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The five Oilers players that have improved the most under Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson, and the one that still needs to improve

It’s practically undeniable that coaching was previously a concern for the Edmonton Oilers. Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson’s impact on Edmonton’s roster has been significantly positive. Ever since their hirings, the Edmonton Oilers rank 3rd in the league in points, with a 19-7-3 record, and a points percentage of 70.7%. They did lose in a…

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How good is Darnell Nurse?

For the Edmonton Oilers, this past summer was quite the busy one. Their off-season was filled with moves that sparked countless debates and arguments, such as the Duncan Keith trade, the Warren Foegele/Ethan Bear deal on Free Agency Day, etc. Roughly a week later, Edmonton came to terms with defenceman Darnell Nurse on a maximum…

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How newly-acquired players Brett Kulak and Derick Brassard can impact the Oilers

Ever since the Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson hirings, things look much more positive and encouraging for the Edmonton Oilers. Under Woodcroft and Manson, the Oilers possess a record of 13-6-2, largely due to a significant improvement in their 5v5 performance. Since February 10, at 5v5, Edmonton ranks: 6th in shot attempt differential (54.2%) 3rd…

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Some thoughts on Edmonton’s crowded LD situation, and why their decision to play Smith over Skinner could cost them a playoff spot

The 2021-22 season has undoubtedly been an eventful one for the Edmonton Oilers. They currently sit 4th in the Pacific Division and 9th in the Western Conference; in other terms, they’re currently outside of a playoff spot. Ken Holland’s poor roster-building is the most significant reason for this, alongside the dreadful performance of Mike Smith….

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How Connor McDavid has significantly improved his defensive play

 Around the hockey world, it’s essentially unanimous that Connor McDavid is the most dynamic offensive player in the NHL.  After all, he’s consistently near or at the top of the NHL scoring race, season in and out, with dazzling highlight-reel goals or assists every couple of games. His brilliant combination of speed, agility, skill, play-making,…