April 10 2012 08:46AM
In October of 2010 the Oilers named Shawn Horcoff the 13th captain in Oilers history. Under his leadership the Oilers have finished 30th and 29th, and many fans want to blame the captain. Wearing the "C" is an honour, but it also heaps a lot of responsibility on the guy wearing it.
Blaming Horcoff for the Oilers woes is off-base. Does anyone honestly believe that if Jordan Eberle was wearing the "C" he would have scored 90 points instead of 76, or if Taylor Hall had it, he would have stayed healthy all year?
The Oilers are getting closer to changing their captain, maybe as early as the 2013/2014 season, but next year isn't the right time, but I think it is the right time to annoint one of the young players as a leader.
April 08 2012 11:41PM
Tomorrow the Oiler player will each have a final meeting with the coaching staff, pack their bags and then head their separate ways after another disappointing season. For some it will be their final time inside the Oiler dressing room as an Oiler, but who won't be returning?
April 07 2012 02:49PM
The Oilers wrap up another rebuilding season tonight in Vancouver, and by the end of the first period the Canucks will know if the outcome means anything. A St. Louis win over Dallas means the Canucks need at least a point to secure 1st in the west. If the Habs pick up a point v. Toronto, then the race for 29th becomes moot.
I don't think Oiler fans need or deserve the aggravation of having to hope for a loss, considering you've watched more losses than any other fan base in the NHL since 2006, so I'm sure you're hoping for a Habs win so you can cheer for an Oiler victory.
April 05 2012 11:26AM
For the 3rd straight season the Oilers were out of the playoff race before March, realistically it was late January, and many have wondered if their "bottom feeder" status is why suddenly the refs aren't giving them any calls. In their 17 games since March 1st, the Oilers have faced 58 penalty kills but only 38 powerplays. In their first 63 games they had 221 PPs and 230 PKs.
In the last month they've had calls go against them, but why?
April 03 2012 01:31PM
Who is Justin Schultz?
By now I'm sure many of you have heard of Schultz, but don't know much about him. He was drafted 43rd overall by the Ducks in 2008, and then he played one more year in the BCJHL before heading to Wisconsin to play for the Badgers. For the past three seasons he's honed his skills under former NHLer Mike Eaves. In the past two seasons he's played 78 games and tallied 34 goals and 91 points.
Schultz was widely considered the best D-man in the NCAA this year, and he was a first-team All-American last year.
Can he help the Oilers? What are his best attributes?