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Rob was born and raised in Edmonton and while he is dedicated to his blog, you can also read his work over at HometownHockey.ca, TheHockeyWriters.com and VAVEL USA.

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Take A Look In The Mirror Pete
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Take A Look In The Mirror Pete
With roughly 25% of their 2017-18 season now in the books, it is clear there is something wrong with the Edmonton Oilers and contrary to popular opinion, it is not all on the players. No question the collective could be performing better but there does appear to be a taboo topic of sorts in my ne...
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The Importance Of November
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The Importance Of November
Over the course of an 82-game schedule, it is not uncommon for both experts and fans alike to go on at great length about a stretch of games being the “make or break” point of a struggling team’s campaign. Though most tend to be accurate to an extent, it is not impossible for a red-hot team to er...
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Cammalleri Trade Should Help
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Cammalleri Trade Should Help
With his team still struggling to score goals, Peter Chiarelli needed to do something to try to spark his club. Instead of trying to make a big splash via the trade market, the Edmonton Oilers general manager decided to go down the path that has served him well since arriving in the Alberta capit...
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Clare Drake...Hockey Hall Of Famer
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Clare Drake...Hockey Hall Of Famer
When it comes to individual honours, being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame is about as good as it gets. Funny thing is, when it comes to Clare Drake, the word individual is one that does not immediately come to mind when describing the Yorkton native. Whereas words like pioneer, builder, te...
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The Cam Talbot Splits
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The Cam Talbot Splits
Over the course of an 82-game NHL season, the numbers an individual player or team produce tends to work itself out. However, on occasion, there will be those anomalies that don’t seem to add up. Though it is still earlier in the year, Edmonton Oilers netminder Cam Talbot is building a stat line ...
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Hall Deal Remains A Headscratcher
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Hall Deal Remains A Headscratcher
It has been almost a year and a half since the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey pulled the trigger on the blockbuster deal that saw Taylor Hall and Adam Larsson swap organizations. At the time, the move seemed a rather puzzling one from an Oilers standpoint but after the club put together a surpris...
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Oscar Will Be Just Fine
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Oscar Will Be Just Fine
Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers had more than a few obstacles to overcome, most notably the extended absence of defenceman Andrej Sekera due to off-season knee surgery. However, what has been a rather unpleasant surprise is the addition of fellow blueliner Oscar Klefbom to sa...
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Time For A Little Accountability
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Time For A Little Accountability
Since taking over the position of general manager with the Edmonton Oilers, Peter Chiarelli has done what every man in his position is brought in to do. In his two-plus years on the job, the 53-year old has molded this roster into one he believed could help bring this once storied franchise back ...
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Time For Something Special From No. 97
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Time For Something Special From No. 97
When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers slow start, at the very bottom of the list of concerns is the play of Connor McDavid. With eleven points in ten games, the reigning league MVP still leads the team in scoring but when the expectation is to defend his scoring title from a season ago, things are...
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The Return Of The Nuge
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The Return Of The Nuge
When the Edmonton Oilers used the first overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the plan was for the former Red Deer Rebels standout to be the club’s top line centrefor years to come. However, that changed when the team continued to struggle to gain ground in the standings an...
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