RE 14-15 NIKITA NIKITIN: A CASE OF YOU

The Edmonton Oilers went for a stroll and plucked two veteran defensemen from the pool. In Nikita Nikitin, the club was looking for a puck-moving man who…

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RE 14-15 JUSTIN SCHULTZ: HELP ME

Justin Schultz helps create offense at both ends of the ice. The Oilers have…

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SAIL ON, DELLOW

I should be saying “it is with mixed emotions” because I’m…

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A TRIP TO REASONABLE (FWDS 2014-15 PROJECTED)

I’ve projected the Oilers’ forwards to score 22 more goals season…

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RE 14-15 JESSE JOENSUU: TWO GREY ROOMS

One of the unusual Craig MacTavish transaction trades a year ago involved two…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 6: WILL ACTON

Will Acton and “bad smell” will forever be linked—because Acton’s coach loves him. Eakins: “One day he asked if he could sit in on…

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RE 14-15 LUKE GAZDIC: LESSON IN SURVIVAL

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Luke Gazdic for nothing. Placed on waivers because they had so many young wingers perform well in Dallas, the Stars lost a…

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 5: STEVE PINIZZOTTO

Steve Pinizzotto came over in a seemingly pedestrian mid-season trade with the Florida Panthers for Ryan Martindale. The minor league veteran made it all…

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RE 14-15 ANTON LANDER: SHINE

Anton Lander was rushed to the NHL, and for most Oiler fans is a wild disappointment—the latest in many failed experiments from the draft list this century….

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 4: IIRO PAKARINEN

The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish tend to buy from Euro shelves at least once a summer (Belov, Joensuu, Grebs a year ago, this fellow in 2014)….

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RE 14-15 MATT HENDRICKS: CAREY

Matt Hendricks took on a tough job and performed well in the role. He’s a veteran player who can handle himself and play the game—that has value….

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 3: BOGDAN YAKIMOV

Bogdan Yakimov may not speak English well, but he manages to get his point across. In an Edmonton Journal article earlier this summer, Joanne Ireland quotes…

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RE 14-15 TYLER PITLICK: CIRCLE GAME

Tyler Pitlick’s career progression has been a carousel—constant movement, and no time for stopping and settling in one place. His pro career began…

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