53rd and 3rd

Dave Tippett made a big difference to the Edmonton Oilers in 2019-20. Special teams is the obvious area but there are other pockets of improvement that…

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A Developing Story

Linus Omark was a pretty good comparable for Robert Nilsson who was a pretty…

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The Edmonton Oilers 2015 draft was a wild affair, with picks being sent away…

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Train in Vain

The great baseball writer Bill James wrote about the importance of large sample…

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Green, Green Grass of Home

What if the Oilers organization, and the key free agents currently on the club,…

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The Oilers and the Hinterlands

During the 2010’s, the Oilers found NHL talent off off Broadway three times. Martin Marincin (Slovakia), Jujhar Khaira (BCHL) and John Marino (United…

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Jari Kurri, Karma, and the 2020 Draft

Jari Kurri was a fantastic player, brilliant in all important areas of the game. He could pass the puck with a deft touch, had a quick, accurate release…

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Fly Like an Eagle

I was convinced the Edmonton Oilers and new general manager Ken Holland would harvest two or three USHL players at the 2019 draft. The US National Team…

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Soviet Jewelry

If you look at the Oilers draft handiwork in the decade just ended, as it pertains to Russia, things have been plenty awful. Too much tundra, very little…

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

In their final three drafts with the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Holland and director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright drafted eight players from Sweden (out…

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Where do the Boys Go?

I worked Top 40 radio for a few years, it was a blast. Canadian hit radio relied heavily on approximately one dozen artists to provide new singles about…

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Western Skies

I love Blue Rodeo. Their original songs are pure, their covers are gorgeous, the sound of the band professional but always raw. I’ve never mistaken…

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Helpless

The song begins with a forlorn electric guitar (Stephen Stills volume pedal and tremolo) making the most lonesome sound—words and music combine for perfect…

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