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Skipping School

We’ll keep calling it the McDavid factor until someone else comes up with something catchy. He’s been the catalyst for sweeping changes in Oil Country. Even before being drafted he was responsible for the end of the Glory Days Oilers in management and the turnaround in respectability that the Oilers experienced. He’s unquestionably the reason…

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Edmonton Oilers pass on buyout window

Tuesday was the last day to place players on unconditional waivers prior to a buyout, and the Oilers passed on the opportunity, meaning that the obvious candidates for severance will either have to be moved in some other manner or will be around next season. And that’s just fine.

Connor McDavid and the value of superstars

One of the recurring themes in the comments section here is that the Oilers need to make sure they have the necessary cap space to re-sign Connor McDavid when his contract expires. It’s a valid point; obviously if things go as the Oilers hope the team will have to juggle the contracts of several outstanding…

CONNOR MCDAVID: CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED

Connor McDavid as a prospect has been on the radar for a long time. Everyone knew he was special, but there’s a rather large range of possible outcomes when we talk about 15-year old whiz kids. Is he good? Very good? Exceptional? Generational? The answer should always be ‘too soon to know’ but in McDavid’s…

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Part two, if you will, with Taylor Hall

I interviewed Taylor Hall for a feature piece that ran in the Edmonton Journal yesterday. I wasn’t able to include all of his thoughts in one article. I had to leave out some good comments, but I wanted to share the remainder of our conversation. Today, Hall shares some more insight into Todd McLellan as a coach, but I…

CONNOR MCDAVID: FIRST BLUSH

The first time I heard the name Connor McDavid, it came in a sentence including the word “exceptional” and nothing has changed since that day.

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

One week ago, we were comparing Dylan Strome to Noah Hanifin, talking about small steps next season and trying to figure out the real meaning of 11.5%. This Friday? Absolutely insane.

WORDS AND MUSIC ON CONNOR MCDAVID

The draft lottery means there’s a lot more focus (among Oilers fans) on Connor McDavid. We all know he’s touched by God, this is a young man who was famous early on. We’ve seen the video, heard the words, cheered at the World Juniors. How much do we know about Connor McDavid beyond the hype?

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Oilers Christmas Carol Contest

It’s that time of year everybody! Time to max out your credit cards, flirt dangerously close with alcohol poisoning, and of course, sing Oilers related Christmas carols! We put out a call to all our Facebook friends to come up with their best Oilers themed carols and here are your top 5! Vote in the polls…

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THE HUNT FOR CONNOR MCDAVID

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Brad Hunt from the minors this morning. The club is looking for ways to improve their 5×4 play and it’s likely they consider Hunt’s shot from the point the best available in the organization. The recall brings us many questions, including: Where does Martin Marincin fit in with this organization?…

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Many things need to change

It is December 2nd, and once again the Oilers’ hope of a playoff spot is officially over. The Oilers have accumulated a paltry 16 points in their first 25 games. They would need 76 points over their final 57 games to reach 92 points, the current pace for 8th place in the west. It isn’t…