December 21 2011 12:38PM
The Oilers drafted Anton Lander 40th overall in 2009, and he spent the next two season playing for Timra in the SEL before making his NHL debut this past October. Lander has played 29 games and during the 10:43 TOI/game he's tallied one goal (shorthanded) and three points, is -2 and is 40.9% in the dot.
Not bad numbers, but if the Oilers are serious about the future they need to make a decision quickly regarding what is best for his development.
December 20 2011 10:45AM
Last Friday Magnus Paajarvi was sent down to OKC in the American Hockey League. After a solid rookie campaign last year in Edmonton, Paajarvi struggled mightily this season with only three assists in 25 games. I've been pushing for the 10th overall pick in 2009 to go down to OKC since early November, likely to the point it sounded like nagging, but I didn't see any negative in sending him down. Those who opposed a trip to the AHL worried that he might become bitter towards the organization, or that it would somehow signal that he was going to be a bust.
After talking with Paajarvi yesterday it is clear no one should worry about his mental state. He sounded excited to be playing more, determined to develop his game and in agreement with the decision to send him down.
December 19 2011 12:41PM
With only six wins in their last 20 games, the Oilers have fallen six points out of the playoffs as they face the surging Detroit Red Wings tonight. The Wings have won 15 of their last 20, and they've outscored their opponents 80-40 in their recent hot streak. The Oilers will need their veterans, Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky to make an appearance tonight if they hope to stay competitive against the cagey Wings.
December 16 2011 11:41AM
Last night's loss was the tipping point for many loyal Oiler fans. After four days off, the Oilers flat out didn't compete in Phoenix.
What has to change so the Oilers don't find themselves in a race for another top-five pick?
December 15 2011 01:31PM
It really is that simple.
The Oilers should be well-rested when they take on the Coyotes in Phoenix tonight. The 'Yotes lost 4-1 last night in Anaheim, while the Oilers haven't played since being shutout in Calgary on Saturday. If the main reason why the Oilers haven't beaten the Flames in three tries this year is because they've faced them in the second half of back-to-back sets, then the Oilers should beat a tired Coyotes team tonight.