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WWYDW: Critical Thresholds and Jesse Puljujarvi

Jesse Puljujarvi was a healthy scratch for the Edmonton Oilers’ game last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, and has averaged just 10:51 in the three games he has played. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers to explain how they would handle the 18-year-old Finn if they ran…

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WWYDW: Balanced Scoring or Loaded Lines?

Leon Draisaitl will start the year playing at centre, but it seems virtually certain that he’ll also see right wing fairly early in the 2016-17 NHL season. Where he ultimately ends up is a key component of today’s What Would You Do Wednesday question: Should the Oilers run a relatively balanced three-line attack or load…

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WWYDW: Does Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have a long-term place on the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers are in the unique position of having three different centres playing well at the World Cup of Hockey. Leon Draisaitl has been a leading light for the shocking Team Europe, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid have played well for the North American entry. In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday,…

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WWYDW: Where Should Darnell Nurse Play?

Darnell Nurse is something of a wildcard. The 21-year-old defenceman had an irregular rookie campaign in which the Edmonton Oilers asked him to do too much, too quickly after a pretty decent start to his NHL career. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask how the Oilers’ coaching staff should…

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WWYDW: Darnell Nurse and Jacob Trouba

There aren’t a lot of stories of particular interest in the NHL right now, but one item worth watching is negotiations between the league’s remaining restricted free agents and their major-league teams. Several prominent players—people like Johnny Gaudreau, Hampus Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen—remain unsigned and it’s fair to be worried about whether deals will be…

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WWYDW: Eric Gryba?

Embed from Getty Images With less than two months to go until the start of the season the Oilers still find themselves with an organizational hole at the RHD position. One option that’s been floated around is the idea of bringing back Eric Gryba for another tour of duty on the third pair. Would you…

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WWYDW: On the Bubble

As we get closer to training camp I started thinking about how the Oilers will fill out the bottom portions of the roster. Is every spot in the bottom six already locked up? If not, how many jobs are available? What about on D? I need you guys to break things down for me. 

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WWYDW: Peter Chiarelli’s first summer

Peter Chiarelli has been nothing if not bold as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, authoring significant change in each of his first two summers at the helm of the team. It remains to be seen how the moves he’s made this summer will work out, but we now have a year’s worth of hindsight…

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WWYDW: Who Gets The Ice Time in Bakersfield?

The Edmonton Oilers have some very interesting decisions to make with respect to which of their young players make the NHL out of training camp and which ones get sent down to the AHL to work on their games. In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask what our readers’ game plan entering…

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WWYDW: Leon Draisaitl’s next contract

Leon Draisaitl is about to enter the final season of his entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The team has to decide whether to offer him a contract extension now or wait until it has seen more; it also needs to decide whether to offer term and dollars right away or push for a bridge…

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WWYDW: Right Wing

As of right now, Jordan Eberle is far-and-away the most established right wing on the Edmonton Oilers’ roster. The team has some interesting options behind him, but not a lot of proven NHL talent. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask whether the current depth chart is good enough, and…