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Let’s Talk About Chris Kreider

In all the wreckage left from Hockey Night in Canada’s most recent Headlines segment and everything that’s followed, I feel like we’ve missed an interesting sidebar to the conversation. And that seems more than fair given everything we have caught.

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What Should the Oilers do With Kailer Yamamoto?

Kailer Yamamoto hasn’t suited up for the Oilers since their overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. That’s three healthy scratches in the Oilers’ first ten games, and it seems increasingly likely with each trip to the press box that this tour of duty might be nearing its end.

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Darnell Nurse Has Arrived

This platform has spared not a drop of digital ink musing on the future of Darnell Nurse. When we last checked in on the most likely outcome of Nurse’s career, it was none other than Jonathan Willis who pegged him as a future three or four on the Oilers blue line.

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Healthy, Motivated Ethan Bear Keen to Make the Edmonton Oilers

A veteran of a combined 314 regular season and playoff games over parts of five seasons with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, Bear has seen more than your average 20-year-old. He might be young, but one thing Bear isn’t short on is experience. ICYMI: #Oilers prospect Ethan Bear was named WHL Defenceman of the Year and…

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Dmitri Samorukov Overcoming the Difficulties of a North American Transition

When Dmitri Samorukov joined the OHL’s Guelph Storm after going second overall in the CHL Import Draft, that billing came with lofty expectations that only added to the overwhelming challenges that already accompany leaving your country at 17-years-old to play hockey halfway across the globe. Just take into account some of the obstacles that lay…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #9 – Cale Makar

There likely isn’t a more dynamic offensive defenceman in this year’s draft than Cale Makar of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. In the 53 years of the AJHL’s history, only 83 players have ever heard their name called at the NHL draft. Only three of them walked the stage in the first round,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #13 – Owen Tippett

This draft might not possess a better pure goal scorer than Owen Tippett. His combination of speed, power and a deadly shot that many consider the best in his class make him a threat to score on any shift in a number of different ways. If you’re a fan of throwback hockey, you’ll love Tippett’s game. I…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #15 – Eeli Tolvanen

Players who can score at the drop of a hat are rare, and you can count Finnish sniper Eeli Tolvanen among them. You just don’t get a nickname like “The Finnish Tarasenko” without that kind of dynamism. Tolvanen caught everyone’s attention last season with an electric performance as a 17-year-old at the U18 tournament in Grand Forks,…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #28 – Maxime Comtois

It’s hard to believe that Maxime Comtois could fall so far as he has in the space of a single season. Once a presumptive top-five pick, Comtois’ star has fallen to that of a fringe first rounder. A strong rookie season with the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres put the wind into Comtois’ draft year sails. He came…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #29 – Henri Jokiharju

When you think about the players at the forefront of the revolution currently taking NHL blue lines by storm, it’s speed, intelligence and a strong first pass as the common thread between them. Portland Winterhawks defenceman Henri Jokiharju carries these attributes in spades. The Finnish transitional defenceman joined the Winterhawks as a first round, 25th…