Jesse Puljujärvi Has an Amazing Shot

Last week Dustin Nielson of TSN1260 published a blog post on OilersNation, The Curious Case of Jesse Puljujarvi . I need to bring further attention to this incredible passage of the above linked post:

I was recently told by someone in the Oilers department of hockey operations that Puljujarvi has yet to prove he can one-time the puck well enough to see regular time on the man advantage. “Not a great shooter” I was told. I respectfully disagree.

Someone being paid by the Oilers to advise or direct hockey operations thinks Jesse Puljujärvi is “not a great shooter”. I must ask: did this person also think Oliver Ekman-Larsson played for the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16?

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Benoit Pouliot: The Marked Man

When the Oilers mainstream media puts you in their sights, look out. This is the situation Benoit Pouliot finds himself in now.

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Imagine

With apologies to John Lennon.

Imagine there’s no Letestu
It’s easy if you try
No lottery pick for us
All other teams will cry
Imagine all the centres
Scoring when they play… Aha-ah…

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Young Stars G2: Oilers (4) vs Canucks (1)

The NHL was in my backyard last night. I count my luck stars every September when the Canucks’ Young Stars tournament approaches. I’ve had early looks at Nurse, Tkachev (sigh), Draisaitl, McDavid, Slepyshev, and now Puljujarvi, not to mention Ehlrs, Bennett, Gaudreau, Hutton, Virtanen, McCann (what a terrible trade), and more. Presumably I’ll add Tkachuk to that list tomorrow.

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Welcome to Oilogger!

Some things just can’t be said in a tweet.

I really enjoy discussing the Oilers with people on Twitter. I resisted dusting off this site for years, but for a number of reasons this is the right time for me to give it another shot.

Watch this space for my first Oilers-related post, coming soon.

Double Standards and Nail Yakupov

My desire to respond to that tweet from Bob Stauffer nearly got me to dust off Oilogger. I’ve been thinking about it for two years now.

Just three days later, however, this blog post finally did. There was no way to respond in 140 characters or less. I usually enjoy reading the articles on Oil on Whyte, it’s a great site, but this one I disagree with a lot, as you’ll see. I feel it perpetuates a number of myths about Yakupov and the Oilers in general, and I want to gather my thoughts on the topic in one place.

Without further ado, here is my response to “Yakupov Needs to Prove Himself, By Himself”.

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