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The Forge

The Edmonton Oilers are five wins away from reaching the 2017 Stanley Cup final. The next win, of course, is the most important and it will have to come against the Anaheim Ducks in California on Wednesday. It’s been a thrill ride, one that picked up even more pace in Sunday’s 7-1 drubbing of the…

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DRAFT PLUS THREE

On draft day 2014, the Edmonton Oilers were looking at a fairly bleak draft board. The club held the No. 3 overall pick, but had traded their second-round selection to the St. Louis Blues in the David Perron deal and the third rounder to Los Angeles for Ben Scrivens. So, entering draft weekend, Craig MacTavish…

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Draisaitl Dominates Ducks

Leon Draisaitl scored six goals and eight points in five regular season games against the Anaheim Ducks, and he’s continued to feast on them in the playoffs. He has 13 points in six games, including four points in game one and a five-point effort in game six last night. His domination of the Ducks has…

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DRAFT PLUS TWO

The Edmonton Oilers knew going in to the 2015 draft it was like no other. In choosing Connor McDavid No. 1 overall, the franchise was guaranteed a better day and it has come to pass. The 2015 draft was also touted as being one of the deepest of the century, and we’ve seen evidence of…

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DRAFT PLUS ONE

We are (pretty much) through the season for prospects, so it’s time to look back on the year and see about progress. I believe a team needs to wait five years after a draft before giving up on a player, and recent development timelines by Brandon Davidson and Tyler Pitlick suggests six or more may…

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PLAYOFF DRAMA

For the first time in the 2017 NHL Playoffs (which the Oilers are in for the 1st time in 11 years btw) we find ourselves trailing in the second round (meaning we got past the 1st) and people be TRIPPIN! Since when does an NHL record for collapse mean we panic around these parts?

NHL Review System needs an Overhaul

“After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse caused Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler to contact Talbot before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, “that the goal…

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Future Free Agents: Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton is a free agent. You know what team means? It’s time to speculate whether or not his time in San Jose is over or not. This is a narrative we’ve heard for years, but after the team went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, it’s even more difficult than ever to imagine Thornton…

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Finding McDavid’s Shooter

Connor McDavid scored 100 points this season, with Patrick Maroon and Leon Draisaitl as his wingers. Although both wingers clearly have good chem with 97, neither man is a volume shooter. Plenty of brilliant chances are not finding net, and I believe one of Peter Chiarelli’s main shopping items this summer will be a first-person…

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House Money

The Oilers are tied 2-2 in their series with the Ducks. They fly back to Anaheim and play a best of three to decide who advances to the Western Conference Finals. Oilers fans have heard ad nauseam about their team not making the playoffs for a decade and finally return to relevant hockey in April,…