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Will Position Change Help Taylor Hall's Ascent to NHL Superstardom?

Posted 09/09/2013 - 17:31 by HockeyPolls

Taylor Hall's journey to superstardom took a step in the right direction last season when the Edmonton Oilers winger led the team in scoring and displayed the leadership of a future captain.

As the former No. 1 draft pick attempts join the upper echelon of NHL players in 2013-14, moving from left wing to center at the start of the season is going to have a major impact on his development.

Top Storylines for Minnesota Wild 2013-14 Training Camp

Posted 09/09/2013 - 17:13 by HockeyPolls

The biggest storyline heading into the Minnesota Wild’s 2013-14 training camp is how a band of 20-somethings is going to build off of last season’s playoff appearance.

Edmonton Oilers: Why Sam Gagner Is Low Risk, High Reward for the Oilers

Posted 08/23/2013 - 10:04 by HockeyPolls

Sam Gagner will be a huge piece to the puzzle for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season. He recently re-signed with the team for three years in July on a deal worth up to $14.4 million over that three-year span. 

The 5 Players That Will Determine the Season for the Minnesota Wild

Posted 08/23/2013 - 01:23 by HockeyPolls

After their first playoff run since 2007-08 ended in a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild are poised to once again make a run at the playoffs this season. 

Edmonton Oilers: 5 Oilers Who Need to Step Up in 2013-14

Posted 08/22/2013 - 22:06 by HockeyPolls

The Edmonton Oilers are on the cusp of returning to contention for the first time in years. New general manager Craig MacTavish has reshaped the roster and made it more competitive. He succeeds former GM Steve Tambellini, who was regarded as too cautious.

MacTavish promised some "bold" moves this offseason. His moves may have not been "bold," but they improved the team. 

Edmonton Oilers: Analyzing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2014 Season

Posted 08/22/2013 - 12:53 by HockeyPolls

With the 2013-14 NHL season just around the corner the anticipation in Edmonton is at an all-time high.

Armed with a new GM, a new head coach and a few key new roster additions, the Oilers could very well be primed to take the next step in their rebuilding process and compete for a playoff season.

While the Oilers have a lot of good young pieces to the puzzle, there will also be some bad and some ugly points along the way as the group looks to cement themselves as a legitimate playoff contender.

5 Headlines That Will Be Written During the Vancouver Canucks' 2013-14 Season

Posted 08/19/2013 - 22:12 by HockeyPolls

The Vancouver Canucks have undoubtedly gotten worse this summer. They have lost Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Keith Ballard, Cory Schneider and Mason Raymond (most likely), and even talks with Chris Tanev have hit a standstill.

Biggest Ups and Downs of Minnesota Wild's 2013 Offseason

Posted 08/19/2013 - 20:50 by HockeyPolls

The Minnesota Wild did not bring in the haul they did last year when the signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to matching 13-year contracts on July 4. They did, however, make some dramatic moves that will place young players in prominent positions next season.

The Biggest Ups and Downs of the Edmonton Oilers' 2013 Offseason

Posted 08/19/2013 - 10:02 by HockeyPolls

The Edmonton Oilers were one of the busier NHL franchises during the 2013 offseason, changing general managers, the head coach as well as entering the free-agent market looking to fill some holes.

Things were not working in Edmonton, and as the team once again failed to take the next step in the rebuilding process and make the playoffs, changes were ultimately necessary.

5 Headlines That Will Be Written During Edmonton Oilers' 2013-14 Season

Posted 08/15/2013 - 13:30 by HockeyPolls

The Edmonton Oilers seem to be a team constantly in flux. After three dismal seasons and what could be viewed at this point as a failed rebuilding process, the franchise will hope that the 2013–14 season will finally be the turning point for the club.

Armed with a new GM in Craig MacTavish and a new head coach in Dallas Eakins, the culture in the Edmonton Oilers locker room is almost certain to change as the team attempts to establish themselves as a competitive team in the newly formed Pacific Division.

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