The Second Defence Pairing

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2016 05:30PM

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The Edmonton Oilers entered the summer of 2016 with several issues on the defensive side of the depth chart. Adam Larsson was deemed to be the solution to the right side of the team’s top pairing, but there are still questions regarding how the Oilers plan to approach some of the secondary issues with the back end.

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2016 11:52AM

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Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating.

It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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The NHL Goaltending Carousel

Jonathan Willis
March 28 2015 01:30PM

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We’re approaching what could be a pretty slow summer for goalie moves. There really aren’t that many No. 1 candidates approaching free agency or plausibly available via trade; at the same time 80 percent of the league – 24 teams – has a legitimate starter under contract and two more clubs have one entering restricted free agency.

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Montreal Canadiens' Marc Bergevin getting excellent bang-for-buck

Jonathan Willis
March 02 2015 10:53AM

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If a well-dressed man with a French accent shows up at your garage sale, don’t bother haggling with him, just quickly send him on his way. It might not be Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, but there is no sense taking chances. And judging from his work at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline he spends a lot of time hunting bargains and he usually gets what he wants for less than he should.

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If the Oilers’ advanced stats are so good, why don’t they win hockey games?

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2014 11:59AM

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The comments section on this website was a little testy yesterday, and analytics in hockey were a target for many. It’s understandable; there has been a lot of talk about the Oilers’ improved underlying numbers while at the same time the team isn’t winning hockey games. So what’s going on with that anyway?

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