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Crowded Creases

If you head to NHL Numbers and scroll down to the bottom of the Oilers list of contracts, you’ll notice that the team has a lot of goalies under contract. Cam Talbot, Mikko Koskinen, and Al Montoya have NHL deals for next season while Laurent Brossoit is will become an unrestricted free agent. Below them,…

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The next wave of AHL Forwards

Last week I wrote about how youth and speed are taking over today’s NHL and also how important it is for teams to develop that talent themselves. The Oilers have a decent amount of high-end young talent when you look at Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and when you consider Jesse Puljujarvi and…

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Developing NHL Forwards

The NHL has shifted to a league that’s run by fast, skilled as opposed to the big, strong teams we saw win Stanley Cups over the better part of the last decade. Just look at the teams still alive in the playoffs, all of them play quick hockey that allows them to score in a…

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Trading #10

The Draft Lottery has finalized the order in which teams will select this coming June at the NHL Draft in Dallas and the Oilers slipped down to the tenth spot. Will they actually take the stage and actually pick a player at that spot? That’s far from finalized. Some think the team should hold onto…

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Oil Kings get busy on draft day

It was a very busy draft day for the Edmonton Oil Kings this year. Not only did the team hold three of the top 23 selections, but GM Randy Hansch also made three trades. For the first time in franchise history, the Oil Kings held the first overall selection. Their previous high was second overall…

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Recognizing Desperation

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Chiarelli being a desperate man who essentially has a few months to fix this franchise and save his own job. As the first round of the playoffs concluded it became clear to me that he isn’t going to be the only General Manager itching to make changes…

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The Backup Goalie Market

The list of needs for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is pretty much agreed upon by most who follow the team. They need one or two wingers, a right shot defenseman and maybe another depth forward. The other item that’s sometimes thrown on the list is a backup goalie that’s better than Al Montoya and…

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The Oilers and Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk’s birthday was a little more important this year. When the Russian sniper turned 35 years old, he officially became an unrestricted free agent. The story around Kovalchuk has been well documented. He signed a historic 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in 2010 only to walk away from it in 2013 and…

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Desperate times for a desperate man

The Oilers need to be careful not to blow things up this summer, Peter Chiarelli even said that at his year availability. They need to improve next year, no doubt about it, but they also have to be careful. They’re a team that will be tight up against the cap and with another expansion draft…

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Who had the most disappointing 2017-18 season?

2016-17 was supposed to be the beginning of a dynasty. Led by Connor McDavid, the Oilers had vaulted into a playoff spot with a 103 point regular season. When things ended in the second round, there was still a great amount of positivity around the organization. They were supposed to go even further this year. As…

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The Oilers and their RFAs

Last week I took a look at decisions the Oilers have coming with their pending unrestricted free agents, and now I want to look at their upcoming RFA forwards, where things get really interesting. The team has four pending restricted free agents and when you consider that none of them are true top-six forwards, it’s…