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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,…

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THE “C”: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Based on the emotion, conversation and amount of articles I’ve seen since Wanye wrote Sam Gagner will be the Edmonton’s 14th Captain; it is obvious hockey fans are getting restless. The season unofficially begins next week with rookie camp, while thankfully main camp is less than two weeks away, so the focus can go back…

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The Captaincy: There’s No Rush

Thanks to our own Wanye Gretz, everybody’s talking about who the Edmonton Oilers’ next captain should be. Should it be one of the team’s young stars? Should it be Sam Gagner? Should it be a veteran like Andrew Ference? I can’t help thinking there’s no rush to make a decision.

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A DOWN YEAR FOR FRESHMAN?

After an exceptional three season run of impact rookies on their way to being impact NHLers, the cupboard is decidedly bare for Oiler rookies this season. Or is it?

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Taylor Hall, Olympian

No less an authority than the TSN panel has predicted that the Edmonton Oilers best player, Taylor Hall, will be sitting at home watching the Olympic games rather than representing Canada in Sochi. Here’s why they’re wrong.

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DEVELOPING MORE SKILL…

Developing skill is one of the main objectives in hockey, and it should be the second most important factor for minor hockey associations. Ensuring the kids are having fun should be the first objective of every minor hockey parent, coach and association. Before we get to the Oilers signing of Linus Omark, let’s look at…

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GET GOOD PLAYERS

The Edmonton Oilers cut ties with a pretty talented hockey player this morning, I’d call it an unforced error. The sun will come up tomorrow, but I would suggest that it’s generally a poor idea to throw away 21-year old wingers who score at a point-per-game clip in the AHL–no matter their size.

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MONEY TALKS AND KIDS WILL WALK

Toni Rajala wasn’t going to get a one-way contract from the Edmonton Oilers any time soon despite coming off a fine season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL, so he’s headed back to Europe because he can make more money there than he can toiling in the minors here.