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Klefbom the Key?

Oscar Klefbom has emerged as the Oilers #1 defenceman. He isn’t one of the top-15 #1 defenders in the game yet, but he took a big step this season and he will need to play a major role if the Oilers expect to have playoff success. Klefbom played the most minutes for the Oilers this…

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Benning or Gryba?

For a very large portion of the season, one of the best and most surprising stories was Matthew Benning. The first year pro player that Peter Chiarelli lured away from the Bruins (fair trade off for the second round pick we lost if you ask me) has exceeded all of my expectations. However, questions remain…

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THE WAY I SEE IT: OILERS IN 5

When I picked the Edmonton Oilers to upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2006 playoffs, a lot of people questioned whether I’d taken leave of my senses. With good reason, too, as the Red Wings were clearly the superior team during the 2005-06 regular season. Even so, when I looked…

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Can the Oilers Keep Going?

The Oilers are back in the playoffs. It finally happened, but how? Edmonton has had an almost perfect season, and they are playing their best hockey at the most important time. Will they be able to carry their play into the second round?

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Mailbag Monday – Are You Worried About Defensive Depth?

Happy Monday, fine citizens. May your day go by quickly and the faces of your co-workers go un-punched. Here is another edition of the Mailbag to help you kill off some company time, and give you an opportunity to learn something at the same time. Magic, right? As always, this feature is completely dependent on…

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The Assembly Line

In a perfect world an NHL team’s amateur procurement and development system works like an assembly line. It’s something the Oilers have been hit-and-miss with up front, but pretty good at in recent years on their blue line. At any given point in time, there should be prospects at various stages of development, which we…

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Thank You, Nation! The #RIPDOD Party is Sold Out

As you guys know, we’re throwing our biggest party ever at the Pint Downtown presented by Cornerstone Insurance and we sold out again because of your amazing support. As you know, we donate proceeds from our parties to charity and the Alberta Alzheimer’s Society couldn’t be more excited to put this money to good use….

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JIGSAW PUZZLE

The Edmonton Oilers signed one of their draft picks today, college defenseman William Lagesson. We’re going to be looking at a far different 50-man list in late summer and the turnover has already begun. These information pieces trickle in, often as rumor. Anton Lander heading to the KHL? Ziyat Paigin coming over? Slowly but surely,…

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Lucic Delivers

“Even if you throw the three goals out, his physicality, his ability to keep plays alive, I thought he was tremendous. We’re lucky to have him at this time of the year. This is exactly what we brought him in for,” said Todd McLellan on Milan Lucic. Lucic was a force in the biggest game…

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Future Free Agents: Nick Bonino

Before the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup run, Nick Bonino was largely known as a guy who seems to be thrown into big trades. In 2014, the Canucks acquired him from the Ducks in a deal for Ryan Kesler. A year later, he was moved by the Canucks to the Penguins for Brandon Sutter. But after…

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Throwback Thursday: This Week in Hockey History

History buffs rejoice! Lads and gals who just want to kill some work time, also rejoice! We’ve got a brand new feature for you where I’m gonna hit you with the raddest hockey stuff that’s gone down in history on teams across The Nation Network. Now you can march around the office all day dropping these…