May 05 2015 01:20PM
The Oklahoma City Barons have signed Darnell Nurse to an Amateur Tryout as they prep for the 2nd Round of the AHL Playoffs. Nurse finished his CHL career just a few days ago at the hands of Junior Hockey’s most dynamic player, but he closes the book on his OHL career while considered by many to be the best Defenseman in the league. The ATO will prevent him from burning a year on his ELC.
May 05 2015 11:30AM
Trademark or not, the provincial rivalry known as the Battle of Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames has been reduced to a We Suck Less Than You Do skirmish of weaklings and have-nots for too long. Might that change next season? I think it will.
May 05 2015 09:45AM
Any timeline based on the recent history of third overall picks in the NHL would expect Leon Draisaitl to be ready for a major-league roster spot next season. It is by far the most common outcome.
That doesn’t mean it’s a given. Draisaitl was promoted last year in a “necessity is the mother of invention” move that didn’t work out, and other third overall picks (most recently Kyle Turris) have needed more than two years of development time before they were truly NHL-ready.
May 04 2015 01:52PM
During the past two weeks I've noticed a renewed level of excitement in Oilersnation, and rightfully so, due to the lottery win and the arrival of Peter Chiarelli.
Very few fans expected the Oilers to win the lottery and none felt Bob Nicholson would bring in a new POHO and GM, and relieve Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish of their titles. It was unexpected, and the new changes has brought a new level of expectation as well.
The Oilers should improve in 2015/2016, but realistically how much can they improve?
May 04 2015 08:18AM
Is it time for the draft yet? How about now? No? Well we'll just have to learn to be patient or invent some kind of time machine that allows us to skip forward 52 days until the draft. I'll get my crayons and some construction paper. While you're waiting for my McDavid machine is finished, I present another edition of the Mailbag. As always, I need your questions to make this work so email me your question to email@example.com. May the 4th be with you!