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GDB -6.0: Changes on Defence Look Good (8pm MT, SN1)

It is difficult to evaluate individual players in the first preseason game, especially when the opposition barely plays any of their top NHL players. We’ll get to who grabbed my attention last night (please add who you liked in the comment section) in a bit, but the main thing I noticed last night was puck…

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GDB -7.0: The Battle for Jobs Begins (7pm MT)

Tonight will be the first opportunity for Oilers players to make an in-game impression for new head coach Dave Tippett. Tippett has watched them in practice, as well as those who participated in yesterday’s scrimmage, but how they fare in preseason will ultimately decide who starts the season in Edmonton. Many players have a fresh…

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Training Camp Day One

The Edmonton Oilers first group was on the ice this morning at 9:30 a.m. and Connor McDavid was among the skaters. He took part in every drill and his usual explosive speed was noticeable. He likely won’t play in the scrimmages on the weekend, and won’t play this week in preseason games, as the Oilers…

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About Persson

It’s easy to get behind a young man like Joel Persson, who took the long route to training camp with the Edmonton Oilers – he worked as a teacher with special needs children in Sweden along the way — because he’s a feel-good story.

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Slow Hand

Ken Holland was answering a question about Evan Bouchard in his availability with reporters Wednesday, but the Edmonton Oilers’ GM could have been talking about overseeing the development of any young player – Jesse Puljujarvi, for one, comes to mind. I’m guessing several other names will ring a bell with fans as well.

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Easier Said Than Done

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett pulled on his Captain Obvious cap Monday when he told reporters his team’s goals-against is going to have to get better if the Oilers expect to make the playoffs this season. Tippett could have said the exact same thing about goal differential. It’s not like they aren’t connected.

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Targets in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Lightning have emerged as one of the teams in the mix for Jesse Puljujarvi, who scored in his Champions League debut with Kalpa on Friday.

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TEN TIDBITS: Jesse Puljujarvi Edition

Another chapter was added to the story of Jesse Puljujarvi on Tuesday when the 4th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft signed a one-year deal with Karpat in the SM-Liiga. The deal Puljujarvi signed will allow him to return to the NHL prior to December 1st if a trade is made or the player…

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Monday Mailbag – Darnell Nurse’s next contract

It’s that wonderful time again, dear friends. A fall chill is in the air, training camp is underway, and a brand new NHL season is nearly upon us. As always, the mailbag is back and we’re answering the questions you have leading into the 2019-20 season and beyond. As always, our panel of experts bloggers…

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Edmonton Oilers officially announce third jerseys

After a month of speculation as a result of the leaked images that surfaced on Twitter, the Edmonton Oilers have officially announced their alternate jerseys for the upcoming season via their social media accounts. The #Oilers, @NHL & @adidashockey present our #adizero Alternate Jersey for the 2019-20 season! Fusing sport & culture, this special-edition jersey…

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There won’t be a lockout for at least another three seasons

As NHL fans, we know all too well that there’s always the looming threat of a lockout around the corner. Today, we got some good news on that front. According to Chris Johnston, the NHL Players’ Association has decided not to opt-out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, ensuring there won’t be a work stoppage…

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WWYDW(SE): The Defencemen

The Oilers took to the ice on Friday to officially begin training camp. On Monday, they’ll play their first game of the pre-season against the Winnipeg Jets. Hockey is officially back. Last week, I took a look at the group of forwards who will be competing for roster spots and playing time on the Oilers…

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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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Oilers newcomers adjusting to North American ice as preseason approaches

This offseason, the Edmonton Oilers took a few chances on some European free agents signing Joakin Nygard and Gaetan Haas. Combining those two with Oilers rookie Joel Persson, who also played last year in Europe, the team has three players brand new to the North American ice boasting a smaller rink than that across the…

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Thanks, Pete

As the days go by, and new contracts are signed for the NHL’s young superstars, I can’t help but say one thing. Thanks, Pete.

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‘Elite’ Evan Bouchard impressing early

In drafting Evan Bouchard in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft 10th overall, the team took a player who they knew would be a contributor for a long time. In a brief showing last year, he began to display some of those assets that Oilers fans want to see.

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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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Bumbling Connor McDavid’s early years attracts attention

Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl attended the Biosteel camp ahead of NHL training camps. McDavid didn’t skate at the camp, while Draisaitl answered some questions about Jesse Puljujarvi’s desire to be traded and signing in Finland. This spawned an article from Cathal Kelly in The Globe and Mail about McDavid’s lack of…