Monday Musings: McDavid

Jason Gregor
April 20 2015 04:15PM

What a weekend for Oilersnation. It was a wonderful surprise. The Oilers continued their dominance in the lottery. 

In 2010, they had a 25% of winning the lottery and won.
In 2011, they had a 48.3% or retaining the pick, and they did after #8 New Jersey won, but could only move up to #4.
In 2012, they had a 18.8% chance of winning and they moved up from #2 to #1.
On Saturday they only had an 11.5% chance, but lady luck was once again on their side, and this time they moved up from #3 to #1 and won the opportunity to draft phenom Connor McDavid.

Oilers fans rejoiced. You yelled out loud. You fist pumped. You high-fived everyone and you celebrated like it was 2006 all over again. And you should have. It was awesome.

One lottery can't erase nine years of losing, but it sure can make the future look a bit brighter, and now it is up to management to ensure this once-proud organization can learn how to win again.

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Do you feel lucky?

Jason Gregor
April 17 2015 10:31AM

Do you feel lucky Oilers fans?

For the 5th time in franchise history the Oilers have a chance to win the lottery and receive the first overall pick. The odds are different this season, and ironically the four teams whose odds decreased from previous years, Buffalo, Arizona, Edmonton and Toronto, all have a shot at the first overall pick, but all of them also have two first round selections in what is considered the deepest draft in the NHL since 2003.

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Edmonton vs. Edmonton, why?

Jason Gregor
April 15 2015 07:49PM

The NHL edition of the Battle of Alberta has not been much of a heated rivalry for many years. Either the Oilers were decent and the Flames stunk, or the Oilers were terrible and the Flames were okay, but, sadly quite often both franchises were bottom-feeders.

Right now, it seems the biggest rival the Oilers have during the Battle of Alberta involves The Edmonton Rush.

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Can the Oilers improve?

Jason Gregor
April 13 2015 11:36AM

We have been asking the exact same question for the past four years, and the Oilers have yet to find the answer.

Will they this off-season?

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Jason Gregor
April 09 2015 11:25AM

Laurent Brossoit and Curtis Hamilton will be the 42nd and 43rd players to suit up for the Edmonton Oilers tonight against the San Jose Sharks. Both of them will play their first NHL game just like Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Bogdan Yakimov, Jordan Oesterle, Iiro Pakarinen, Brandon Davidson, Andrew Miller, Tyler Bunz and David Musil did earlier this season.

One of the few positives in another losing season for the Oilers is that many of their young players got a taste of life in the NHL. Most of them won't become regulars down the road, but many fans are hoping Nurse, Draisaitl and Brossoit can be at some point.

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