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Sports As the 7-and-1 Edmonton Oilers rocket out of the gate, we gaze deeper into a Taylor-made future: 9 Things

10:55  20 october  2019
10:55  20 october  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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The history of the Edmonton Oilers dates back to 1972, when the team was established as a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton , Alberta. The team originally played in the World Hockey Association (WHA), before joining the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979.

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When play started Saturday the Edmonton Oilers were 1 st over-all in the NHL standings with 14 points in 8 games.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I was referencing the Oilers of 1984-85.

No. It is really 2019. And the club is off to one of it’s best starts ever.

Improbable? Unlikely? Who cares? The 14 points are real and they’re spectacular. No one will show up in April and take them away. Yes, the club still must negotiate the next 74 games without blowing this enviable cushion.

But it beats the hell out of trying to dig out of an early hole yet again. The Oilers try to keep the puck sliding their way in Winnipeg today. Meanwhile, a name from the past just won’t go away. That’s just one of this week’s…

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The Gretzkys made an arrangement with a local family they knew and Wayne did play for the 32] Gretzky scored his first professional goal against Dave Dryden of the Edmonton Oilers [33] in his Gretzky's success in the WHA carried over into the NHL, despite some critics suggesting he would

This just in from Chris Ryan of NJ.com and from Andrew Gross of the Fire & Ice blog, word from Taylor Hall that he’s still not OK with being traded away from the Edmonton Oilers . At first , Ryan and Gross both had Hall saying he felt “bitter resentment” towards the Oilers .

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9. Former Oil Kings defence stalwart Cody Corbett has caught on with the Oilers. He inked a PTO at week’s end and reported to Bakersfield Saturday. The LHS Corbett was a point-per-game player and won a Memorial Cup in his last year of junior. But he has bumped around the AHL, ECHL and Europe ever since 2014-15.

8. Mikko Koskinen is only the 2 nd goaltender in franchise history to win each of his first four games of a season. The other was Andy Moog (4-0-0 in 1983-84). Moog went on to a 27-8-1 season with a 3.77 GAA and an .882 SV%. Of course, that was a different era so the percentages aren’t really comparable. We can only dream about the W-L record.

7. Going into play Saturday Leon Draisaitl had been on the ice for more goals-for than any other NHL player (23) so far this season. He’s only been on for 7 goals against. And only once in 8 games has the opposition scored a power play with Leon defending (just shy of 15 minutes of SH TOI). Two more reasons why Draisaitl should be a Selke candidate this season.

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It has been a whirlwind of a week for new Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland. Not even a week into his new job, the veteran NHL Executive is already making a significant impact on his new team… …the consequences of which we will begin to see in the weeks

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6. Sam Gagner was re-called Saturday and Gaeten Haas assigned to Bakersfield. Sam gives the Oilers more options, especially on offence. Not sure the decision to farm him out in the first place was the right one. I’m still not convinced that Haas is an NHL player. He has adjusted somewhat. But he is still challenged by the over-all pace and physicality of the league. Bakersfield should be good for him. Haas needs to play more than 7:52 per night (average) to try and overcome those challenges.

5. Perhaps the most urgent mission that Ken Holland and Dave Tippett embarked upon in the off-season was to cut down on the number of goals allowed. The club was tied for 6 th worst in the NHL in that regard last season. They allowed goals at a clip of 3.34 per game. So far in 2019-20? The Oilers have allowed just 20 goals in 8 games (so, 2.5/game). Consider that result within the context of Western Conference teams who made the playoffs last season: Only Dallas (2.46/game) and Nashville (2.61/game) were better than than the pace the Oilers are currently on.

