July 07 2015 04:51PM
Players from Finland hold a special place for Oilers fans, dating back to WHA times. Names like Juha Widing (Swede born in Finland), Risto Siltanen, Matti Hagman, Jari Kurri, Esa Tikkanen, Janne Niinimaa and Jussi Markkanen represent some of the best (and most popular) players ever to don the Oil drop. The latest Finnish addition is Lauri Korpikoski, veteran two-way winger with a rich NHL resume. What could be better than a Finn? You'll never guess!
July 07 2015 02:55PM
When the hype machine is revved up to redline as it has been for Connor McDavid, it’s not very often a player, even one as obviously special and gifted as him, can live up to it.
July 07 2015 12:58PM
On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers traded fringe prospect Liam Coughlin to the Chicago Blackhawks for the rights to goalie Anders Nilsson. Nilsson was promptly signed to a one-year, $1.0 million contract, and what had been a relatively clear situation in net suddenly became complicated.
July 06 2015 09:49PM
It was only a four-on-four no-hit scrimmage, but Connor McDavid impressed the diehard fans who showed up at Rexall Place. McDavid scored five goals (McCarron goal was changed to McDavid) and added an assist in team white's 8-6 win. His skating ability, explosiveness and vision had the 7,000 (estimate) fans giddy with excitement.
"He is special," said teammate Greg Chase. "He is fun to watch. He is smart, fast and he makes plays with the puck that you don't think people can make. But the biggest thing about Connor is how he is off the ice. He is a terrific guy. He is extremely humble. You don't see that a lot nowadays. That is something I noticed and something I can take away from him," said Chase.
July 06 2015 02:45PM
It seems Ben Scrivens is the new whipping boy amongst the crowd who needs to find someone to blame for the woes of the Oilers. This is not a new phenomenon. Over the past years and decades one or two individuals become the focal point of the anger and feel the brunt of the criticism.
In the eyes of some Scrivens is the player who can't be relied on and needs a one-way ticket out of town, but I think that anger might, once again, be a tad misguided.