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TRAINING CAMP AND LINEUPS…

  You know hockey season is back, when many are wondering about the status of Corey Potter. Potter is nursing a back injury and that’s why he didn’t play on Saturday and wasn’t on the ice today.

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EARLY RETURNS: USE PENCIL

As long as the off-seasons have been around here the last seven years and first impressions carrying the weight they tend to do, it’s easy to understand how Saturday’s split squad games against the Calgary Flames have fans of the Edmonton Oilers talking today.

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PRE-SEASON UNDERWAY: OILERS LOSE TO FLAMES AT REXALL

The Edmonton Oilers (the Rexall version) scored early and often but didn’t play a full 60 minutes. The result? A shootout loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames. The split squads in each city ended up playing spoiler for the home fans, but the most important item–finding the 23 men for the final roster–came…

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Showboats!

Dallas Eakins has been making waves since taking over as head coach – he’s a man of definite opinions and hasn’t shied away from expressing them. On Friday, he took a shotgun to a particularly puerile complaint: players showing off.

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REAR WINDOW UPDATE

AHL teams have been grinding talented kids into a fine white powder and churning out checkers and role players to the NHL for 77 years. The pipeline to Edmonton from Oklahoma City has delivered Jeff Petry and little else so far; do the Oilers have anyone knocking on the door this fall? Are the Barons…

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CAMPSERVATIONS

The Oilers first day of training camp started with the RHIET (Repeated High Intensity Endurance Test) and finished with a solid focus on defensive zone coverage. The RHIET six lengths of the ice, back and forth, had pretty much every player skating straight-legged for the final two sets. After the players finished their RHIET they…

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TAYLOR HALL, OFF TO MARS

  To hear some people talk, Taylor Hall’s move from wing to center is a radical thing, something that should be avoided at all costs, mistrusted. Folks, this isn’t handing lead guitar to Bill Wyman, Taylor Hall can play. There’s every chance he’ll do well in the middle. The more interesting question is this: should…

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HOW MANY JOBS IN PLAY?

As we ready ourselves for training camp 2013, it seems to me there a more jobs in play at this year’s training camp. Craig MacTavish added so many defensemen this summer there’s a major question about the 6-7-8 slots, and there are a lot of wingers hanging around, too. Add those things to the major…

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“MORE ROBOTS, MORE KILLING!”

In the 2010 young stars tournament, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and others impressed us and breathed life into a sinking franchise. Do you remember what we said about those young men (and the other kids) that summer?

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Oilers prospects fall 5-2 to Calgary

The first Edmonton game of the season was an ugly affair, with the “Oilers” losing to the “Flames” by a 5-2 score. There were a few high points for the Oilers’ prospects in attendance, but there was also a lot not to like – and a number of high profile prospects struggled in their 2013-14…

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Timetable for the defence

There’s no secret that the strength of the Edmonton Oilers prospect group can be found on the blue line. That’s good on the one hand because it’s the area where the team needs high-end help. On the other hand, an NHL team can only break in so many rookies at one position at a time,…