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On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers
On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers

On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers

Behind the Scenes with the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft
By Allan Mitchell

On the Clock

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

ISBN 9781629378947

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2022)

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Overview

An insider history of the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL draft
A singular, transcendent talent can change the fortunes of a hockey team instantly. Each year, NHL teams approach the draft with this knowledge, hoping that luck will be on their side and that their extensive scouting and analysis will pay off. 

In On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers, Allan Mitchell explores the fascinating, rollercoaster history of the Oilers at the draft, from first pick Kevin Lowe through Connor McDavid and beyond. Readers will go behind the scenes with top decision-makers as they evaluate, deliberate, and ultimately make the picks they hope will tip the fate of their franchise toward success. 

From seemingly surefire first-rounders to surprising late selections, this is a must-read for Oilers faithful and hockey fans eager for a glimpse at how teams are built.

Author Biography

Allan Mitchell covers the Oilers for The Athletic, and he is the host of Lowdown with Lowetide on TSN1260 Radio in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter @Lowetide.

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Book Signings

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Sep
29
On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers ›
Edmonton, Alberta
7:00pm
Join author Allan Mitchell for a signing of his new book, 'On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers,' at Audreys Books Ltd in Edmonton, Alberta, CA.

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Sep
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Alberta, Canada
7:00pm
Join author Allan Mitchell for a signing of his book, 'On the Clock: Edmonton Oilers,' at Audreys Books Ltd in Alberta, Canada.

Press Releases

On the Clock: Behind the Scenes with the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft

By Allan Mitchell / Foreword by Frank Seravalli 


Publicity Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312-676-4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com   

 

A singular, transcendent talent can change the fortunes of a hockey team instantly. Each year, NHL teams approach the draft with this knowledge, hoping that luck will be on their side and that their extensive scouting and analysis will pay off. 

 

In On the Clock: Behind the Scenes with the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft, Allan Mitchell explores the fascinating, rollercoaster history of the Oilers at the draft, from first pick Kevin Lowe through Connor McDavid and beyond. Readers will go behind the scenes with top decision-makers as they evaluate, deliberate, and ultimately make the picks they hope will tip the fate of their franchise toward success, with stories that include:

 

  • Beginning in June 1979, the first summer of the team’s NHL existence, and running through the 1980 and 1981 drafts, director of scouting Barry Fraser delivered the heart of a hockey dynasty with just 23 picks.
  • No matter how long the Edmonton Oilers franchise exits, no team will be able to duplicate the perfect storm of Wayne Gretzky combined with the 1979-81 drafts of Barry Fraser and his staff.
  • The first time Allan Mitchell saw Connor McDavid was at Oilers’ orientation camp right after the 2015 draft. Nothing prepared him for his speed and quickness.
  • Glen Sather moved Messier to center permanently on February 15, 1984. The Oilers won the first of five Stanley Cups 63 days later.
  • Draisaitl is the rare player who overcame all the challenges mentioned by scouting reports on draft day. His skating became impressive, his stamina improved, he became more disciplined in shift length. By 2018-19, Draisaitl had emerged as one of the best forwards in the NHL.

 

From seemingly surefire first-rounders to surprising late selections, On the Clock: Behind the Scenes with the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Draft, is a must-read for Oilers faithful and hockey fans eager for a glimpse at how teams are built.

 

About the Author:

Allan Mitchell covers the Oilers for The Athletic, and he is the host of “Lowdown with Lowetide” on TSN 1260 Radio in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter @Lowetide.

 

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