What it Would Take for the Edmonton Oilers to Miss the Playoffs

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2017 09:00AM

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For Edmonton Oilers fans long since embittered by their team’s lengthy playoff drought, the club’s performance this season has been a welcome change. Now, in mid-February, the club is in such a good position that it would take a historic collapse to miss the playoffs.

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Fire, Brimstone and Milan Lucic

Jonathan Willis
February 15 2017 10:30AM

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The lack of secondary scoring from the Edmonton Oilers has been a story all season, one with many authors. Old standbys Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have earned scorn. Benoit Pouliot appears to be utterly lost. Big-name free agent acquisition Milan Lucic has been a disappointment.

Of the four of them, there isn’t any question as to which player’s poor season should be the most terrifying for the Oilers. It’s that of Lucic, who seems to be imploding at 5-on-5 just as he enters the first year of a buyout-proof forever contract.

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It may not be Russell or Davidson. It could very well be both.

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2017 11:41AM

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Given the choice between keeping Kris Russell and Brandon Davidson, the poll currently on our site suggests that readers of Oilers Nation would prefer the cheaper, younger Davidson.

That, though, may be a false choice. There is a strong argument that Edmonton should move out two defencemen, in which case both Russell and Davidson might find themselves on the chopping block.

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The Edmonton Oilers and a Flat Salary Cap

Jonathan Willis
February 03 2017 07:00AM

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On Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the probability that the salary cap for 2018-19 would stay at $73.0 million. Assuming that comes to pass, how are the Edmonton Oilers situated? Can they take advantage of the lack of growth in the cap?

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Andrej Sekera, No. 1 Defenceman

Jonathan Willis
January 31 2017 11:15AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have taken a defence-by-committee approach this season. Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell both play a lot, just under 22 minutes per game. Adam Larsson’s numbers are skewed a little by not taking on any kind of offensive role, but he too is over the 20-minute mark on average.

At the top of the depth chart is Andrej Sekera. The best defenceman to enter unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015, Sekera has emerged as an all-situations workhorse for the Oilers and their top overall blueliner.

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