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4. When you study specific in-game situations it becomes apparent which players Tippett trusts most. Some of the faces you see out there with the game on the line surprise no-one (Draisaitl, Connor McDavid , Oscar Klefbom , etc.). Others reveal more. The Gaeten Haas trio (with Tomas Jurco and Josh Archibald ) did not touch the ice in the final 10 minutes Friday. Don’t think that wasn’t a factor in Haas being demoted. A coach needs to know what to expect from a player in those situations. The Matt Benning & Brandon Manning pair was also on the bench for the final 3:00. But Patrick Russell had his name called (played the final 42 seconds) as did Ethan Bear (second-to-last shift) and Kris Russell (the final :58).

3. Speaking of Ethan Bear , he was named the 1 st Star of Friday’s win over the Red Wings. He played 21:40 and in all situations. Bear also notched his 2 nd of the season on a heady stop-start-shuffle & shoot, his seeing-eye wrister finding twine for the 2-0. It is notable that Bear and partner Darnell Nurse have the 4 th most total time-on-ice of all D pairings in the league (121:15). Ethan Bear would have been a big story if he’d made this club as a 3 rd pairing guy playing around 12:00 a night. But Bear, a 5 th Round draft choice (124 th over-all), is thriving as one-half of one of the busiest D-pairings in the entire NHL. Think about that.

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The Oilers have lost seven straight and have been outscored 26-11 in the first period this year, and that’s just the One thing is for certain frustration is at an all-time high. Here is what some of the fans are saying on sites like As an Edmonton Oilers fan there appears to be no way out of this abyss.

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2. The progression of defenders such as Bear is the linchpin in the Oilers plan to turn this franchise into a championship one. The organization has more and quality depth at that position than at any other. And because their combined ages and relative progressions line up so well it is feasible that the club could at some point in the next couple years ice 5 of 7D while still on their ELC’s (Bear, William Lagesson , Evan Bouchard , Caleb Jones and Philip Broberg , maybe Dmitri Samorukov is also in that mix). In a salary cap era? That is huge. If it comes together, it would enable the club to take on a significant salary with term up front. Speaking of which…

1.There were 3 influential voices in the Edmonton Oilers decision to trade Taylor Hall . The obvious and most documented one was Peter Chiarelli . Kelly Buchberger (in Player Personnel at the time) also advocated for it. And so did former Head Coach Todd McLelland although Todd thought any return would be higher. None of the 3 remain with the organization. In fact Oilers hockey ops have been pretty much wiped clean since then. If there were any hard feelings in the Hall Camp at the time (and there most definitely were) those who embodied those feelings are no long around. Remember, Keith Gretzky was hired almost 2 months after the Hall deal. His hands are clean.

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The Oilers may have lost McDavid for months but Eberle returns on Friday and there is more good news. Unfortunately, the Oilers will be running into a red hot Pittsburgh Penguisn team that have gone 8-2-0 in their last ten games and are on a five game winning streak after struggling out of the

Congratulations, and welcome to the first ever Edmonton Oilers ’ Puck Daddy Eulogy! Know that when I write things like “the trade is one for one : Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson” it is not hyperbole. The first round of the playoffs saw a match-up between the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.

Where would the Hall Camp prefer to land? A franchise that doesn’t just have a chance to win…but to win for a while. This is Hall’s one opportunity to pick his spot. The core would need to be comparable in terms of age and complimentary in terms of skill. For an elite NHL winger (that’s what Taylor Hall is) that means high-end centers and blue-liners who can move the puck. With their promising young D-core, McDavid and Draisaitl the Oilers will see a potential fit and pitch hard. Not all fans are convinced that this would be a good idea but my take is: Take the blinders off. Hall is a Top-10 NHL player.

But what about Taylor? Would the Hall Camp want to come back? Well, if you ask the player he would say that he never wanted to leave in the first place. It certainly wasn’t his choice. He liked Edmonton and enjoyed the Canadian market experience.

I use the term “the Hall Camp” (by the way) because the group that will influence Taylor Hall’s future should be defined more broadly than just the player and his agent, Darren Ferris . Hall’s circle of most-trusted advisers is bigger than just that.

And the wounds left in that circle back in 2016 have largely healed. Don’t underestimate how significant of a factor that may be in Edmonton’s favor.

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