September 23 2016 01:10PM
Many Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice at Rogers Place for the first time this morning, and every fan is hoping a new arena and some new players will end the Decade of Darkness. They will have three days of practice mixed in with some brief scrimmage time before beginning the preseason on Monday versus Calgary.
The Oilers top three centres weren't on the ice today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid are travelling back from the World Cup of Hockey and will join the team on Tuesday while Leon Draisaitl is preparing to play Sweden on Sunday in the semifinals.
Without those three on the ice, we will have to wait a day or two to see which line combinations Todd McLellan will experiment with early on. McLellan was on the ice this morning and GM Peter Chiarelli was in the stands. Which is a good sign, because the Oilers don't have the luxury of taking any days off..
September 23 2016 07:33AM
The Oilers step on the ice at 10 a.m this morning and their 37th NHL season will begin. You might say the season doesn't begin until October 12th, but veteran Milan Lucic believes if things are finally going to change in Edmonton then their season actually began yesterday at medicals.
September 21 2016 10:07AM
In part three of this series we will look at Mark Fayne.
Fayne is 29 years old and has played 385 NHL games, second most on the Oilers blueline behind Andrej Sekera. He has NHL experience, and the Oilers need him to be steady this season.
The most pressing question surrounding Fayne is: Can he be a steady, reliable D-man in Edmonton?
September 20 2016 12:20PM
What a glorious day.
Canada can knock the USA out of the tournament with a victory tonight. A win would give the Red and White a 2-0 record and guarantee them a berth in the playoff round, along with Team Europe, while the USA would play the Czech Republic in a meaningless game on Thursday.
How fun would it be to end the American's tournament after only two games? I'd say about a trillion times more fun than it was to be a fan of any Canadian NHL team last year. You've earned it.
September 19 2016 11:00AM
Today is part two of my seven-part series on the Oilers' defence, and I will focus on Brandon Davidson. We looked at Oscar Klefbom in part one.
Davidson was very good last year -- the only downside was he missed 24 games due to injury. He exceeded everyone's expectations, even the coaches, considering he was a healthy scratch in seven of their first eight games.