Today is a tough day…

Today is a tough day…

As I sit down to write this, we were supposed to be on a bus with 50 rowdy Nation citizens, making our way to Calgary to watch the final game of the NHL regular season. We were supposed to be closing out the year in style, partying with Internet friends, and prepping ourselves for a playoff run that was going to turn this city upside down. Instead, we’re all stuck in our houses with nothing to do but guess as to when or if things are going to turn around, and that’s a bummer that I’m havi

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-04

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Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson took large strides in shortened season

Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson took large strides in shortened season

Matthew Robertson was having an outstanding season with the Edmonton Oil Kings and was looking forward to a long Western Hockey League playoff run when the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to everything. Read More

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2020-04-04

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Former Edmonton Oilers scout Barry Fraser recalls selecting Paul Coffey

Former Edmonton Oilers scout Barry Fraser recalls selecting Paul Coffey

Barry Fraser, one of the all-time best hockey scouts, is living here again with wife Tina after two decades in the sun in Cabo San Lucas, now 80 and forever the reason the Edmonton Oilers got great in a hurry in the NHL. Read More

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2020-04-04

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40 Moments: Connor McDavid scores an incredible goal in his return from injury

40 Moments: Connor McDavid scores an incredible goal in his return from injury

In order to celebrate the Edmonton Oilers’ 40-year anniversary AND distract ourselves during this hockey-less nightmare, we’ll be re-living 40 amazing moments from Oilers history. Today, we have Connor McDavid’s amazing goal in his triumphant return from injury.  It didn’t take long for Connor McDavid to figure things out at the NHL level. After being held without a point in the first two games of his career, McDavid redirected a shot from Andrej Sekera for his first career goal. Afte

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-04

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Take Me To The River

Take Me To The River

I am a fan of clarity. Craig MacTavish had it, it was a pleasure to hear him discuss prospects and project them into NHL roles. I especially enjoyed his take on Marc Pouliot back in the day (March 2007): “From what I’ve seen from him, he plays a responsible game. There’s no reason he can’t play a third-line role if he can’t fill a top-two line spot. There are a lot of players, of which we have a few, who have to play on your top two lines, otherwise they’re not going to play. He

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2020-04-04

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Ways I’d Change the NHL: Off the Ice

Ways I’d Change the NHL: Off the Ice

With the NHL currently on hiatus, and it appears as though it will be staying that way for a while, I figured now would be a great time to look at some interesting ways that the NHL could change and in my opinion, improve.  Some of them are mild, some are wild, and some are straight-up weird, but what else are we going to talk about over the next few weeks? To make sure I get the most out of this, I’m going to break this up into three parts. This is part two and it will focus on ideas that t

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-04

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Lowetide: Craig MacTavish’s most important Oilers moment? Picking Leon Draisaitl

MacTavish's decision to draft Draisaitl, and finesse his first season, has already paid dividends for the organization.

Source: The Athletic
Date: 2020-04-04

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NHL Rumors: Latest on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Trade Buzz, Henrik Lundqvist

If the NHL season is unable to resume following the coronavirus pandemic-related pause, New York Rangers fans may have to prepare themselves for the possibility that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist won't be with the franchise when it returns to the ice...

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2020-04-04

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The Nation Roundup

The Nation Roundup

Oilers interrupted; the NHL player poll results you didn’t see; Flames top prospects; Leafs in on Barabanov; reliving the Avs and Wings brawls; an interview with Corey Hirsch and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Sumo Jerky. In the Roundup, we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-04-04

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The once and future Oilers: how the Bakersfield Condors shape up for 2020-21

The key to the Edmonton Oilers rests with the youngest players on the Bakersfield Condors. Next September, Raphael Lavoie will be 19, Evan Bouchard and Ryan McLeod, 20, Kirill Maksimov, Stuart Skinner and Dmitri Samorukov, 21, Tyler Benson, 22, and Cooper Marody, 23. This past season, Bouchard took a huge step up, with 36 points in 54 games in Bakersfield, while

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-04-04

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