Just how good are the Edmonton Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
December 02 2016 10:27AM

It’s a Friday in December and the Edmonton Oilers are not only in playoff position, but they’re there on merit. The really scary thing? If the underlying numbers are to be believed, the rest of the season may go even better.

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Kris Russell is slowing, and with him the Oilers' second defence pairing

Jonathan Willis
November 03 2016 02:55PM

Kris Russell had a phenomenal debut with the Edmonton Oilers. Playing on his off-side along with Andrej Sekera on the second pairing, Russell’s strong play gave the Oilers two quality defence pairings through the first few games of the season, a luxury the team hasn’t had since Lubomir Visnovsky and Sheldon Souray were haphazardly discarded at the start of the rebuild.

Unfortunately for Edmonton, the honeymoon is now over. Russell’s play has fallen off, and those concerns about the second pairing are once again worth noting.

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The Trade That’s Really Paying off For Edmonton In 2016-17

Jonathan Willis
October 31 2016 04:30PM

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October has been a great month for Peter Chiarelli. After a controversial summer, his Edmonton Oilers are sitting atop the Western Conference with a magnificent 7-2-0 record, and newcomers like Adam Larsson and Kris Russell have been key components to that successful start.

Yet while Larsson and Russell have been important to Edmonton’s progress this season, it’s another move of the general manager’s that really stands out as being essential: the decision at the 2015 draft to roll the dice on Cam Talbot as the team’s starting goaltender.

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/10/16 Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 10 2016 10:25AM

We've been waiting for a while for the good names to start showing up on the waiver wire. On Monday, it happened.

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Highlights from the waiver wire: 10/9/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2016 04:00PM

Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.

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