The Need for Speed

Who is the fastest forward prospect in the Oilers prospect pool? Ryan McLeod might be the right answer and his boots give him a different possible career…

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Bakersfield Reasonable

What should we expect from the new arrivals in Bakersfield this winter? I’m…

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Riesen to Believe, 2019 Volume 1

I’ve stared at this 50-man list all summer, and waited for the clouds…

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I’m Still Living The Dream We Had (for me, it’s not over)

Back in 1980, everything seemed fresh, new and exciting. Jari Kurri couldn’t…

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Haas and Nygard

Gaetan Haas and Joakim Nygard have a few things in common, including strong…

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Final Additions

I don’t recall an offseason that left this much business so late into summer. There are like 30 rfa’s to sign (Jesse Puljujarvi is one) and…

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Waive Babies

It’s possible—unlikely, but possible—the Edmonton Oilers will feature a couple of former Bakersfield Condors among the 14 forwards in the opening…

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Blue Side of Lonesome

A year ago April, Ethan Bear’s career trajectory was looking good. He made his NHL debut in year two of entry deal, and posted impressive numbers…

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Making Bets

For the Oilers, this season will be a lot about making bets. Bets on Joel Persson, Gaetan Haas, Joakim Nygard. Bets on Caleb Jones, Tyler Benson, Cooper…

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The Talent Show

Watching a team being built with a plan and vision can be a lot of fun. The Minnesota Twins are often referenced on this blog because they’re an…

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Jay Versus the Volcano

I have followed every Oilers minor league season since 1979, first via The Hockey News and then later the Al Gore. The 2018-19 season in Bakersfield was…

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Draft and College

The Oilers traded the rights to John Marino the other day, he has since signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fans of the Edmonton team are happy with the…

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The Ballad of Marc Pouliot

In the months leading up to his draft, Marc Pouliot was flattened by Dion Phaneuf at the top prospects game. He would endure injuries great and small afterward,…

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