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Roster Realities for the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers currently have 49 players on their 50-man roster, but that is a bit misleading. Jesse Puljujarvi is the only RFA unsigned, and some people are wondering if this is the roster you will see at training camp. I don’t believe it will be.

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Changing the Pro Scouting Landscape

When an NHL team misses the playoffs in 12 of the past 13 seasons there isn’t just one person or strategy that failed. Virtually all of them did, especially when you consider only four franchises in the history of the NHL have endured such a streak of losing.

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Breaking Down the Oilers Schedule

Does the schedule impact a team’s ability to make the playoffs? Likely not very much, but if you finished in the second wildcard spot, one point ahead of the ninth place team, maybe one game where you faced a tired opponent did make the difference. We know fatigue can be a factor, but it won’t…

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At Random: The Waiting Game

The one thing we haven’t had enough of as we find ourselves smack-dab in the middle of the dog days of the NHL off-season is enough articles about what the Edmonton Oilers group of forwards and line combinations might look like next season, so I’m going to write another. Actually, no.

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Intel: Pro Scouts

There’s no real debate that the Edmonton Oilers’ record of player acquisitions by way of trades and free agent signings under former GM Peter Chiarelli was abysmal. The bad trades and free agent signings during Chiarelli’s regime speak for themselves. They also speak to a glaring deficiency in the pro scouting staff the team employed….

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Archie and Tyler

The Edmonton Oilers hiring of Archie Henderson as director of pro scouting to replace Duane Sutter isn’t exactly a headline grabber, but it provides a walk down memory lane for me — a return to a time when I was a teenager cheering my face off in the cheap seats, not somebody toting a notepad….

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Mr. Lucky

The majority of the roster spots among the Oilers forward group are completely up for grabs and that includes the most coveted spot alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Zack Kassian had a strong showing late in the season, but with a new coaching staff in place, there is no guarantee that he’ll be back…

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The Wish List: Mid-Summer Edition

With the hustle and bustle of the opening weeks of free agency now behind us it’s time to take a look at what’s left. First of all, let’s take a look at the last edition of the Wish List and where everyone ended up. As you will see, the Oilers went 0 for 10 on…

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The Wish List

With the free agency discussion period upon us, it’s time for an updated look at The Wish List. I have removed Gustav Nyquist, Kasperi Kapanen, Nik Ehlers from the list in favour of some more reasonable candidates as well as eliminating Brian Elliott after he signed with the Flyers on Thursday morning.

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Even the boys know to #KeepNugeForever

I’ll be the first to admit that this job is pretty cool. Truth be told, I feel grateful all the time that I get to hang out at Nation HQ with the boys and talk hockey with all of you guys every day. The gig can be weird, different, time consuming, stressful and everything in…

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Ryan Spooner signs in Switzerland with HC Lugano

Earlier today, word broke on Twitter that former Oiler, Ryan Spooner, had a signed a contract in the Swiss league with HC Lugano and I couldn’t help but laugh at the news… and maybe cry a little bit. If you want another reminder of how bad Peter Chiarelli was at his job then look no…

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REPORT: Milan Lucic traded to the Flames for James Neal

Well, it looks like it’s finally happened. The long-awaited divorce between Milan Lucic and the Edmonton Oilers has been completed. The Oilers have reportedly linked up on a deal with their provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames, on a deal to swap Lucic for James Neal. 

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WWYDW(TE): Scratch Tickets

Rather than spending all of his cap room to get one bonafide top-six winger, Ken Holland opted to buy himself multiple scratch tickets for the 2019-20 season. It would have been nice to acquire a sure thing to inject into one of the top two lines, but I don’t mind Holland’s logic of staying away…

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Culture

As the 2018/19 season ends for the Edmonton Oilers it might be worth taking a moment and discussing something that has been talked about a lot of late — the culture of the Edmonton Oilers and what it means to be an Oiler.

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Saying goodbye to the Nation

Just under four years ago, I started my first day working at Nation HQ as a part-time intern. The day was just five days away from when the Edmonton Oilers would select Connor McDavid first overall in the NHL entry draft, and our lives would change forever.

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GDB 19.0 Wrap-Up: Heartbreak at the Battle Royale

Oilersnation finds itself in a pickle a few times a year, when the faithful members of the site head down to Calgary for the Battle of Alberta and inevitably have to turn to their sketchy, polarizing emergency backup to write the game recap. There was some internet drama and a bit of a creative circumvention…

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GDB 1.0 Wrap-up: Can’t save ’em at the Scandinavium

Final Score: New Jersey Devils 5, Edmonton Oilers 2 Trade is one for one: Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016 THE RUNDOWN The New Jersey Devils are one of a handful of teams around the NHL that are going through an existential goaltending crisis. Starter Cory Schneider is still…

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Oilers must stop giving away what Connor McDavid creates

One of Ken Holland’s priorities includes fixing the Oilers’ bottom-six forwards. I’d go even further and extend that to the Oilers top nine. Quite simply, for every season but one in 2016-17, the Oilers without Connor McDavid on the ice have given up what McDavid’s created and then some.

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Oilers should be in on Nikita Gusev

The Vegas Golden Knights are pressed up against the cap. How does an expansion team become the most capped out team before their third season ever? Acquiring a trio of veteran forwards paid UFA value, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, and Mark Stone, as well as missing out on cheap players on entry-level contracts. Their first…

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Free Agency Leftovers

The Oilers were fairly quiet on July 1st. They stayed away from big contracts with term, but that means they also lost out on some reliable top-six forwards they desperately need. The days after July 1st weren’t busy, but some solid players remain unsigned. The Oilers might be able to scoop up a decent player…