THE DEVELOPMENT CURVE

“I was also fortunate in one other area. Today’s system of drafting 18-year olds wasn’t around in 1973. I was 22 years old before my pro career began…

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THE PEOPLE TRAIN DON’T RUN THROUGH WICHITA

The 2013-14 season reminded Oilers fans about the importance of a strong minor-league…

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A LITTLE MORE ON WILLIAM LAGESSON

William Lagesson is the latest in a recent flurry of Swedish defensemen to be…

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I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES AND MILES

The Oilers amateur scouting staff has been mostly stable in the last couple…

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HEY, JOE

The San Jose Sharks’ “Summer of Stupid” continued today, as…

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THE PSYCHEDELIC RANGERS

The Barons’ defensive prospects are (for the most part) a year ahead or behind the forwards, depending on which crop we’re discussing. The…

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JACKSON CAGE

Jackson Houck has a big season ahead, one that could thrust him into the picture as a possible Edmonton Oiler in the coming years. Houck had a slow start…

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THE NEW YARDBIRDS

The Oklahoma City Barons have some interesting rookies on the way for 2014-15, and I believe Bogdan Yakimov is the most likely to emerge as an NHL prospect…

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THE SEVENTH ROUND

By the seventh round, we’re looking at about an 8% chance of seeing an NHL player. You are basically pissing in the wind, and would have to pile more…

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RE 14-15 DARYL KATZ: BOTH SIDES NOW

Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers on July 2, 2008. The club has been a massive financial success since then, selling out everything available and…

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THE SIXTH ROUND

By the sixth round, we’re looking at about a 14% chance of seeing an NHL player. You’d have to pile more than 7 picks one on top of another to ensure…

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RE 14-15 TODD NELSON: HEJIRA

The truth is Todd Nelson is pretty damn important to the future of this hockey club. At some point one would expect Nelson to be coaching an NHL team of…

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THE FIFTH ROUND

By the fifth round, we’re looking at about a 12% chance of seeing an NHL player. You’d have to pile 8.3 picks one on top of another to ensure one player…

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