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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-cap of the win against the Jets, McDavid’s performance and previewing tonight’s home opener against Boston
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-cap of the win against the Jets, McDavid’s performance and previewing tonight’s home opener against Boston
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 19:15 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, October 18) Topics we covered: A re-cap of the Oilers overtime win against the Jets, and what the Oilers did well to stage the come back. McDavid&...
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Minor change that represents a larger issue
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Minor change that represents a larger issue
The Oilers made changes to their bottom six line combinations following their 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Sweden. Centerman Kyle Brodziak became a healthy scratch. And Zack Kassian and Tobias Rieder, his two wingers from the first game, moved up to play with centerman Ryan Strome. That p...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): The poor start in Sweden and previewing tonight’s game against Boston
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): The poor start in Sweden and previewing tonight’s game against Boston
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 18:20 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, October 11) Topics we covered: The poor performance against the Devils in Sweden and what the Oilers will need to improve on. Todd McLellan on the...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Pre-season results, emerging players and previewing tonight’s game against Arizona
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Pre-season results, emerging players and previewing tonight’s game against Arizona
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 18:45 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, September 27) Topics we covered: Ty Rattie’s pre-season performance and what the Oilers can expect from the forward. Jesse Puljujärvi’...
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Generating offence on the penalty kill
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Generating offence on the penalty kill
Looking into how the Edmonton Oilers and the rest of the league did last season, I’ve started coming up with some rough numbers that the Oilers should be striving for if they want to be in the mix for a playoff berth. Game state Targets 5v5 >52.0% GF%, 2.5 GF/60 5v5 with McDavid >57.0% GF...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Previewing tonight’s game, training camp and Nurse’s deal
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Previewing tonight’s game, training camp and Nurse’s deal
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 16:50 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, September 20) Topics we covered: The importance of getting Darnell Nurse signed to a short-term deal, and what the Oilers can expect from him goin...
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Tunnel vision
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Tunnel vision
After watching their playoff aspirations gradually slip away and becoming seller’s at the trade deadline, the Oilers had no other option but to begin a period of evaluation to close the 2017/18 season. After trading away forwards Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu, changes were expected to the group...
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Looking to Winnipeg for inspiration
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Looking to Winnipeg for inspiration
With so much parity in the NHL due to the cap system and a higher distribution of talent across the 31 franchises, it’s always easy to find reasonable comparables for any club. There’s always a team to emulate or a model to follow, and it’s informative to look back a season or t...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers rookie camp, off-season moves, Nurse contract and more
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers rookie camp, off-season moves, Nurse contract and more
I joined host Sandra Batson on the CBC Edmonton News  to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 14:00 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2018, September 6) Topics we covered: Oilers rookie camp opening and players to watch including Bouchard, Bear, Yamamoto and Lagesson.  Good chance we&...
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Thoughts on the upcoming 2018/19 season
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Thoughts on the upcoming 2018/19 season
There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the Edmonton Oilers this upcoming season. After a dreadful 2017/18 season, largely sunk by poor special teams, goaltending and a lack of scoring depth, the franchise desperately needs to have positive results. Expectations of winning a Stanley Cup ma...
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