providing Todd McLellan with even more line-up flexibility. …