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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.

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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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Oklahoma City Barons Watch: November 17

After an early period of roster fluctuation, it appears that the Oklahoma City Barons are finally moving towards calmer waters. The forward corps has been improved and somewhat stabilized, the defence has been thinned out a little with the recall of players like Corey Potter and Philip Larsen, and coach Todd Nelson has his team…

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ONLY 61 MORE TO GO!

The Oilers lost again last night, to San Jose, in a game that saw the home side play well once the game was no longer in the balance. There are 61 nights just like that one straight ahead, and how the Oilers use them is going to set the stage for the 2014-15 season–which will…