BOB GREEN: LIMELIGHT

Bob Green and his Oilers scouts track the hockey world from August to May each season, attempting to outsmart the competition. An organization that has…

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RE 16-17 LEON DRAISAITL: NO TIME

Leon Draisaitl got the call early on October 29, and by early evening he was…

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NEW VERBAL

Todd McLellan found a microphone today, and a mid-summer media avail from the…

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THE PISANI

Many times in the last few years, people have asked me why I talk about adding…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 5: TAYLOR BECK

A player drafted by a team like Ottawa or Nashville or San Jose holds extra…

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YOU BETTER, YOU BET

As the thunder rolls across our summer, this Oilers roster looks decidedly unfinished. Now, I say that every year, but this year is different—the team…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 4: JERE SALLINEN

The story of European free agents signed by Edmonton this decade is long on weirdness—from Lennart Petrell to Anton Belov—and short on success. I am…

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RE 16-17 RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS: THE WEIGHT

In a season where it was vital to move the needle in the wins column, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins struggled to stay in the lineup, and had a terrible time playing…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 3: JOEY LALEGGIA

It is sometimes easy to forget just how difficult it can be to project defensemen. In the case of Joey Laleggia, it would be easy to discount him as a…

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DIRECT HITS

At the beginning of June, Edmonton had a 50-man list of 38 players, 21 men who were associated with the organization but without a contract, and a bunch…

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THE WHEEL PLAY

One of the players Edmonton chose at the 2016 draft (Markus Niemelainen) is turning into a fascinating study for this blog. Not long after the draft, I…

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FAMOUS ROOKIES OF BAKERSFIELD

Ideally, the rookie crop of prospects who are sent to the AHL each fall will produce actual NHL players every year. Does Edmonton have that kind of system?…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 2: ANTON SLEPYSHEV

The conversation surrounding Anton Slepyshev last fall was very encouraging. The Russian winger arrived in the city with a nice combination of size, speed…

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