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Martin Marincin might not be a mortal lock to make Edmonton Oilers after all

After the Edmonton Oilers got drilled 5-0 in Saskatoon Sunday by Chicago Blackhawks, there were many more questions than answers. Oilers’ coach Dallas Eakins went on at… 1,148 more words

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Edmonton Oilers camp battles: Jesse Joensuu pushes back with strong effort against Chicago

The Edmonton Oilers’ 5-0 preseason loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday was an ugly thing to watch. Utterly dominant for the game’s first 10 minutes, Edmonton collapsed over the remaining 50, with an impotent power play, incompetent defensive play and a lack of offensive imagination each lending a hand to the final result. 1,012 more words

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Edmonton Oilers camp battles: Tyler Pitlick makes a convincing push for full-time employment

A number of the players on the bubble of full-time NHL employment were in preseason action on Wednesday, but none of them did more to help his case than Tyler Pitlick. 1,228 more words

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Edmonton Oilers camp battles: Joensuu, Aulie get off to slow starts

It’s easy to enjoy the preseason. The games don’t really matter, it’s true, but by the time September roles around there’s such a hunger for high-level hockey that the irrelevance at the team level doesn’t really matter.  523 more words

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Battle for position takes "centre" stage as Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rexall Place

The main candidates to fill as many as three spots down the middle for the Edmonton Oilers were on display to a couple of thousand curious onlookers down at Rexall Place on Friday, when Team Messier took on Team Kurri in what looked an awful lot like the old Blue-White game. 1,281 more words

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Which of the Edmonton Oilers’ defencemen makes the best first pass?

I have to admit, I was a little surprised when I saw the name of the Oilers’ most successful puck-moving defenceman through 50-odd games of 2013-14. 668 more words

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The Oilers should not count on Martin Marincin in a top-pairing role this year

When the young defender was asked to do way too much last year, both he and Jeff Petry suffered for it 

There’s much hope vested in Edmonton Oilers d-man Martin Marincin, and while the young player’s game fell apart to some extent in the final leg of his rookie season, it’s easy to see why many observers expect he’ll make the Oilers this year and contribute in a big way. 738 more words

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