Leon Draisaitl, Jack of all Trades?

Jonathan Willis
March 02 2017 03:22PM

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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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Pacific seeding: Home ice on the line

Jason Gregor
March 02 2017 11:52AM

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With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the biggest story surrounding the Oilers as we head into the final six weeks of the season will be where they finish in the Pacific Division. Making the playoffs is almost guaranteed at this point, but the real race will be for home ice advantage in the first round.

Can the Oilers secure home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 27 years?

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Central Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2017 09:00AM

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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

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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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Oilers add forward depth at trade deadline, but leave open opportunities

Jonathan Willis
March 01 2017 06:05PM

The Edmonton Oilers had a relatively quiet trade deadline, shipping out Brandon Davidson and Taylor Beck and bringing in David Desharnais and Justin Fontaine. How does this situate the team’s forward lines as it gears up for the playoffs?

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