OILERS AT 111: ZACH NAGELVOORT

I had him No. 91 overall, the story here is the save percentage.   ISS scout Phil Myre: Good size goalie.  Very competitive and excellent focus….

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OILERS AT 91: WILLIAM LAGESSON

I had him at No. 77, he’s an interesting two way player. A few notes from…

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2014 DRAFT DAY TWO: HURRY UP AND WAIT

It’s day two at the 2014 entry draft. The Edmonton Oilers won’t…

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POST FIRST ROUND THOUGHTS

The Oilers got their man tonight, as Leon Draisaitl goes right to the top of…

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2014 DRAFT: DAY ONE

The climax to the season—Edmonton Oiler edition—arrives tonight after work….

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2013 ENTRY DRAFT POST 23: THE FINAL 30

This year’s draft follow has been a lot of fun. Mostly because there are so many brilliant people to read and talk to about the draft, but also due…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION, VOL 19: THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

The “target” for the Vancouver Canucks on expansion draft day was Doug Favell. The man targeting Favell was Bud Poile, one of the architects…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 18: THE SPONSORSHIP ERA

Consider this post the “Cod Liver Oil” of the expansion series: explaining the sponsorship system. Much of the next 100,000 words are lifted…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 17: GET BACK TO PITTSBUGH, PETE

This is Sid Abel interviewing Greg Joly, late 70s based on haircuts. One of the things I’ve tried to do in this series is impress upon you the idea…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 16: THE AMATEUR DRAFT

This is Cliff Koroll. Using the rules of the universal draft established in 1969, he would have been available to all NHL teams via the 1967 entry draft….

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 15 WRAP REPORT

The Philadelphia Flyers won the expansion draft the moment they called Bernie Parent’s name. Question: did they also win the expansion draft overall?…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 14

From the opening bars of the 1967 expansion, Sam Pollock and Wren Blair (Minnesota’s GM) made beautiful music together. How lovely it sounded in…

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THE GREAT EXPANSION VOL 13

The Oakland Seals represent the low point of the great expansion for good reason. There were so many lost opportunities. Telling the whole story would…

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