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2018-19 Preseason Game Five: Canucks at Oilers
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2018-19 Preseason Game Five: Canucks at Oilers
made five roster moves yesterday, culling the herd to the point where we can finally have meaningful life and death arguments about how this thing turns out. By my estimate, it’s Evan Bouchard and Jakub Jerabek in, Ethan Bear and Jason Garrison out. It’s Kailer Yamamoto in, Alex Chias...
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Moving Day
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Moving Day
Today we could see any number of breaking stories involving the Oilers. Players sent down, players waived, players picked up on waivers, trades, Ryan McLeod’s contract announcement. It will be a strong news week as the club gets down to the serious business of finalizing its 23-man roster (...
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2018-19 Preseason Game Four: Oilers at Jets
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We had just purchased our new house, the one we would raise our two beautiful children in. It was the smallest house on the block, we didn’t have enough furniture to fill it, but it was ours all the same. Two kids, under four, and we’re starting a new life. For years, over a dozen, [&...
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Secondary Modern
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Secondary Modern
A good guess has the Oilers signing Ryan McLeod sometime over the next 100 hours, giving him another game, and then sending the impressive youngster back to junior for the year. I’m not certain McLeod has fallen short of opening night, but the smart money has him flying back to Ontario. No ...
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Give Me Temptation
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Give Me Temptation
The Edmonton Oilers kept rolling last night during preseason, they are now 3-0-0 heading into the weekend and a tough away game against the Winnipeg Jets. Lots of good arrows and that top line was like a cool autumn mist followed by a breath of fresh air. Music! THE ATHLETIC! It’s almost here! On...
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2018-19 Preseason Game Three: Jets at Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers are off to a quality start (2-0-0) in NHL preseason, several players 21 and under playing well enough to grab some headlines. There are a bunch of players we haven’t seen yet, from Connor McDavid to Leon Draisaitl to the top three defensemen on the roster (Oscar Klefbom,...
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The Load-Out
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The Load-Out
Jesse Puljujarvi scored early and played well all night long. He showed power and finesse, combined with good boots and rugged play (even threw in some ‘pushing and shoving’ for good measure). A team can’t count on all of its prospects to arrive right on time, but this one, the ...
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2018-19 Preseason Game Two: Oilers at Canucks
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2018-19 Preseason Game Two: Oilers at Canucks
Saw. Him. Good. I used to read Baseball America religiously, and that publication would often interview scouts or run scouting reports. Old timey guys, I mean 90 year old men with faces of leather, would talk in unusual, scouting terms. The one I liked, taken from a Cardinals scout, was “sa...
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2018-19 Preseason Game One: Oilers at Flames
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2018-19 Preseason Game One: Oilers at Flames
All of the writers of rhyme stayed at the baseball diamond, so hockey’s wonderful poetry remains frozen on ice. We are in the debt of those who chronicled the game’s history with the plodding care of a Pierre Berton tome, but there are times, like today, when we long for an inspired p...
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As Time Goes By
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The Edmonton Oilers are trumpeting their department of youth, seeding the future with “Evan Bouchard looks ready” and “Tyler Benson has impressed” in the last few days. One thing we can absolutely mark as a good arrow: There are several stories of this type. Aside from Bou...
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Dear Mr. Fantasy
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Do ‘early days’ training camp lineups mean anything? No. No. No no no no. In fact, things can change early or late, as the coach reaches individual and collective decisions across the roster. We don’t have to go back very far—the days between September 25 and 29 a year ago—to fi...
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(It never happened to) Pablo Picasso
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Based on what I’m reading, this blog’s author might be the only living human who is pleased with the Edmonton Oilers’ summer. I checked the news every day of summer, and know for certain there was no “Jesse Puljujarvi dealt for Oliver Bjorkstrand” deal and draft day ...
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NURSE! STAT!
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NURSE! STAT!
The Edmonton Oilers dropped their training camp roster last night, 62 lines on a page and not one of them reads Darnell Nurse. Peter Chiarelli’s history as a negotiator is likely at least partly responsible for his current situation and the Oilers are in a spot of bother because of it. A st...
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2018-19 Rookie Camp Game Three: Oilers versus Flames
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The Edmonton Oilers play the final rookie camp game tonight in Red Deer, getting another shot at the Calgary Flames’ kids. Last night wasn’t much of a test, although it was a fine display of skills and gives us some insight into what the future might look like for the organization. Re...
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2018-19 Rookie Camp Game Two: Oilers vs. NAIT Ooks and MacEwan Griffins
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2018-19 Rookie Camp Game Two: Oilers vs. NAIT Ooks and MacEwan Griffins
The Edmonton Oilers added a third NHL player on a PTO Monday, this time rugged winger Alex Chiasson. He isn’t a perfect fit but there’s a story to tell and a job to be won. While we wait for the official training camp roster, Chiasson’s signing gives us some interesting things t...
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