The Fifth Round

Ethan Bear made the opening night lineup and spent the regular season carving out an NHL job in the upper echelons of the Oilers defensive depth chart….

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This Must Be The Place

I remember well the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. The Hockey News told me Ron Chipperfield…

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Free Bird

There are pockets of procurement that provide opportunities for NHL teams. It…

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Here Comes the Sun 2020

This is my final list for the 2020 draft. It is 125 names deep and this has…

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Last Chance Texaco

It’s always interesting to see a new general manager suss through the…

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Bullitt

During the period where I write about the draft, a theme arises out of the mist. Several emails, comments, tweets remind me that drafting someone in 2020…

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Experiments with Foreign Sounds

I believe the first 30 picks are going to follow a fairly predictable path for the 2020 draft. Even a list like mine, which is a math list, should be able…

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Frantic

I’ve been listening to old Tyler Wright interviews in hopes of getting a feel for what the DRW prioritized during his time in Motown. Most of the…

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Next Stop Chi-town

On the day he was drafted, I wrote about Leon Draisaitl “we should expect a quality center for a decade and then a half of one beyond it. We should…

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Ryan Kuffner

In the summer of 1969, Rejean Houle was chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He led the OHA in points, scored 53 goals and…

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Feels Like Home To Me

I started my first radio job (Wetaskiwin) at the same time as a bunch of talented young people, and found the same level of quality in my second job in…

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It was 30 years ago today!

I have it on DVD and will probably watch it today. 30 years ago the Edmonton Oilers won their 5th Stanley. It was a delightful experience, because (unlike…

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Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Wright

In the days when the Edmonton Oilers were trying to decide on the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft (the final four were Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray,…

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