May 09 2014 09:55AM
I continued our series of interviews with the top 2014 draft prospects and spoke with Prince Albert Raiders centre Leon Draisaitl. I like Draisait's combination of size and skill. I really enjoyed speaking with him, because he had a very honest and mature viewpoint of where his game is, and where he hopes it can go.
He told me he is currently 6'2" and 208 pounds. He expects to be close to 215 by training camp. He was just named to Germany's roster for the 2014 World Championships giving him another opportunity to impress the scouts before the June 27th draft.
May 07 2014 12:03PM
The Oilers don't need more of what they have, they need more of what they don't have.
Tom Gilbert is a good NHL player, but the Oilers already have two players similar in style; Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz. Schultz isn't as experienced or polished defensively as Gilbert, but he's much better offensively, while Petry and Gilbert are very similar.
You won't win with three right shot D-men who are virtually the same player, especially when none of them are heavy, physical or excellent defenders. Please stop believing it would be smart to employ all three of them next season.
May 05 2014 02:53PM
We awoke to a dense fog hovering over Edmonton this morning, which is fitting for Oilers' fans this time of the year. It sucks not being in an NHL playoff city. Watching the excitement on TV is fine, but it pales in comparison to feeling the energy and enthusiasm first hand.
At least the Oil Kings are still alive, and I'd recommend getting down to Rexall tomorrow or Wednesday to watch the WHL final. It is great hockey. Despite on NHL playoffs, there are still numerous story lines that impact Oilers fans.
April 30 2014 09:58AM
If you missed part one of our conversation you can read it here.
In part two we discuss Don Cherry, practicing with skilled players, Ryan Smyth and more.
April 28 2014 08:34PM
Luke Gazdic was drafted 172nd overall by the Dallas Stars in 2007. He scored 20 goals his final year in junior, and the next season he had 21 fights as an AHL rookie. Gazdic slugged it out in the minors for four seasons with the Texas stars, playing 269 games (regular season and playoffs) scoring 27 goals, 55 points and he picked up 62 scraps.
He was claimed on waivers by the Oilers on September 29th, and then fulfilled his childhood dream of playing in his first NHL game two days later. I had a lengthy conversation with Gazdic about his rookie season, Zack Kassian, shoulder surgery and how he will try to improve as a player.