Mark Spector
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Senior columnist Mark Spector is one of Canada’s leading sources for breaking NHL news. Regularly contributing to sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet magazine, Spector gives Canadian hockey fans exclusive insight to the goings-on in NHL franchises. He also acts as the sideline reporter for Sportsnet’s regional Edmonton Oilers broadcasts.
With newfound focus, Ethan Bear's hunting for spot on Oilers blue line
Mark Spector
Ethan Bear is looking squarely into the mirror, staring right into the eyes of the guy he sees, and saying, “it’s about time I stepped up and put the work in.” He's hoping that it will lead to a spot on the Oilers' blue line.
Pinning down Oilers' opening night blue-line still a work in progress
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Pre-season or not, Oilers' success hinges on improving penalty kill
Mark Spector
We get it — it’s not the real penalty-killing unit. But guess what? It was not the Canucks' real power-play unit either. This has been such a sore spot for this team for so many seasons, it’s mighty clear that if the penalty kill doesn’t get fixed, neither will the team.
Burdasov must show Oilers he wants to be NHL player, not just make NHL money
Mark Spector
They say hockey is an international language, and Anton Burdasov certainly knows one term: One-way contract. If he really wants to make it here, he may need to expand his vocabulary.
Anton Burdasov faces uphill battle to make impact with Oilers
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With Oilers focused on results, Bouchard must turn potential into reality
Mark Spector
The collective attitude of these Oilers is plain to see: Stats are nice, being in shape is great, and potential is also a handy attribute. But it’s about winning, and winning now. For star prospect Evan Bouchard, that means bring it on the ice, or don’t bring it all.
Nygard's patient pursuit of NHL dream leads to golden Oilers opportunity
Mark Spector
Joakim Nygard isn’t like every other Swede who comes West searching for a National Hockey League job, but with his speed, skill and the Edmonton Oilers' need for a second line left winger, he may end up being what the team needs in their top-six
Leaner, smarter Nurse ready to take control of his progress for Oilers
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Unlikely path leads Joel Persson to chance at vital role with Oilers
Mark Spector
As Oilers camp opened Friday, Oscar Klefbom emerged with Joel Persson, a lefty-righty pairing that would really be a godsend for the Oilers — assuming the new guy can play.