January 08 2015 02:46PM
The Oilers' recent track record of developing players has not been good. Too often they have rushed players to the NHL, or in some cases to the American Hockey League. However, their decision to send Leon Draisaitl back to the Western Hockey League, finally, was correct and hopefully a sign that the organization is going to be more patient with their young players moving forward.
January 07 2015 12:38PM
Matt Fraser is five days younger than Jordan Eberle, but not much else about their hockey career paths is the same. They both played in the WHL. Eberle in Regina, while Fraser played eight games for Red Deer before being traded to Kootenay and playing four full seasons for the Ice.
Eberle was a first round pick, 22nd overall in 2008. Fraser went undrafted. At 20, Eberle was an NHL rookie, while Fraser was playing in final season in the WHL. The Dallas Stars signed the 20 year old to a three year entry level deal in November of 2010, and he debuted in their organization with Texas of the AHL in September of 2011.
January 06 2015 07:25PM
The Oilers did not start the season great. They were 7-19-5 in their first 31 games, which cost Dallas Eakins his job, and they are 2-3-4 with Todd Nelson/Craig MacTavish behind the bench.
They won 22.5% of their games with Dallas Eakins, and so far they have won 22.2% of their games with Nelson, however, they do have points in six of nine games (66%) under MacNelson, while only grabbing points in 12 of 31 games (39%) with Eakins.
The Oilers are playing better, but their winning % has yet to improve, although I expect it to under Nelson's direction.
January 02 2015 01:18PM
Are the Oilers in Rebuild III? Many believe they are after trading David Perron to Pittsburgh for a 1st round pick this summer and journeyman winger Rob Klinkhammer.
I don't think they plan on rebuilding, but on the surface this trade doesn't make much sense. It clearly makes the Oilers worse today and for the next few years. A late first round pick this summer will not help this team for at least three years.
Unless they are planning on making a major move and needed to clear cap space, this trade is another backwards step if the end goal is to make the playoffs.
December 31 2014 05:25PM
The Oilers would love nothing more than to erase 2014 from their memories. It has been a terrible calender year for the Blue and Orange.
They've played 77 games.
They've won 24 of them.
They have totaled 59 of a possible 154 points.
It hasn't been pretty, but they will try to end 2014 on a good note; with back-to-back wins.