Loubardias: Etem on another level

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I am not going to lie, after a less than stellar effort for the United States at back to back World Junior Championships and a round three of last spring’s WHL playoffs, one was starting to think that Medicine Hat Tigers star Emerson Etem might not be at his best when it matters most.

Ryan Nugent-Hysteria running wild

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It wasn’t just any old hat-trick. It was one that brought 16,839 fans at Rexall Place out of their seats and thousands more watching at home, offering hope to an Edmonton Oilers nation that has seen its team struggle far too much in the last decade.

Recent draftees push for NHL gigs

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The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season. In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five. The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.