May 24 2015 08:00AM
One of the most interesting tests of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarellli in his first year on the job will be his handling of not-a-prospect-not-yet-a-player Martin Marincin. There are a lot of directions the team can go here, and the path forward is by no means clear.
May 23 2015 07:06PM
This is Curtis Hamilton. He's always been a personal favorite, owing to a scouting report that suggested he could bring a range of skills to the pro game. Injuries have impacted Hamilton's career with the Oilers, and four years in, he's at a crossroads. Hamilton's future with the team is in the hands of Peter Chiarelli and dependent on the organization's evaluation of a number of prospects. It's going to be an interesting summer.
May 23 2015 10:05AM
This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble.
Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. Today we turn to the team I had in mind when I started this series: the Chicago Blackhawks.
May 23 2015 08:05AM
One of the best stories to come out of another lost Oiler season was the emergence of Oscar Klefbom. The former 19th Overall pick from the 2011 Draft started the year in the AHL having played just a smattering of games for the Oilers in 2013-2014. His season may have begun in the AHL but when the last whistle sounded he was arguably at the top of the team’s Defensive Depth chart.
May 22 2015 08:42PM
Todd McLellan is going to coach one of the NHL's all-time rookies if things break right this fall and Connor McDavid will most certainly be the best freshman McLellan sees in his NHL career. We can gain some insight into McLellan's view of (normal) rookies by looking into the past and seeing what he valued when in his early years with San Jose. As with our recent look at Peter Chiarelli's past in this area, there are some surprises.