July 11 2013 12:42PM
Yesterday's trade involving David Perron and Magnus Paajarvi showed me the Oilers are finished "waiting" for prospects to develop. That doesn't mean they won't allows Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin and Darnell Nurse time to mature, but Craig MacTavish won't be afraid to deal one of his young players for a more mature and proven, yet still young, NHL player.
The rebuild stage isn't completely over, but I believe the Oilers are entering a new phase that will be more about shaping the team instead of just stockpiling young talent.
July 09 2013 05:47PM
It is obvious the Oilers need a winger with size, grit and a willingness to go to the tough areas to play in their top-six. They don't have one on the roster, and no one in the system is NHL-ready. If I was Craig MacTavish, I would sign RFA Kyle Clifford to an offer sheet.
July 09 2013 07:49AM
Shawn Horcoff is the most prolific 99th draft pick in NHL history. Don't scoff at that. The other 12 players picked 99th have combined for 457 points in 2082 games (418 games came from goalies, Marco Baron, Ray Emery and James Reimer). Horcoff tallied 447 points since the Oilers drafted him in the 4th round in 1998, and he's played 796 games. He's actually one of the best draft picks in Oiler history. Only ten Oiler draft picks have scored more points than Horcoff: Messier, Coffey, Kurri, Anderson, Arnott, Smyth, Satan, Tikkanen, Rucinsky and Hemsky and only Satan (111th) was drafted later than Horcoff.
July 08 2013 01:21PM
In the summer of 2001 I met Andrew Ference for the first time. I was working with John Short and Ference had agreed to come down to Northlands and be a guest on Short's show. Ference walked up to our table dressed completely in leather. He'd just turned 22 and finished his 2nd season of pro hockey. He started the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL, but he finished the year playing 36 games with the Penguins and another 18 in the playoffs.
Life was good for the hockey player who loved riding his Harley.
July 05 2013 11:25AM
Andrew Ference (@FerKnuckle) tweeted this picture of himself at 10:15 a.m, officially announcing he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Safe to say he grew up an Oilers fan, and easily the best way to announce you've signed with a team.
The Oilers have also signed centre Boyd Gordon and goalie Jason LaBarbera.