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RE 17-18 ERIC GRYBA: GENERATOR
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RE 17-18 ERIC GRYBA: GENERATOR
Eric Gryba is a big defender who makes life difficult for opposition skill. His penalty total raises eyebrows and he isn’t going to see power-play time, but the fancy stats have some positive things to say about him. The Edmonton Oilers like his experience, his size, wingspan and toughness....
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BLUE SKY, NIGHT THUNDER
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BLUE SKY, NIGHT THUNDER
Connor McDavid spoke yesterday to Shawn McKenzie of Sportsnet about the Edmonton Oilers and the coming winter, giving fans a chance to hear from  the captain about the summer’s proceedings. (Source) McDavid talks Leon Draisaitl: “It’s so exciting that he’s back and there for eight years and...
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THE COMPLICATED CASE OF BRIAN FERLIN
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When the Edmonton Oilers signed Brian Ferlin, I began to cast about trying to fill in the blanks. Peter Chiarelli signed a plethora of players I consider prospects (under 50 NHL games played, latest Top 20 is here) but at his age (25) I wondered about his back story. As a Boston Bruins draft pick...
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HICKORY WIND
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HICKORY WIND
As a general rule, prospects who improve markedly from draft day through the end of their entry-level deal are going to make the rest of their draft class look like a bunch of loafs. Depth picks (Dillon Simpson) end up outpacing second rounders (David Musil) and lottery picks (Leon Draisaitl) mov...
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RE 17-18 KRIS RUSSELL: LONG ROAD TO RUIN
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When Kris Russell was on the ice at 5×5 during 2016-17, the Edmonton Oilers scored 41 goals and allowed 32. That’s a solid total and one of the reasons the club signed Russell to a long-term deal. He checks off a lot of boxes: A veteran who can play either side, can defend, and is [...
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SLAP SHOT!
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Before July 1, Peter Chiarelli talked about Anton Slepyshev and growth, and his actions in free agency spoke volumes. In adding names like Jussi Jokinen, Yohann Auvitu and Ty Rattie, the general manager indicated his belief in men like Slepyshev and Matt Benning. As we get ready for training camp...
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RE 17-18 YOHANN AUVITU: SUBTERRANEAN
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Yohann Auvitu’s path to the NHL is as unusual in its own way as Claire Alexander or Les Binkley. He brings a valuable set of skills to the Edmonton Oilers this fall and represents a smart bet. He’s going to need some help, as the organization has a lot of lefty blue, but those skills ...
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LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
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LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
Matt Benning surprised everybody. Looking back, the verbal surrounding him seems to have offered few hints about what was to come. Chiarelli: "There was maybe eight or nine other teams that were going after" Matt Benning. #Oilers (CHED) — Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) September 1...
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RE 17-18 MARK FAYNE: END OVER END
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RE 17-18 MARK FAYNE: END OVER END
Mark Fayne has been a good soldier since the arrival of Todd McLellan as Oilers’ coach. Fayne’s limitations made him an uncomfortable fit for the head coach, who faded and then demoted him. Nothing personal, just business. With the Oilers down a quality veteran for a portion of the se...
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NUGE ON THE RUN
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NUGE ON THE RUN
The 1995-96 season had a major impact on the decade that would follow for the Oilers. Ron Low, Glen Sather, Bruce MacGregor, Barry Fraser and the others involved in procurement and evaluation had managed to gather a lot of young talent. The key of course is to keep the right people, send away pla...
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