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Ryan Martindale and the Edmonton Oilers’ Drafting

The Edmonton Oilers traded away Ryan Martindale today. Martindale was the 61st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, a big centre with good hands who, if all had gone well, might have been a perfect fit as the second line pivot in Edmonton. All didn’t go well, and it’s a move that’s going…

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POST GAME: NO MORE DISTRACTIONS…

It is time for the Oilers to stop the distractions. They need to stop believing that a consistent rotation of head coaches, 4th liners and 3rd pairing defenders will help them become a winner. The organization and some pundits also need to stop expecting goalies to cover up all the weaknesses in front of them….

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Are the Edmonton Oilers overvaluing their players?

Last night on Sportsnet, television analyst Mark Spector made a couple of claims. The first wasn’t surprising; according to him “people around the hockey world” think Edmonton overvalues its players. Further, he said that the Oilers should not expect to get more than a third round pick for pending free agent Ales Hemsky.

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Context and Mark Arcobello

One of the Oilers’ pleasant surprises this year has been the play of centre/right wing Mark Arcobello. The minor-league journeyman got an opportunity early thanks to some injuries at centre, and made the most of it, playing so well that it was impossible for the Oilers to demote him to the minors. Given that Edmonton…

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES AT CHRISTMAS (VOL 2)

In our second look at NHL equivalencies during the Christmas season, we’re off to Oklahoma City in order to find some signs of offense. A youngster like Travis Ewanyk (in photo) is playing 4line minutes, are there any signs he can play someday in the NHL? Let’s have a look.

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THE NATION NEEDS SOME LAUGHS

  While it is tough being an Oiler fan right now you could be living in Congo and be worried about your family jewels. Things could always be worse. I could sit down and write another blog bemoaning the fortunes of the Oilers, but I elected to give Oilers fans a break from the season…

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IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES UPDATE! TRADED

  It could happen as soon as today (the trade deadline is tonight at midnight, after that no deals until Christmas past), but it’s clear Linus Omark is once again hell bent on bolting the Oilers organization. A marriage that has always been uneasy appears to have reached the point where reconciliation is impossible.

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TRUE CRIME STORY: THE 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

  If we can agree that it takes 5 years to properly evaluate a draft (and sometimes—especially with college men—it can take longer), then rage over the 2010+ entry drafts for Edmonton is probably misplaced. If we look back to 2009, 2008 and 2007, what do we see? Is there a culprit? Yes. More than…

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HELL BENT FOR LEATHER

Craig MacTavish is way more active in the GM role than his predecessor Steve Tambellini. It might be a matter of being at different points during the rebuild, or maybe it’s a new coach or the goalie situation, but Craig MacTavish is hell bent for leather.

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Developing Defencemen

Edmonton’s farm team in Oklahoma City is loaded to the gills with defence prospects. Oilers fans got to see one of those – Martin Marincin – last night and over the course of the season have seen Taylor Fedun, Philip Larsen and come very close to seeing Brandon Davidson and Oscar Klefbom. What’s happening with…

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NOVEMBER PROSPECT UPDATE

The Edmonton Oilers continue to go about the business of developing talent in Oklahoma City, and their prospects are moving up and down internal depth charts all day long in an effort to rise to the top. It’s an amazing process and can change so much—even in a 30 days. Here’s this month’s update.