Is Patrick Maroon for real?

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2017 04:30PM

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One commonly cited statistic with regard to Patrick Maroon’s transformation in Edmonton is his goals total. After scoring 26 goals in 204 games with Anaheim, he now has 26 goals in just 63 games with the Oilers.

The other way of putting that is that after scoring 26 goals on his first 300 shots (8.7 shooting percentage) he now has 26 goals on his last 144 shots (18.1 shooting percentage). Normally, this sort of thing does not end well, but is there reason to think that Maroon could be an exception to the rule?

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Oilers recall Anton Lander, assign Taylor Beck to Bakersfield

Jonathan Willis
January 02 2017 11:14AM

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Taylor Beck, we hardly knew you. On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Beck to the AHL, making room for the recall of Anton Lander from Bakersfield.

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It's time to end the Lucic/McDavid experiment

Jonathan Willis
December 18 2016 06:30PM

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We’re at the point now where I’m starting to wonder what Milan Lucic has to do before he gets bumped off Connor McDavid’s line. McDavid now has just a single even-strength assist over his last eight games, and has seen a revolving door at right wing. Yet on the port side, Lucic remains untouchable, even as he goes deeper into yet another even-strength scoring slump.

Why not try something different?

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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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