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Jonathan Willis

  • joined Nov 19, 2008
  • last login Aug 30, 2014
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Jonathan Willis has been covering hockey for a variety of websites since April 2008. He is the managing editor of Oilers Nation and writes regularly at the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey blog and Hockey Prospectus. He first covered hockey as the founder of the website Copper & Blue, and later as its managing editor under the SBNation banner.

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Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson on Brett Clark

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I think he can [play in the NHL]. He’s not as fast as he once was, but he’s smart enough to make plays. He controls the game back there, Bob. He’s very calm, he finds breakout passes, makes the pass on the tape. He has a lot of experience, he’s a calming presence for us back there. I think that given the opportunity he’s a guy that could fill a role at that level as maybe a five/six. Right now I still think he has a lot left in him. He enjoys the game, he enjoys coming to the rink. I think he’s the biggest kid coming to the rink because he always has a smile on his face, he brings attitude. He’s a very welcome addition to our back end.

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#13: Martin Gernat

Gernat is trying to come from way back to make the NHL. He's closer than he's ever been.

#7 - Justin Schultz

Justin Schultz debuts at #7

Did Dave Tippett make Ilya Bryzgalov look better than he really is?

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With apologies for the self-promotion, this is my rather lengthy piece on whether or not Dave Tippett was making Bryzgalov look good all those years in Phoenix.

Was Dave Tippett responsible for the success of Smith and Bryzgalov in Phoenix?

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With apologies for the self-promotion, my lengthy piece on whether Dave Tippett is a great coach who also boosts save percentages, or just a great coach.

Jason Zucker was drafted with the reputation of being a defense-first guy with problems finishing,...

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Jason Zucker was drafted with the reputation of being a defense-first guy with problems finishing, but his numbers in college suggest that the offense has come along, and he’s the icing on the cake for the Wild here. Mikael Granlund, the ninth overall pick, is a superb player while sixth-round pick Johan Gustafsson has been lights-out tending net in Sweden this year. Toss in the second-round trio of Zucker, Larsson and Bulmer and 2010 might end up as a huge year for the Wild.

Minnesota's performance at the 2010 Draft stands out
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Scoring Chances, Game 1, Detroit vs. Nashville

The headline over on the main page got it exactly right - the Red Wings couldn't overcome the bounces and Pekka Rinne. As it turns out, they ended up out-chancing the Predators 19-16 overall on...

Cam Barker: Still Terrible

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Cam Barker has sat out the last dozen games after wearing out his welcome in his third NHL city. If only Oilers management had stopped by here last summer.

"We have a much better team than the results and standings show, and we know that."

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"We have a much better team than the results and standings show, and we know that."

General Manager Steve Tambellini, on the Oilers' official website.

David Musil - #14 in the Copper & Blue’s Top 25 Under 25

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Oilers' prospect David Musil finds himself ranked as the 14th-best player aged 25 or under in the team's system.

Relationship Between Blue Jackets' Shots and Scoring Chances

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Thanks to the great work done on this blog, it's possible to see if the Blue Jackets are getting scoring chances at the same rate as they are shots. The answer? the Jackets have generated 11 scoring chances for compared to every 10 against, and 10.9 shots for compared to every 10 against. In other words, the shot data and scoring chance data, at the team level, is nearly identical.

Greg Zanon and the Holy Wars

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Where I argue, from an advanced stats perspective, that Greg Zanon is a useful player for the Minnesota Wild. Editor's note: This is another stats based post. This time, however, the author actually includes the stats and explains how the conclusions were reached, rather than just forcing you to trust his judgment. It seems the stats say Zanon is a pretty good player.

Grudgingly Accepting the Wisniewski Deal

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While the Wisniewski deal looked like a massive overpay at first, it's not nearly so bad once one delves into his track record over the last two seasons.

Thomas is 26 goals better than his own personal average this season. Boston wouldn't have lost...

