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Tobias Rieder and his road traveled home

Tobias Rieder was a steal of a pick for the Edmonton Oilers when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He had just come off a season in which he notched 49 points in 65 games and played in both the U-20 and U-18 tournaments. The U-18 tournament saw…

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High/Low: The Top Six Wingers

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over the…

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Yamamoto and the Slide Rule

The NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is over 500 pages, with hundreds of different rules and definitions. Many of them require multiple readings to comprehend, and many have multiple bullet points outlining different scenarios covering contracts, free agency, waivers, grievances, insurance, rosters and much more. One unique rule is the entry-level slide rule, and young…

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The Bounce: Oscar Klefbom

Patience is a virtue when it comes to waiting on prospects to develop. History tells us that’s especially true – the reality is it’s much easier to talk about than to actually put into practice — when it comes to bringing along young defencemen looking to establish themselves in the NHL. It’s been no different…

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Saturday Sunshine: Con-Air Flight

It’s been a fun time venturing through the Saturday Sunshine article series with you. This new idea to try and bring a little positivity to the pages of Oilersnation has been exciting but I feel as though, to this point, we’ve been ignoring the brightest sunshine of all. So let us sit back, enjoy the…

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It looks like a bridge deal is coming for Darnell Nurse

Yesterday, Jim Matheson posted an interview with Darnell Nurse’s agent, Anton Thun, that talked about Darnell Nurse’s next contract and it gave us a pretty good idea of what’s likely to happen. In his agent’s own words, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Darnell put pen to paper on a long-term deal but rather…

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High/Low: The Centres

Barring a shocking trade or a minor free agent signing, the Oilers roster we see now will be the same one we see come September. With minimal changes to the roster, it’s clear that the organization is banking on some best-case scenarios from multiple players this year in order to return to the playoffs. Over…

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Who’s the Trigger Man?

Let’s just cut to the chase. The Oilers power-play suck last season. I mean I’ve seen power-plays suck before but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked. When you have access to the best player in the world and finish with a power-play efficiency of 14.8% you should be embarrassed.