June 11 2012 10:07AM
Ryan Murray has already played three full seasons in the WHL, and in eleven days he'll be one of the first five players selected in the 2012 NHL entry draft. He played for Canada at the World Championships this past spring, and he didn't look out of place amongst the NHLers that filled out the rest of Canada's roster.
Will the Oilers take Murray first overall?
We don't know, but we know they really like him and I had a chance to go one-on-one with the young man from White City, Saskatchewan.
June 07 2012 09:16AM
We've known for months that Steve Tambellini had a contract extension, so yesterday's announcement wasn't a surprise. The fact the presser was at a Casino was fitting because in many people's eyes, extending Tambellini was a huge gamble by the Oilers.
It seemed most fans and media wanted to know how long the extension was, my sources tell me it is a three-year deal, but I don't think the term matters that much.
If the Oilers don't improve this year, Tambellini won't be at the draft podium in June of 2013.
June 04 2012 02:51PM
Nail Yakupov arrived in town last night and since leaving EIA he's had a hectic schedule meeting with Oilers management, touring the dressing room, getting checked over by doctors and meeting Daryl Katz.
Yakupov is a legit 5'11". I stood beside him in this media scrum, and he's one of the few players under six feet who is actually as tall as he's listed in media guides. He is much thicker than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was last year, but both of them possessed the same willingness to be the first overall pick.
Both are serious and respectful about going first overall, but Yakupov did reveal he has a sense of humour.
June 01 2012 10:52AM
Home field, home ice or home floor usually indicates some sort of advantage. It clearly isn't that important to the Los Angeles Kings this postseason, but there is usually some extra comfort in our home surroundings.
In the next few weeks the Oilers will introduce a few of this year's top prospects to the city of Edmonton, but mostly they will try and find out as much as they can about these kids. Nail Yakupov will be coming to Edmonton this Sunday for an interview, and some others will be in town soon after.
The Oilers did this in 2010 with Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. It makes sense. Doing interview after interview at the combine can be tiring and stressful for these kids, and in many cases the interviews are rigid. Having Yakupov and a few others come to town allows the Oilers to get to know these kids a bit better, as well as introduce them to the city.
May 30 2012 09:10AM
Paging all the arm-chair GMs, let me know what you think needs to happen for the Oilers to actually get back to the playoffs.