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WWYDW(SE): The 23-man roster

Prior to yesterday’s game, the Oilers made a big round of cuts, placing four players on waivers and sending nine others directly down to AHL Bakersfield. With the beginning of the regular season under two weeks away, we’re starting to get a good idea of what the Oilers’ opening night roster will look like.

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WWYDW(SE): The Defencemen

The Oilers took to the ice on Friday to officially begin training camp. On Monday, they’ll play their first game of the pre-season against the Winnipeg Jets. Hockey is officially back. Last week, I took a look at the group of forwards who will be competing for roster spots and playing time on the Oilers…

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WWYDW(SE): The Forwards

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour, and there are actual, tangible Oilers-related conversations to be had. Hockey season is right around the corner. With training camp and pre-season games getting started soon, I’m going to be taking a look at what roster the Oilers will be rolling with into the regular…

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WWYDW(SE): Finding a diamond in the rough

One of the nicest bright spots for the Oilers last season was the surprising breakout of Alex Chiasson. Peter Chiarelli backed himself into a corner with horrendous salary cap management but was able to find a diamond in the rough in Chiasson, who, on a league-minimum salary, exploded for a career-high 22 goals in 2018-19.

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WWYDW(SE): Third Line Centre

The Derick Brassard era in Edmonton was short-lived. Former Oiler Georges Laraque came on Twitter and said the Oilers had inked the veteran centre to a one-year deal, but it was a false alarm and he ended up signing with the New York Islanders instead.

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WWYDW(FE): The Taylor Hall Redemption Tour

As Robin Brownlee wrote yesterday, there’s a rumour going around that Taylor Hall might be open to a reunion with the Edmonton Oilers. Everyone knows that “Tracy Lane” and “her” “source” “Garfield” are questionable at best, but let’s talk about whether or not a Taylor Hall Redemption Tour makes any sense.

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WWYDW: Jersey Numbers

Nikita Gusev, arguably the best player playing outside of the NHL the past few seasons, is finally coming to North America. The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t fit him under the cap so they sent him to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a couple of draft picks.

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Should Evan Bouchard play in the NHL in 2019-20?

The Oilers have been rightfully criticized for rushing prospects over the past decade. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were first-overall picks and ready for the NHL. Nail Yakupov was another first-overall pick, but he could have used more time either in junior or the KHL. But first overall picks almost always play right away. The…

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WWYDW(FE): Pitching Pete

The Minnesota Wild shocked the hockey world earlier this week, firing general manager Paul Fenton just slightly over a year into his tenure at the helm of the team. In doing so, they opened up a last-minute gig for all of the funemployed former general managers floating around out there doing freelance scouting work and…

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WWYDW(FE): The Greats

It’s the middle of summer and I think we’re all tired of talking about whether or not Jesse Puljujarvi is going to Europe, how the Oilers can or should arrange their bottom-six, and how Ken Holland is going to find a third-line centre. Let’s dive into some dog days of summer topics, you know, the…

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WWYDW(TE): Scratch Tickets

Rather than spending all of his cap room to get one bonafide top-six winger, Ken Holland opted to buy himself multiple scratch tickets for the 2019-20 season. It would have been nice to acquire a sure thing to inject into one of the top two lines, but I don’t mind Holland’s logic of staying away…

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WWYDW(SE): The Leftovers

Ken Holland took a fairly conservative approach on his first-ever Free Agent Frenzy day as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. He filled the role of backup goalie with veteran Mike Smith, brought back a familiar face in Alex Chiasson, and a took a flyer on one of his old Red Wings prospects in Tomas…