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Sam Gagner, The Next Bobby Clarke? Dave Keon? Bobby Carpenter?

Sam Gagner's 21-year-old season is going to finally allow Edmonton fans to figure out which direction his arrows are going. Is he more like Dave Keon or Peter Zezel?

Face-off Percentage, 2007-08

This is Jarret Stoll, facing off against one Joe Sakic, in what must have been a pretty typical encounter when the Oilers played the Avalanche this season. Stoll led the Oilers this season with a...

Edmonton Oilers 1st Round Picks, 2007

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft came on the heels of one of the most disappointing seasons in the history of the Oilers. A veteran-laden group had come within one game of the Stanley Cup in 2005-06, a...

Sam Gagner to Dress for Canada

The Globe & Mail is reporting that Team Canada forward Eric Staal will miss the quarter-final game against Norway to attend the funeral of his grandfather. Unfortunate news for the Staal family,...

This Gretzky Character May Know Something About Coaching

I really liked the Jokinen trade from a Phoenix perspective, and I think that Phoenix is building a team the right way. They brought in an experienced, unheralded guy in Don Maloney to be the...

I Don't Believe in the "Sophomore Slump"

I have some time this morning, and I thought it might be nice to have a look at the younger players entering their 2nd/3rd season, and trying to decide what a reasonable expectation for them would...

Edmonton Oilers Powerplay: 2008-09

One of the consistent weaknesses of the Edmonton Oilers under Lowe/MacTavish has been the team’s consistent inability to ice a successful powerplay. The highest the powerplay has ever finished is...

Beating the Odds

I reference Gare Joyce’s book Future Greats and Heartbreaks in my last post, and I’m going to do it again here. Gare Joyce spent the 2006-07 season behind the scenes with the scouting staff of the...

The Mighty Oil, According to EA Sports

The greatest indicator of an NHL player’s ability has just been released, and it shows troubling news for the Oilers. I’m not talking about hockey pool guides, or the NHL awards show, or even...

Shooting: What and Where

As anyone who reads my writing knows, I'm an avid fan of the work done by Gabriel Desjardins at Behind the Net. One of the many things he does to improve game analysis is provide individual...

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