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Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on…

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The Many Talents of Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is really good at hockey. I mean REALLY good. You may have heard that literally hundreds of times this past year. As you can guess, a generational talent at hockey is probably good at other things too. In fact, Connor’s pretty good at a lot of things outside of hockey. The future Art…

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Hall trade: It is based on Hope

Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted the Edmonton Oilers traded away the best player in today’s Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson deal. “That’s a fair comment, if you look at just what they’ve accomplished so far in the league,” said Chiarelli. “Larsson doesn’t have the same pedigree yet, but I believe in him a lot….

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If You’re Not First, You’re Last

Embed from Getty Images We’re about two weeks away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, or as Oiler fans have become accustomed to calling it “The Most Competitive The Oilers Will Be This Calendar Year”. As Oiler fans we’re super well-versed on top 10 picks, and the first round in general. But what about those guys on…

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Speaking Of… Connor McDavid: International Stud

With Canada’s back-to-back gold medals at the World Hockey Championships this year, Connor McDavid has become the youngest player in the history of the universe at 19, to win a World Championships gold medal, a World Junior gold medal, and a U18 gold medal. He becomes just the fourth ever to win all three.

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2015-16 Oilers: The Connor McDavid Line

Connor McDavid was brilliant as a rookie in 2015-16 and anybody paying attention knows it. What many don’t realize is how much his linemates mattered, and which linemates he actually clicked with. The conventional wisdom about which players he had success with in 2015-16 is almost entirely wrong.

Last Goodbyes

Embed from Getty Images Change is coming to the Edmonton Oilers. We might not know how or who, but we know change is coming. No team can be this bad for this long and stay mostly intact. Here are five players we might be watching for the last time tonight.

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Laurent Brossoit need not be Edmonton’s backup next year

Laurent Brossoit’s late-season audition for the Edmonton Oilers’ backup job hasn’t gone especially well. He’s started five games and lost five times, with a 0.873 save percentage, and outside of a strong performance in a shootout loss to Winnipeg back in February hasn’t performed particularly well in any of those games. Fortunately for the Oilers,…

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Who other than Connor McDavid plausibly deserves the Calder Trophy?

Anyone following the Calder Trophy race this season knows that Connor McDavid’s injury has badly hurt his chances of winning as award which almost certainly would have been his otherwise. The trouble for voters is that McDavid has been so good since coming back that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to give the trophy to anyone…

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A Glance at the Blueprint?

Peter Chiarelli’s comments and actions around the trade deadline are fascinating to review for anyone with an interest in what his overall plan for the Edmonton Oilers organization is. We don’t have the full picture, by any means, but it’s little like getting a quick glance at the blueprint. Of particular interest was the general…

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What a difference a week makes

Last Monday the Oilers were shut out 3-0 in Toronto. After the game Todd McLellan challenged some of his players, and without naming names it was obvious he was referring to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. “When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really under perform on…