Leon Draisaitl, Jack of all Trades?

Jonathan Willis
March 02 2017 03:22PM


Even without a real third line centre this year, Todd McLellan and his staff kept bumping Leon Draisaitl over to right wing on the Edmonton Oilers’ top line. At the deadline, the Oilers brought a legitimate candidate in to fill that third line role in David Desharnais. Thus it seemed like a logical assumption that this would lead to full-time deployment of a McDavid/Draisaitl duo on the top line.

McLellan talked to the press on Thursday, and explained that such an assumption was not at all in line with his thinking on the subject.

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Central Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2017 09:00AM


This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad? 

The Stars, Avs, and Jets all sold with underwhelming results, the Blues finally moved on from Kevin Shattenkirk, the Hawks and Predators made minor additions, and the Wild payed a massive price to capitalize on their biggest window of opportunity in franchise history. 

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2017 07:00AM


This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad? 

The Canucks finally bit the bullet and began to sell off their aging assets, the Sharks and Ducks both made slight upgrades to their forward depth, the Flames took a gamble on a player who could help them long-term, the Coyotes went half-in on their fire sale, and the Oilers curiously stood still with their first playoff berth in a decade potentially on the horizon. At the end of it? Things probably aren't much different than they were before. 

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What can the Flames expect from Curtis Lazar?

Ari Yanover
March 01 2017 04:30PM

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The Calgary Flames are not contenders. They appear to be on the upswing, and odds are looking good they'll make the playoffs this season, but they aren't a major threat to win anything yet. They're a team that is not in any position to rent players for a playoff run.

And for the most part, they stuck to their word. Michael Stone may or may not turn out to be a rental, but at 26 years of age, he certainly fits into the Flames' age group.

And so does 22-year-old Curtis Lazar. He's the fifth 2013 first round pick the Flames have acquired: a month older than Morgan Klimchuk, who has yet to make his NHL debut; and younger than Sean Monahan, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Emile Poirier. Following the trade, Brad Treliving was emphatic that this was a long-term move, and Lazar was a part of the Flames' plans for the future.

Contrast that to, say, the 35-year-old Radim Vrbata. The Flames are aware they're still building a team, and they decided to spend assets on someone they expect to be a part of it for years to come.

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Davidson vs. Desharnais

Jason Gregor
March 01 2017 02:00PM


Brandon Davidson was a rare feel good story in a gloomy era of Oilers hockey. He overcame testicular cancer and as a sixth round selection in 2010, beat the odds of making it to the NHL. Very few 162nd overall picks play in the NHL, but to date Davidson has dressed for 91 NHL games.

He is a great story, but was he going to be part of the Oilers future?

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