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The New Second Line

The 2016-17 season has been a breakthrough year for the Edmonton Oilers as a team, but at the individual level a number of veterans have had underwhelming years. That includes all three members of the club’s current second line: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. There’s been a shift the last few weeks, though,…

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Monday Musings: Playoffs

Last Monday the Oilers were nine points up on ninth place Los Angeles and the Kings had a game in hand. Today, they are ten points ahead of the Kings and both have 17 games remaining. The playoffs are coming, and after a decade outside the dance, it is time we look at what some young…

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Monday Mailbag – Grading Chiarelli’s Trade Deadline

Can you believe that we’re in March already? It’s strange to think about the fact that we’re coming down the home stretch with light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know what to do with my hands. Draft related sadness is a story that we’ve seen many times before, but there hasn’t been…

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Leon Draisaitl, Jack of all Trades?

Even without a real third line centre this year, Todd McLellan and his staff kept bumping Leon Draisaitl over to right wing on the Edmonton Oilers’ top line. At the deadline, the Oilers brought a legitimate candidate in to fill that third line role in David Desharnais. Thus it seemed like a logical assumption that…

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EPISODE 16: OSCARS FT DEADLINE DAY FT THE WEEKND

Since it launched last fall, the Real Life Podcast has had a long and troubled history with the law and specifically the law in Edmonton where the show is recorded. First, there was the time Strudwick showed up at Little Brick to record during the Christmas Break when the cafe was closed to the public. Wanye…

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Monday Mailbag – How do I Survive a Playoff Run?

Whether you’re killing company time, or laying in bed in your Garth Brooks pyjamas, the mailbag is here to help you make a dent in your Monday. Whether you’re doing everything you can to avoid being productive until it’s time to leave or watching the clock until it’s socially acceptable to drink, I’m just happy that…

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WWYDW: Trade Deadline Rental What-If

(Photo credit: Billy Hurst/USA Today Sports) We are now just a week away from the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline. With that in mind, for this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we thought we’d look at some of the rental options potentially available to the Oilers.

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Monday Mailbag – What Will Scouts see in Pouliot?

Here we are on another pantless long-weekend Monday, but this time we look to avoid spending time with loved ones as opposed to pretending to be busy at work. With the trade deadline just around the corner, you need to prepare yourself as best you can and that includes absorbing the wisdom that’s waiting for…

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The McDavid Effect

  Embed from Getty Images   How big of an influence can one single player have on an NHL team? I went to Edmonton to get the answer – and met it at the airport. Here is the story of how Connor McDavid’s quick journey to the top has made the Edmonton Oilers an NHL…

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Monday Mailbag – Solving the Secondary Scoring Problem

  The weekend is over, you’re back at work, and you need a way to kill some time. I get it, and I’m here to help. As always, I present you with another edition of the Monday Mailbag to help guide you through those workplace lulls. The mailbag only works because of you guys, and if…