RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 1997-98 SEASON

Embed from Getty Images As quickly as the Edmonton Oilers had raised the expectations of fans with a return to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the highly favoured Dallas Stars in the spring of 1997, they stuck a pin in that balloon at the start of the 1997-98 season by getting off to…

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TOP 100 OILERS: ROMAN HAMRLIK (66)

When Phil Esposito and the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning stepped to the podium and made Czech defenceman Roman Hamrlik the first overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, they were looking for a cornerstone player they could build a franchise around. They were looking for greatness. What the Bolts got instead was very good.

NATION NETWORK PROSPECT PROFILES: #46 Carter Hart

Embed from Getty Images Analyzing goaltenders is a tricky business, and one that I’m not necessarily certain the combined staff of Jets Nation and Canucks Army is up to tackling. Especially where prospects are concerned. To try and deliver you the best and most accurate reflection of Carter Hart’s ability and progression as a netminder,…

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THE TENACIOUS WARRIOR

Jujhar Khaira was chosen No. 63 overall in the 2012 draft. He is also 6.03—or was on draft day—and is a truly rare item. If Khara makes it as an NHL player, he will be only  the fourth player since 1999 (Mike Comrie, Zack Stortini, Theo Peckham) to be drafted in the third round by…

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TOP 100 OILERS: MIKE YORK (80)

If you were to name the best Edmonton Oilers of all time who didn’t crack six feet on a tape measure, Mike York would more than likely find a spot in the top-10 of most fans. I can’t come up with a whole lot of little guys who were more effective than York was at…

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The Roman Hamrlik Trade

In December of 1997, Edmonton Oilers general manager Glen Sather pulled the trigger on a big trade, acquiring defenceman Roman Hamrlik from the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the kind of deal that fans of the current edition of the team would surely welcome.

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2015-16 STAR SELECTION

I have been in love with Jordan Leslie Eberle since before time began. In fact I originally learned of him in a vision I had three previous lives before this current incarnation of my present body.

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Monday Mailbag – September 28th

Can you believe the regular season starts next week? With the pre-season in full swing it seems like the days are flying past but it’s still not fast enough. I want regular season McDavid and I want him now. Despite my impatience there are no time machines on Amazon. We have to act like adults…

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Oilers vs. Jets recap

I don’t worry too much about the score in preseason games, especially when the opposition ices a lineup with minimal NHL players. The Jets roster had limited NHL talent, but the players who dressed are still trying to impress Paul Maurice, so the Oilers, despite having more skill, still needed to work hard.

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GDB -6.0: Here Come the Jets

The good news about split squad games is that it eliminates two preseason games in one night. Todd McLellan is not a fan, because he didn’t get to watch 20 players up close to see how they reacted on the road against a more established NHL roster, and I can understand his frustration, but selfishly, I…

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Oilers vs. Canucks: Young Stars game one

The Oiler rookies stepped on the ice at 10:45 this morning in Penticton, and there were fans in the stands well before practice started, but the lineup outside the box office to purchase a few seats that just went on sale was much longer. McDavid Mania is alive in Penticton.