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PRINCE ALBERT IN A CAN

The Edmonton Oilers drafted Leon Draisaitl from the Prince Albert Raiders at No. 3 overall in the 2014 draft. Draisaitl is the fifth Raider Edmonton has drafted, and the fourth taken in the first round. It is NOT an all-star cast.

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Oilers draft pick value chart

I have no idea who made that chart, but it would be awesome if anyone came close to scoring 140 points in an NHL season. Maybe a supreme optimist made that chart, but regardless of what this chart was supposed to track most of us love looking at charts. They can give us a look…

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

If there is a constant to the Edmonton Oilers failures post-Chris Pronger, it is the team’s unique ability to fritter away useful hockey players for nothing or close to nothing. One of those players, Kyle Brodziak, is currently plying his trade in the second round of the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild.

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GDB 80.0: PERSONAL MILESTONES

Every player prefers wins over personal statistics, but with three games remaining the personal goals are more interesting to discuss than whether or not the Oilers will have a 14.2% chance (28th place) or an 18.8% chance (29th place) of winning the draft lottery. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron are battling for the…

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A TINKER’S DAM

In his last 82 AHL games (entering tonight), Anton Lander is 82, 21-21-42—decent offense for a player with a reputation of being a solid checking center. The Oilers have changed General Managers since Lander was drafted, and that can impact prospects and their future with the team that drafted them. Is Lander part of the…

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SAM GAGNER TO BE NAMED C14

Now many moons ago back in 2009 your ol’ pal Wanye tripped over some news at the bottle depot when we found out that Mike Comrie was coming back to the Oilers for a second tour of duty.  Everyone under the sun called us a liar, a dreamer or worse but history ultimately proved us correct….

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A balanced top-six

I’m starting to wonder if the arrangement used for most of last season, one that saw the Oilers’ top line loaded up with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, was the best use of the team’s personnel.

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The Gretzky trade was huge, but Messier’s is still paying dividends

The return in trade for Wayne Gretzky was without question substantial, but like most of the deals involving the Oilers’ Hall of Fame-calibre players it’s a deal that has only historical impact, with none of the descendants of that trade currently playing for Edmonton. In terms of current impact from those old trades, it’s the…

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TEN YEARS AFTER!

Ten years ago, on a cold dark night, the Edmonton Oilers chose poorly in a deep, deep draft. It has cost them for a decade, as other teams gathered one, two even three important parts of their foundation while the Oilers watched their picks fade away. There are some saying the 2013 entry draft is…

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NATION PROFILE: FERNANDO PISANI

During the time Fernando Pisani laced them up for the Edmonton Oilers, he was never the team’s best player. Never their best forward, never their best right winger. Why then, do we miss him so?