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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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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