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WWYDW(FE): Giving Pistol Pete the Keys

The trade deadline is on the horizon and the Oilers are thoroughly in the mix for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Given what we know about the organization’s overwhelming desire to ensure a playoff appearance, the Oilers would have to put together a monumental collapse over the next 15 games prior to the…

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WWYDW: All-Star Game or NHL Draft?

Wait, doesn’t Cam Lewis (aka Coom) usually write the “What Would You Do Wednesday” piece? Yes, he usually does but this week our bosses decided that my idea was better so they’ve given Coom the old “Brandon Manning” and sent him to the press box this week. My inspiration for this week’s edition of WWYDW…

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WWYDW (FE): Secondary Scoring

Welcome, friends, to a Friday edition of WWYDW. It’s the weekly feature that throws out an idea to you the reader and it’s up to you to come up with a solution This week, I wanted to talk about the seemingly endless problem of secondary scoring and what you guys would do to fix it,…

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WWYDW(FE): Reinforcements

The Oilers are mired in a four-game losing streak and they currently sit on the outside of the playoffs looking in. The team is currently riddled with injuries, as Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell’s missing presence has made the blueline paper thin. To compound matters, Alex Chiasson left Thursday night’s loss against Vancouver after getting…

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WWYDW(TE): Fixing the power play

The Oilers have had a disappointing last few days, dropping back-to-back games against the Canucks and Blues, two teams you’d expect them to beat. I wouldn’t say Edmonton was thoroughly outplayed in either game but a big part of both losses was poor special teams.

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WWYDW: Navigating Klefbom’s injury

The Oilers had a great game against Colorado on Tuesday night, but the night was spoiled by the loss of Oscar Klefbom. After the game, it was revealed Klefbom will miss “weeks” due to a broken finger, which is obviously a massive blow to the Oilers.

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WWYDW(TE): The 32-team NHL

The worst-kept secret in hockey got made official earlier this week. The NHL’s Board of Governors unanimously voted in favour of Seattle joining the league for the 2021-22 season.

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WWYDW: Reclamation Projects

A few days ago, the Arizona Coyotes gave up on a couple of former top prospects and the Chicago Blackhawks decided to take a gamble on them thriving after a change of scenery. The Hawks sent solid young winger Nick Schmaltz to the Coyotes for former first-round picks Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini.

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WWYDW: Making a GM change

Todd McLellan took the fall for Peter Chiarelli earlier this week. Don’t get me wrong, McLellan wasn’t without fault — his line blending made it difficult for the team to find chemistry and stability and he failed to help some prospects take the next step — but it’s fair to say he was set up…

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WWYDW: Organizing the McDrai lineup

With the Oilers mired in a four-game losing skid, Todd McLellan went back to old reliable. He paired up the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, loading the top line with the team’s top two weapons.

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WWYDW: The Goalies (short- and long-term)

Through 11 games, we’ve seen two versions of Cam Talbot and Mikko Koskinen just once. The Oilers have rolled with Cm Talbot in 10 of 11 games thus far and he’s put up a handful of good starts and some bad ones too while Koskinen has only been given one chance to play.