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YOUNG BARONS DEBUT

Last season the Edmonton Oilers recalled a lot of players from Oklahoma City and there’s every chance it’ll happen again. Do the Oilers have legit prospects on the farm? Yes. Are they ready? In one case yes, but there’s a good chance the next regular forward you see in Edmonton via the Barons will be…

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OKLAHOMA FOR THE WINTER

It’s opening night for the Oklahoma City Barons, and there are some new prospects about to enter the pro game. The Oilers 2014-15 crop of AHL rookies includes Bogdan Yakimov, Dillon Simpson, Jujhar Khaira and Iiro Pakarinen.

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Tkachev: Realistic expectations

Vladimir Tkachev picked up two assists last night, and instantly his hype reached unhealthy levels. Have Oilers fans not learned from the past? I recall many fans and some media blaming Craig MacTavish for holding Rob Schremp back. The Oilers also held back Linus Omark in the eyes of many. In both cases the players…

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The Coke Machine Prospect Group

Rookie games are dicey things to take impressions away from. The usual problem of sample size is there, plus the fact that the talent level of the tournament is pretty low relative even to exhibition games. The players are coming in after long and varied summers and often have very limited knowledge of their teammates….

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3 Thoughts – Spin-o-ramas, Leon Draisaitl, and Martin Brodeur

With training camp fast approaching, the excitement is starting to flood through the Nation. The schedule is out, rosters are being debated, rookie camp is set to go, and there’s finally news to talk about after a long summer drought. As such, all this NHL activity has got me to thinking. Today, I take a look…

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NHL Expansion: No Thanks

News broke yesterday that the NHL could be expanding by two teams, possibly as early as 2015. Gary Bettman downplayed the news and said the NHL currently has no plans, which is classic Bettman denial and likely sadly means the reports are probably true.  For the sake of hockey fans, specifically Canadian hockey fans, I hope the…

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A BIG YEAR FOR ROOKIES?

A year ago, I wrote “I don’t think we’ll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season” which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I’ve got it…

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OPENING NIGHTS, THEN AND NOW

The Edmonton Oilers are predictable when it comes to their roster spots—so predictable that we can surround the opening night lineup with very little trouble. It’s been years since an actual surprise emerged and won a job during the pre-season, and it’s extremely unlikely to happen this season.

2008-09 Springfield Falcons: Five Years Later (Forwards)

For many years, the Edmonton Oilers did not have an AHL affiliate under their exclusive control. The team started to correct that in the late 2000’s with the Springfield Falcons, a team that was uniformly terrible under their watch. Since then, the Oilers have moved on to the Oklahoma City Barons, a much more successful…

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OKLAHOMA, USA

The Oklahoma City Barons will have a different look next season, as the Edmonton Oilers spent the last nine months making decisions on several hopefuls. The team will need to add replacements and make room for the new pro prospects, making for some very interesting times. The fun is already underway, let’s have a look.

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Monday Mailbag – May 26th

Once again, it’s the Nation’s favourite time of the week as the writers take a look at your questions and answer them to the best of their ability.  As always, this is driven by you guys. If you’ve got a question, you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter…