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JIGSAW PUZZLE

The Edmonton Oilers signed one of their draft picks today, college defenseman William Lagesson. We’re going to be looking at a far different 50-man list in late summer and the turnover has already begun. These information pieces trickle in, often as rumor. Anton Lander heading to the KHL? Ziyat Paigin coming over? Slowly but surely,…

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Lucic Delivers

“Even if you throw the three goals out, his physicality, his ability to keep plays alive, I thought he was tremendous. We’re lucky to have him at this time of the year. This is exactly what we brought him in for,” said Todd McLellan on Milan Lucic. Lucic was a force in the biggest game…

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Future Free Agents: Nick Bonino

Before the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup run, Nick Bonino was largely known as a guy who seems to be thrown into big trades. In 2014, the Canucks acquired him from the Ducks in a deal for Ryan Kesler. A year later, he was moved by the Canucks to the Penguins for Brandon Sutter. But after…

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Home Ice Calculations

Tomorrow’s game against the San Jose Sharks will play a major role in deciding who gets home ice advantage in the Pacific Division. Ducks: 101 points with two games remaining. (Chicago and LA) Oilers: 97 points with three games remaining. (SJ, Vancouver twice) Sharks: 97 points with two games left. (Edmonton and Calgary) The Ducks…

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Which Corporation Do I Get Mad At?

Thanks to the NHL I’m experiencing a little bit of a bummer about the 2018 Olympics. Now, I actually understand a little bit from both sides of the argument, so I’m not ready to pick a side here except for my own side as a fan. I’m getting a raw deal here. You’re getting a…

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Draisaitl: Dangerous on his own

Leon Draisaitl has 18 points during his ten-game scoring streak. Connor McDavid also has 19 points over his ten-game scoring streak. They have become the most dangerous linemates in the NHL. But Draisaitl isn’t just scoring because he’s playing with McDavid, he’s producing because he is that good. “He is so dangerous on his backhand,…

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FILIP BERGLUND’S SHL SEASON

At the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers chose two forwards (Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyler Benson) before settling in and grabbing three names from their list of available defensemen. Since Peter Chiarelli arrived in time for the 2015 draft, Edmonton has chosen a defender eight times out of 15 selections (53 percent). The new…

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No April Fools

If the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-2 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place Saturday night, a victory that has lifted them into first place in the Pacific Division with four games remaining in the stretch drive, didn’t get your blood pumping, chances are you have none.

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Help on the Farm

This is Jujhar Khaira. He is currently with the Oilers in the NHL, but not playing much. Along with Iiro Pakarinen and Anton Slepyshev, Khaira is an extra forward hanging around and waiting for injury or his turn in the rotation. It can be a difficult role, but for an NHL team having extra hands…

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Oilers Are Legit Due to Elite Players

“The Oilers wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for Talbot.” “The Oilers wouldn’t have won if McDavid didn’t play great.” These statements, especially when made by Oilers fans, make little sense to me. Cam Talbot and Connor McDavid play for the Oilers, do they not? If they play well, the Oilers chances of winning improve….

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Great Expectations

After 10 years of ineptitude and seeing the bar lowered, fans celebrated last Tuesday when the Edmonton Oilers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since their stunning run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. After the Decade of Darkness, it was overdue and to…

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The Best Moments From the Decade of Darkness

The Decade of Darkness is over. The Edmonton Oilers have clinched a playoff spot after going ten straight seasons without making the playoffs. Oilers fans have seen a lot since they saw their team lose in the Stanley Cup Finals back in 2006. Their best player requested a trade immediately following the end of the…