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DRAFT PLUS FIVE

The 2012 entry draft was a low period for the Edmonton Oilers at the draft table. It should have been the best of times, as the club won the draft lottery. However, the scouting staff was divided on who to take No. 1 overall, and forces above their pay grade interfered in the process. Mark…

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Top 100 Oilers: Jason Smith (20)

Jason Smith was tough as nails and mean as hell and he had the pain threshold of a cadaver. Smith had the biggest heart and the ugliest feet I have ever seen in a National Hockey League dressing room, and if there was a record kept for the number of ice bags a player has…

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These Oilers, Those Penguins

After a decade of darkness, the Oilers had an excellent season, winning 47 games, beating the San Jose Sharks in the first round, and coming within one win of advancing to the Western Conference Final. Back in September, if you had asked most people in Edmonton what they wanted out of this season, they would…

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DRAFT PLUS FOUR

The idea that waiting five years after a draft to assess each selection makes sense based on history. For defenseman, it counts double, as playing the position is a bloody difficult thing to do. Even very good defenders can look foolish against a creative opponent, and there are dozens of sorties to defend each game….

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A Letter to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

With the 2016-17 season in the books, I wanted to take a minute to write a letter to my beloved Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to give him some homework and words of inspiration to take into the summer. 

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Trade Jordan Eberle

Trade Jordan Eberle. If I’ve heard that once over the last two months, I’ve heard it 100 times. The complaints by those who’d like to see Eberle and the horse he rode in on shipped out of town have reached a crescendo in the wake of the Edmonton Oilers being eliminated in Game 7 at…

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Should the Edmonton Oilers extend Kris Russell?

2016-17 Edmonton Oilers: No. 4 RD Kris Russell One of the biggest questions facing the Edmonton Oilers this summer is whether or not they should re-sign Kris Russell, who was brought in on a one-year stopgap deal and played important minutes for the team in 2016-17. The answer to that question is not something we’re…

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An Abrupt End

The playoffs can be cruel. In a blink of an eye the Oilers 2017 playoffs ended in Anaheim. Oilers fans were completely engrossed with playoff fever, but suddenly you woke up and the season was over. In an instant, the great ride Oilersnation endured is over. Now the focus turns to the expansion draft, the…

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The Inescapable Conclusion

There will be plenty of time to look back at this profoundly joyous season. We’ll do that later when we have time. We’ll break down trades and signings as they happen. There will be a time to examine what went wrong in the playoffs in the coming days and weeks. This article isn’t about any…

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POST-SEASON EXPANSION LIST

The Edmonton Oilers now look forward to summer and there will be changes. Peter Chiarelli has made roster improvements each of the last two summers, there are fewer holes this time and enormous deals are (probably) a thing of the past. One of the early items, and a big one, is the expansion draft. With…