Pretending Puljujarvi Is Ready Hurts The Club

Embed from Getty Images The preseason has a couple major functions. Number one, they exist to get the veteran players back in game shape. Number two, they give clubs a chance to see where young or new players slot in on the depth chart. When it’s all over, the rust has been shaken off and…

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Monday Mailbag – Who to Offer Sheet?

Another draft is in the books and the Oilers, somehow, found a way to win the day despite not trading for a defenseman, or making any moves whatsoever. If you have any draft related questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or by email and I will get them in for next week….

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The 2nd Annual Nation Awards: The Nominees

Last year, we started a new tradition around these parts. Since no one will let us vote for the actual NHL Awards (thanks PWHA) we decided to take matters into our hands and created an award show for the ages, and I need your help. We need nominees for our award categories, and that’s where you…

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MITCH MOROZ AND HENRIK SAMUELSSON

In 2012 (legend has it), the Edmonton Oilers were hoping Oil Kings forward Henrik Samuelsson would fall to them early in Round 2. As it happened, the Arizona Coyotes drafted the Pittsburgh native No. 27 overall. Early in the second round, Edmonton chose another Oil Kings forward, Mitchell Moroz. In the days since, Oilers fans…

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Oilers 2015-16 in Review: The Overview

With the 2015-16 season now in the books, it’s possible to assess the season-over-season improvement in the team under the watch of new general manager Peter Chiarelli and new head coach Todd McLellan thanks to coaching and personnel shifts. This is going to be a multi-part series, but it starts with the four most important…

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Statement Game

The phrase “statement game” gets tossed around liberally, and should be regarded with suspicion. For any team, a professional NHL season is a complicated thing, 82 games plus playoffs of ups and downs and injuries and bounces and myriad other factors that outsiders sometimes see and sometimes never hear of. Boiling all that down to a…

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating. It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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Teddy Purcell traded to the Florida Panthers

The Edmonton Oilers, as expected, have traded pending free agent Teddy Purcell. Although reports indicated that the Los Angeles Kings were very interested in the player, as it turns out Purcell is bound for the Eastern Conference, where he’ll play for the Florida Panthers. Coming back the other way? A third-round draft pick.

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First Star, Worst Star: November 8, 2015

I sit here, trying to remember a time before the Connor McDavid injury, and it all just seems like a blur. We were happy and prosperous and had dreams for the future. Now we live in a post-apocalyptic hellscape where nothing can grow and clans battle each other for control over gasoline and water. Actually, now…