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SHOOT THE MOON
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SHOOT THE MOON
There is a certain sadness that comes with change, something that brings the melancholy in real time. When my kids were small, Mrs. Lowetide and I would pick them up from school on the last day (report cards, goodbyes) and take them to lunch. For the first few years it was so much fun (little [&#...
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RE 16-17 ANDREJ SEKERA: LET DOWN
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On the day he signed a contract with the Edmonton Oilers, Andrej Sekera stood stone alone on the depth chart. Despite (accurate) claims by the general manager that the new hire was an ideal second-pairing veteran, no soul alive could give you two names on the Edmonton depth chart who could play a...
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I’VE BEEN DRIVING ALL NIGHT, HANDS WET ON THE WHEEL
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I’VE BEEN DRIVING ALL NIGHT, HANDS WET ON THE WHEEL
Let’s roll. We are one month away from the crazy, with an expansion draft, an entry draft, and a free-agent frenzy all on the schedule. The Oilers have specific needs, for next season and beyond. We have those needs surrounded and have discussed the possible assets out. We are working on in...
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DRAFT POST (2017) NO. 1: LET IT BLEED
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DRAFT POST (2017) NO. 1: LET IT BLEED
Today we begin in-depth coverage of the 2017 NHL draft. This season offers us a different challenge in identifying Edmonton’s direction and in many ways this year becomes more interesting because of it. Expect some forwards early and perhaps fewer defensemen chosen than in the last two seas...
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HELP IS ON THE WAY
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HELP IS ON THE WAY
Rob Vollman published new NHL equivalency numbers the other day, that means it is a good time to review the prospects and see which prospects might be able to score enough to emerge on an NHL skill line someday. NHLE FORWARDS 2016-17 An asterisk (*) means I’m not using Vollman’s NHLE ...
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RE 16-17 MARK LETESTU: IDIOTEQUE
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Most truly unique players are the most famous in the game. Generational, no weakness, close enough to perfect. Mark Letestu has his flaws, but that makes him affordable and what he brings has real value. For the Edmonton Oilers, Mark Letestu fills so many important holes that if he didn’t e...
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NOTHING MATTERS, AND WHAT IF IT DID?
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I’m not one to believe the general manager in the exit meeting, although sometimes the summer works out as described. Craig MacTavish, a smart man as sure as I’m sittin’ here, telegraphed too much and that’s my opinion. Sometimes a general manager will tell you what he thi...
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TOP 20 PROSPECTS (PRE-DRAFT RESET)
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The Edmonton Oilers Top 20 lists since 2010 reflected phenomenal talent, mostly because of the team’s consistent lottery presence. From Taylor Hall to the Nuge and Oscar Klefbom, to more recent times with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, the high-water mark on the calendar has been the dr...
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FIVE BULLETS
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Wayne Gretzky entered the NHL as an Edmonton Oiler in the fall of 1979. He spent nine autumns in Edmonton, the club offloading him in the summer of 1988. The kicker? He didn’t jump, the Oilers traded sold his rights. Fast forward to the modern era, and there are rumblings that McDavid may w...
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RE 16-17 PATRICK MAROON: I MIGHT BE WRONG
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I found Patrick Maroon when he was matriculating toward the NHL. On a lazy Sunday afternoon while looking for minor league all-stars, he caught my eye. He was big, had good hands and foot speed was an issue. Patrick Maroon is a big guy. Massive forward (6.04, 225) has some offensive ability and l...
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