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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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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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Monday Musings: Scouting Staff

Ken Holland hired Archie Henderson as director of pro scouting and Tyler Wright as director of amateur scouting on Friday. Henderson worked with Holland for four years in Detroit, while Wright spent six years In Detroit. They are familiar with each other, but both have worked for other organizations. The Oilers amateur scouting has been…

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3 Questions Heading Into the Summer Dead Zone

As the summer rolls on and NHL rosters start to take shape, I find myself wondering (again) what the plan is here in Edmonton. This time around, I look at the top-six, cashing in on the low cost bets, and that damned Jesse Puljujarvi situation.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 2018-19 Season in Review

We continue our trek through the 2019 offseason, putting the disappointing, anger-inducing, expletive-filled 2018-19 season behind us. But, even in the darkest, coldest, scariest tunnels there are always at least a handful of diamonds to pick out and flee with to a brighter day. One of those diamonds from the rough past season is the…

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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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The Pacific Division isn’t getting any weaker

Ken Holland has taken a conservative approach in his first summer as the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. There’s still time left for him to change the roster, but rather than talking about what he has done, hasn’t done, or might do, let’s look at what everybody else in the Pacific Division has been…

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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…

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About Benson

Based on what people in the know say about him, I don’t think there’s a lot of doubt that Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Tyler Benson is going to be an NHL player. With a terrific rookie season playing for the Bakersfield Condors in the books, the only real question is when. Might it be this coming…