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Can the Oilers powerplay be better next season?

Last season, the Oilers powerplay was actually pretty good. They ranked 9th in powerplay percentage, 13th in powerplay goals scored, and 16th in shorthanded goals against. It’s hard to complain about the season they had, but I will. The team only had four players (Draisaitl, McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, and Chiasson) score more than two powerplay goals…

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Weekly Rumours – Could the trade market heat up?

A day late, but regardless, I’m here to deliver some of the most interesting rumours from around the NHL! Is it the middle of August? Yup! But this offseason has been a very busy one and with teams still looking to either shake up their roster a little bit or simply get cap compliant, I…

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Oil Kings Summer Recap

As expected it was a busy summer for GM Kirt Hill and the Edmonton Oil Kings. Coming off a rather improbable run to the WHL’s Eastern Conference Championship, the team lost a lot of key contributors over the last few months.

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Three ways I would change the NHL

Yesterday, Jason Gregor wrote a great piece on the idea of the NHL changing the draft age to 19. I really like that idea and it’s one of those topics that gets brought up almost every offseason. I honestly believe it’s only a matter of time until the league decides to make that change. While…

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Is Ken Holland done for the summer?

It’s the quietest part of the summer, which was exactly what I was saying last week before the Oilers made their big splash, but moves at this point of the offseason are few and far between. The Neal for Lucic swapped really got Oilersnation amped up for next season and has a lot of fans…

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Dissecting the Oilers Forwards

The Oilers need an answer. This summer they signed a lot of bottom-six players to short-term, low-risk contracts and that really complicated a bottom-six that already had a lot of players competing for jobs. I like the idea of competition for bottom-six jobs, it’s what good organizations do on a routine basis, the only issue…

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Weekly Rumours – A big July trade?

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for me to take a look around the NHL, dig up some piping hot rumours, and talk about how they could affect the Oilers! Of course, it’s the middle of July, so naturally, things are a little quiet around the league but regardless, there are still some interesting…

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What could the Oilers do a year from now?

There’s a pocket of Oilers fans who appear to be frustrated with Ken Holland’s lack of activity during the offseason. I understand that to an extent because looking at the team on paper, it looks very similar to the group that they had to start last season, minus a competent third line centre. A little…

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Weekly Rumours – Puljujarvi, a trade, and the Canucks

The middle of July is not exactly prime time when it comes to rumour talk around the NHL. Most executives and players are out at their cabins, enjoying what little offseason they get before things ramp up once again. Thankfully, Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent is continuing to talk to the media and we got both a…