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HHOF 2020: Jarome and. . .

We know that Jarome Iginla is a mortal lock to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame by the selection committee in his first year of eligibility Wednesday. But what about former Edmonton Oilers’ captain Kevin Lowe, in his 20th year of eligibility, and other candidates like Theoren Fleury, Alexander Mogilny, Marian Hossa and…

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Oilers: All-Time Drafted Roster

The NHL draft lottery is this Friday. The NHL entry draft was supposed to be Friday and Saturday, but the NHL wisely decided to push it back until the 2019/2020 season is concluded. While unrestricted free agency gets more focus each summer, the draft is much more important to an organization’s long-term success. This week…

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Hart Trophy Will Become Annual Debate in Edmonton

For the fourth consecutive season, an Edmonton Oilers player will finish in the top-five of voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy. It is very likely Leon Draisaitl will be one of the three finalists for the “player judged most valuable to his team” trophy. And with Draisaitl under contract to the Oilers for at least…

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Bombshell

Even within the context of the number of shocking revelations that have made headlines across the Canadian Hockey League in years past, accusations made by Daniel Carcillo and Garrett Taylor about systemic abuse in major junior hockey as contained in a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court Thursday are nothing less than a bombshell.

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I’m worried about local sports

Today was a tough day for the local sports scene around Edmonton. The University of Alberta announced that their men’s and women’s hockey, basketball, and volleyball seasons have been shut down. It’s an unfortunate decision but it’s easy to see why it was made and sadly, I’m worried this might just be the beginning of…

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Scouting Can Be Thankless… Oilers Edition

Being an NHL amateur scout can be a thankless job. You spend countless hours in arenas, eating less-than-stellar food, driving even more hours, often in treacherous conditions, and your main task is to project which 17 or 18 year olds will be good NHL players in a few years. It is a challenge, but scouts…

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Big Decisions: The Bottom Six

With hockey on the horizon and the season likely resuming in the next six to eight weeks, I’ve decided to start taking a closer look at the Oilers lineup and dissect some of the important decisions that Head Coach Dave Tippett will have to make when putting his lineup together. Earlier in the week, I…

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About Jesse…

I’ve got to admit I hadn’t given Jesse Puljujarvi much thought since last August – even with what seemed like daily updates about his progress playing in Finland from JP Fan Club president Dustin Nielson – until yesterday. For me, it was out of sight out of mind, at least until Puljujarvi appeared to soften…