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Trust Your Board
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Trust Your Board
Keith Gretzky was head scout of the Boston Bruins for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 drafts. He arrived in Edmonton late summer 2016 and joined forces with Bob Green and the Oilers scouting staff in time to contribute to the 2017 Oilers selections. I firmly believe you need five years to judge a draft (...
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What to expect when you’re expecting to win the draft lottery
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Saturday night brings us another draft lottery and as you know the Edmonton Oilers are the kings of that game. I wrote an item for The Athletic this morning, about what would happen if Edmonton won the lottery, the impact of Rasmus Dahlin, and the likely popularity of the phrase ‘Dahlin-to-...
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Problems
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Peter Chiarelli is under a great deal of pressure this offseason and much of the negative is self inflicted. It’s important to acknowledge the train wreck prospect pipeline he inherited and today we’re going to have a look at one reason it got that way: The 2013 entry draft. THE ATHLE...
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A big red beacon, a flag and a man on the rail
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The biggest news over the weekend surrounded a Finnish goalie playing in Russia and running a pretty strong save percentage. The Oilers are running a string of unusual decisions in goal and that sets up summer in a Mystery Science Theatre way. What will happen? Stay tuned, and bring your inner sm...
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Umbrella Summer
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I sometimes wonder if people realize exactly how many draft picks Peter Chiarelli traded at 2015’s draft weekend. Not only did the new general manager trade a mountain of picks, he happened to be standing in the deepest draft in a dozen years at the time. THE ATHLETIC! Great playoff special...
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Strawberry Moon
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In late June, the Edmonton Oilers will draft another crop of prospects who will (hopefully) blossom into productive players—maybe even receive Stanley from Connor McDavid on an early summer night in the days ahead. What would you like from an Oilers draft? High risk? Or a predictable list foretol...
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Pet Sounds
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Yesterday we made the ‘summer needs’ list and found the Oilers need to acquire a puck mover (left or right), a winger (or two), a backup goaltender, and to increase the footprint of the ’94s (which may involve acquiring more ’94s). It’s a fairly substantial list. Que...
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Sad Songs and Waltzes
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In describing his team and things he would like to acquire, Peter Chiarelli often uses vague terms. “Heavy sticks” was one he used in the early days of 2015 and more recently (last week) he spoke a lot about “higher pace” but was quick to add that didn’t necessarily ...
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(Cap) Room with a view
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As we spend our spring mornings wondering if we’ll ever see spring and discussing a trade of No. 9 overall, I return to the cap projections and repeat the truth: Edmonton has to offload some salary in order to add any prominent piece. There’s no way around it. THE ATHLETIC! Great play...
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Shine a Light
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The Edmonton Oilers have a chance to secure another brilliant diamond in the McDavid cluster with astute drafting at No. 9 or higher. Since 2010, the club has been (mostly) drafting in wonderful places in the first round. This time, it’s at the end of the top 10 before the lottery. If Peter...
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