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Oilers Young Stars Game Two: Battle of Alberta

    Oilers PK flattens to 1-3 formation. Craig (90, right) to close lane if he gets middle lane containment from forward. Weak-side forward is loose, but Flames line change leaves him without a job at the moment.  The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I’m judging your team and bringing you…

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Oilers Young Stars Game One: The Tkachev Show

The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I’m judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.  The Oilers kicked things off against the local Canucks in dominant fashion, using their forecheck to take a 1st period lead on the shot clock 17-3. It was the Oilers’…

Young Stars Tournament: Oilers Preview

#451347286 / gettyimages.com The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I’ll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year’s wrap-up piece here. The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I’ll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my insides…

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Systems Analysis: Different Looks at the Swarm

Game one between Winnipeg and Edmonton offers us an edu-taining systems battle. Without the puck, both teams use what is broadly called a ‘swarm’ system, but each team employs it very differently. Inside we’ll talk about what a swarm is and why it’s used, and then examine some practice video and still images to see…

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Young Stars Tournament: Oilers show structure in final game

The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They’re judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box. The Oilers played their final game of the tournament against a stripped-down Canucks team that put Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, and Jordan Subban in the seats…

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Young Stars Tournament Day One: Oilers Disorganized

Photo by Darren Kirby  The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They’re judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box. Calgary had an impressive showing throughout the game, and it would be hard to imagine a more one-sided game through the first…