Found December 28, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Doug McIntyre of ESPN The Magazine, An elusive, skinny lefthanded playmaker taking Edmonton by storm? Comparisons to Wayne Gretzky seem inevitable, but Nugent-Hopkins’ coach in Red Deer sees a different parallel. “I played with Pavel Datsyuk,” says Jesse Wallin, referring to the Red Wings’ three-time All-Star. “That’s really who Hoppy reminds me of. He’s so strong on his blades, and his ability to avoid checks is as good as anybody I’ve seen.” more

(Last Chance for) Hearts of Stone

As the reality of another lost season grips fans of the Edmonton Oilers, the time has come to talk of "next year": the draft, the men who offer hope and finally a defensive pairing worthy of the Oildrop. I've long since given up on hoping for some kind of grand intervention by Oilers management for this season. Ryan Whitney's in real trouble, things are unlikely...

Oilers D Plante KO'd vs. Canucks

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Alex Plante was knocked out of Monday's game against Vancouver after absorbing a jarring hit from Canucks left wing Dale Weise. A shoulder-to-shoulder check by Weise drove Plante's face into the boards and left the rookie bleeding profusely from a cut. Weise received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for the hit. Edmonton...

G36 Oilers at Wild

Small victories are big steps. The Edmonton Oilers have some maturation on defense and youngsters learning on the job in Edmonton and in Oklahoma. As with all of these things, you never know about specific players but (as they say) if you throw enough on the wall some will stick. The Oilers fanbase would have loved Jim Dorey. Seriously. He played the game in black and white with...

More Pain for Ryan Whitney

It has been over a year since Ryan Whitney’s ankle surgery, but the Oilers defenceman is still not completely recovered. Whitney suffered a broken ankle in a game on December 28th, 2010. After a successful surgery to repair the ankle, and a very long offseason Whitney returned to the Oilers lineup but he hasn’t looked like himself. Yesterday, Whitney spoke to the Edmonton media...

Oilers Need A Healthy Hemsky

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun, The Edmonton Oilers hope with his sinus infection clearing, Ales Hemsky will come out of the fog he’s seemingly been in so far this season. The Oilers winger skated with the club on Wednesday prior to departing for Minnesota, where they’ll take on the Wild Thursday. Hemsky sat out the last two games with an infection that had his head...

Video- What Do You Think Of The Dale Weise Hit?

Weise received 5 for charging and a game misconduct. from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey, Asked about the hit by Vancouver forward Dale Weise on Edmonton d-man Alex Plante in Monday night’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney suggested a suspension might be in order. “Pretty tough hit. Maybe a little sabbatical,” Renney said. “He came pretty hard. He had a...

Weise hit on Plante - no suspension.

This is the hit that Vancouver forward Dale Weise put on Edmonton defenseman Alex Plante. The NHL has ruled that this was a shoulder to shoulder hit, and I concur. The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers Tom Renney wasn't very pleased with the hit and said that a suspension might be in order. Asked about the hit by Vancouver forward Dale Weise on Edmonton d-man Alex Plante in...

I-35 Update

The OKC Barons lost last night, but there is good news on the pro prospect front. Last night in the middle of the first period, two young Barons rang shots off the post. Magnus Paajarvi--in OKC to find his confidence and some swagger--hit iron and then Teemu Hartikainen--back after missing 10 games--did the same. "We had great chances, it's just one of those things that...

No Suspension for Canucks’ Dale Weise

According to Jim Jamieson of the province, there will be no suspension or fine for Vancouver Canuck Dale Weise following his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Alex Plante on Monday night. NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan looked at the video of the hit but opted not to hold a hearing with Weise, so there will not be a suspension. It’s still possible Weise could be fined...

Oilers recall Teubert

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Colten Teubert from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Teubert, 21, has played in 17 games with the Barons this season, recording...

Oilers Lose To Wild For The Last Time This Season

Oilers lose to Wild 4-3 Before the midway point in this season, in fact before January 1st, the Edmonton Oilers will have played all six games against the Minnesota Wild, their Northwest Division rivals. The results, have certainly not been in the Oilers favour, but are much better than the 0 and 6 results the Oilers had last year, they took two of those six. Fortunately, the Oilers...

Oilers Dropping From Race

After two years of finishes in last place in the NHL it was nice to see the Edmonton Oilers sitting in a playoff spot in the early part of the season was a nice change.  The Oilers have a talented young core including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the likely rookie of the year, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.  It is clear that this group will likely develop into a good NHL team.  It is...

Edmonton Oilers (15-17-3) at Minnesota Wild (20-12-6), 8 p.m. (ET)

Minnesota's longest winless stretch of the season has cost it first place in the Northwest Division and now the club can't even count on a visit from Edmonton for some automatic momentum.
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