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DILLON SIMPSON TO THE SHOW

Early this evening, Dillon Simpson played in his first NHL game. It marked another hurdle cleared for a young defenseman who has made consistent progress over the 5+ seasons since his draft day. From a pre-draft scouting report that pointed out he was a ‘sluggish’ skater through today, Dillon Simpson has never been a sure…

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Searching for consistency

The Oilers find themselves in first place in the Pacific division, although San Jose has three games in hand and is one point behind, yet they have only won five of 12 games versus the eight weakest teams in the NHL. The Oilers are 9-6-1 versus the top 21 teams in the standings. It seems…

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The Edmonton Oilers without Connor McDavid on the ice

  iEmbed from Getty Images   The Oilers rely a lot on Connor McDavid. That much isn’t a secret. McDavid leads the team in ice-time and is fifth in the entire NHL for forwards, along with having a 12-point lead on the next highest scorer on his team. It’s safe to say McDavid is a massively important part…

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McDavid: Is 100 points possible?

In the 100 years of NHL hockey only 106 players have scored 100 points in a season, and they have done it a total of 272 times. Of those 106 players, 47 of them did it once, 21 reached it twice and only 38 players have managed 100 points three times or more. Wayne Gretzky…

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LIGHTS, CONNOR, ACTION . . .

So, how do you think Connor McDavid spent the end of his first day as the captain of the Edmonton Oilers? Out on the town celebrating with friends or teammates? Doing interviews with various national media outlets? You’d think so, but no.

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Adam Larsson: Defensive stalwart

Adam Larsson was drafted fourth overall in 2011. He played 65 games with the Devils as an 18-year-old rookie in 2011/2012. He then split the next two season between the AHL (66 games) and the NHL (63 games), before becoming an NHL regular again the past two seasons. The Oilers acquired him this summer in…

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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.