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Sitting Down with Craig Boa

If there’s one thing that we love as much as the Oilers it’s looking fresh, and that’s where Craig Boa comes in. Not only is Craig keeping the Nation (and the Oilers) looking good, his barbershop ‘Weekly’ has just signed on to be an official NationGear retailer. Basically what I’m telling you is that after…

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WWYDW: All those young, left-shooting defencemen

Edmonton’s crop of young defencemen is pretty impressive. Darnell Nurse is having an impact as a rookie, Oscar Klefbom is back to being a tent-pole player after a tough start to the year, and Brandon Davidson has been shockingly good. Griffin Reinhart is in the minors at the moment, but he’ll certainly be back. The…

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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…

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WWYDW: A Professional Tryout for Mike Richards

Edmonton’s depth at centre is not good at the moment. With Connor McDavid on the shelf long-term, Edmonton has been employing all of Mark Letestu, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller at centre; that trio has now combined for 42 games but not a single even-strength point. With that in mind, does it make sense for…

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WWYDW: Which Oilers defencemen should be in the long-term plans?

The Edmonton Oilers have used nine defencemen already this season, but unfortunately for the club the old pattern of having quantity but not quality is producing similar results as it has in previous years. In today’s edition of WWYDW, we ask which defencemen our readers would be inclined to keep for next season, and which…

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WWYDW: The Edmonton Oilers’ Centre Depth Chart

Confirmation came Wednesday morning of Oilers’ fans worst fears. Connor McDavid, who has so spectacularly lived up to incredible hype in the early part of his NHL career, is going to miss months after breaking his collarbone. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask how Todd McLellan should proceed from…

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Sitting Down with Jay Onrait

Whether you know him from his time at TSN, FS1, or as the highlight guy from Global Saskatoon, Jay Onrait has certainly been a part of your sports life at one point or another. Jay Onrait has a new book (available now) and to help promote he was willing to spend a few minutes chatting with…

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It’s a Weird Science

Head Coach Todd McLellan blended the lines at practice, just one game into the season, to try to find better chemistry. From what I’ve seen so far though preseason and game one, it’s a good move.

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Connor McDavid and the threat of Antoine Roussel

Paul Bissonnette took the hard road to the NHL, earning more than 200 games in the majors primarily through his pugilistic abilities. An outspoken and popular presence online, Bissonnette recently responded to a question about the relationship between Luke Gazdic and Connor McDavid, and offered an intriguing defence of the necessity of Edmonton’s enforcer. We can…

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Found Money

The prospects who get drafted are the ones who work hard, produce well and have the dimensions that NHL clubs want. It’s an uphill battle even for the players whom an NHL club has already put their stamp of approval on — they won’t all make the NHL. Then there are the ones who didn’t get…

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Protecting Connor McDavid

It took all of one game for questions about the Edmonton Oilers’ ability to protect Connor McDavid to surface. It wasn’t a regular season game, which would have been too much to hope for, but I had been optimistic that we’d at least be able to wait until the preseason before the inevitable hair-pulling about…

Is There Room for Gazdic?

Luke Gazdic is the most skilled Oilers forward when it comes to fisticuffs, but if he is going to be a regular in the lineup he’ll need to be more than just a fighter. Gazdic lost a few pounds — not that he was too heavy, he simply wanted to get leaner and quicker. But…