Overture, Curtains, Lights

Dave Tippett’s last NHL team, the 2016-17 Arizona Coyotes, deployed 10 rookies β€” five of whom played over 650 minutes that season. Of those 10…

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Math and the Draft, Volume 33

We know NHL teams use math as an aid in several areas, including the draft….

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Watching the Sausage Get Made

I have worked in radio for close to 40 years. That’s a lifetime. I could…

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Training Camp Hopeful No. 1: Tyler Benson

There are two key seasons for young prospects: Draft year (usually 17) and first…

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Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (on your door)

Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent opened the door a little yesterday. Let’s…

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And His Coat is Torn and Frayed

Ken Holland isn’t done shopping, based on his own verbal. Jesse Puljujarvi is in play, the free-agent signings are likely done and not adequate compared…

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Two for the Show

I believe Caleb Jones will win the No. 6 spot opening night for the Edmonton Oilers. He’ll have competition, including a “perfect fit”…

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Options

Ken Holland is weighing his options now and we’re left to wonder how many he has at this point in summer. This roster is going to change, but let’s…

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First-shot Scorer

The Edmonton Oilers drafted some ridiculous offensive talent in the middle of this decade, made possible through drafting early for several years in a…

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Free Falling

I have the Oilers with about $3.5 million in cap room, meaning the team might be able to grab one more free agent in the $2 million range. By the time…

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It Don’t Come Easy

In 2018-19, the average NHL team scored and allowed 244 goals. Edmonton scored 229, off the pace but in the range. However, the team’s goals against…

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Song of the Orphans

New general managers, as a group, don’t value previous GM’s prospects at the same level. It’s human nature. It’s like that old…

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A Serious Man

Starting in 2015, I began ranking 120 players per draft based on math and a few other things I believed. Beginning that year, I started back drafting my…

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