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The Odd Men Out: Who Are They?

By my count, the Edmonton Oilers have 17 forwards and eight defenseman (along with a pair of goaltenders) with a pretty decent shot at making an NHL lineup on opening night. Given that an NHL roster is only 23 men deep, who stays and who goes?

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NHLE (FORWARDS)

The Edmonton Oilers have been blessed with some of the finest teenagers on the planet these last three years. NHL equivalencies courtesy Gabriel Desjardins has offered clues each summer about the cold winter evenings and the young men who would score at a worthy clip. What do the Desjardins’ NHLE’s suggest for this season?

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REAR WINDOW

The lottery work being done by the mountain of losses at the NHL level are having the desired impact: stunning talents unavailable any other way are walking through the door for free every draft day. The "fail-fall" strategy is near an end, and the real business of developing players the traditional way comes into focus.

Why Not Michal Rozsival?

If the Edmonton Oilers are having difficulty bolstering their blue line via trade, is there any reason for them not to talk to free agent defenseman Michal Rozsival?

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Although they are no longer "Oilers" the Nation recalls those young men who were once the great hope for the future. Where did Robbie end up? Jani? Jesse? And what about Traktor Boy?

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THE COMING TWO OR THREE FOR ONE

Back in the olden days, Edmonton was a different place. Sure, the streets still had potholes and the summers were hot/winters cold, but when it came to the hockey club good players came from everywhere and in endless ways.

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LIVE BLOG DAY TWO….

  I’ll be live blogging from the draft floor in Pittsburgh today. The Oilers have an opportunity to add some depth to the organization today, and I expect them to add some players with a combination of size and skill.

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FETCHING

Anyone not familiar with the Edmonton Oilers might look at the last 3 seasons and expect a large overhaul of staff this summer. The more discerning fan will know it’s all part of the plan, and in fact (for once) there are very few job openings. Edmonton will add players this summer, but in many…

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RESTRICTED

If you’re a restricted free agent on the Edmonton Oilers roster, there’s a chance you’re heading out of town.

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TAMBELLINI BACK? WHAT ABOUT RENNEY?

It sounds like the Oilers will make an announcement regarding Steve Tambellini’s future with the Oilers after the World Championships. Tambellini will get an extension, I’m not sure how long, but he’ll be the guy in charge. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been following the team, but rumblings seem to be pointing…