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Thomas is 26 goals better than his own personal average this season. Boston wouldn't have lost all of those goals had Thomas played at that level, but it's not inconceivable that they would be 9th in the East today. Regardless of where they'd be in that alternate universe, they are slated for some serious regression over the rest of the season

Gabriel Desjardins, 1/29/11. Tim Thomas' save percentage on 1/29/11: 0.945. Since: 0.913.

Nugent-Hopkins Can't Score At Evens

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Looks like Nugent-Hopkins is well back of Gabriel Landeskog and Sean Couturier at even-strength offence: - Couturier: 44GP, 48 PTS - Landeskog: 33GP, 35 PTS - Nugent-Hopkins: 52GP, 32 PTS

Top-25 Under 25: III. Jordan Eberle

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Jordan Eberle ranks third in Copper & Blue's Top-25 players under the age of 25.

#10 - Theo Peckham

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The Top-25 Under-25 continues, with nasty & effective Theo Peckham.

The Rejects, Revisited: A Second Look At The Under-25 Under 25

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An optimistic look at some of the Edmonton Oilers darkhorse prospects.

Compared to the 2009-10 Oilers, this year’s team a) scores marginally less, b) gets scored on more...

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Compared to the 2009-10 Oilers, this year’s team a) scores marginally less, b) gets scored on more frequently, c) gets fewer shots, d) sees more shots against, e) has a worse power play and f) has a worse penalty kill.

Me, comparing this year's team to last year's team.

A friend knew Niinimaa: upon learning he was traded to Isles, Niinimaa looked at 3rd orange jerseys...

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A friend knew Niinimaa: upon learning he was traded to Isles, Niinimaa looked at 3rd orange jerseys & said "I'm wearing that?"

Mike Winters to Derek Zona in response to today's column on Janne Niinimaa

Janne Niinimaa, My Favourite Post-Dynasty Oiler

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Copper & Blue continues it's series on favourite post-dynasty players with Jonathan Willis' choice today: Janne Niinimaa.

Introducing Jaysen Knight

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The depth chart at Copper & Blue gets deeper with the addition of Jaysen Knight to our writing staff.

Nilsson, Thoresen Playing Hockey

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Fun article from the Swedish media; the two ex-Oilers are rooming together and Nilsson's looking forward to the season. Apparently, he also enjoys the fact that the coaches only speak Russian.

Apparently Dan Tencer Isn't A Reader - Too Bad For Him

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When does MSM access become irrelevant? When bloggers use it and they don't.

Raffi Torres vs. Gilbert Brule Since The Trade

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  1. Games Played: 125 > 76, Torres
  2. Goals Per Game: 0.25 > 0.248, Brule
  3. Assists Per Game: 0.28 > 0.2, Brule
  4. QualComp: 11th = 11th (Tie)
  5. CorsiRel: +5.8 > +1.2, Brule

Edmonton's Top-25 Under 25 - #12 Jeff Petry

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Highly touted defenceman Jeff Petry is 12th on our list of the top-25 Oilers under the age of 25.

Edmonton’s Top-25 Under 25 - #21 Curtis Hamilton

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Curtis Hamilton was the 48th pick at this year's Entry Draft, and thanks to injury he was something of a wild card. Where does his potential lie?

Report: Todd Nelson Hired As The First Coach Of The Oklahoma City Barons

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Report: Todd Nelson Hired As The First Coach Of The Oklahoma City Barons

Edmonton’s Top-25 Under 25 - #23 Philippe Cornet

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Edmonton’s Top-25 Under 25 continues with a look at 23rd ranked Philippe Cornet, a forward currently playing in the QMJHL.

Oilers Offered Boogaard $7.0 Million

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"Boogaard's four-year, $6.6 million contract seems wildly excessive and will challenge coach John Tortorella's familiar assertion that paychecks don't influence lineup decisions. It is a fact, however, that Edmonton actually offered Boogaard -- who is going to Russia this summer to train with Pavel Datsyuk -- $7 million over four years."

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