October 30 2015 11:32AM
Connor McDavid's arrival to the NHL had been talked about for years, but despite all the hype, anticipation and excitement his play through the first 11 games has managed to exceed most people's expectations.
He is that good, and he's only going to get better.
It's remarkable when you sit back and analyze how difficult it is to play in today's NHL, never mind produce points, yet McDavid has made the transition from junior to the pros look as effortless as his skating stride.
October 29 2015 01:57PM
The Oilers roster is a work in progress and we will see some more changes tonight versus the first place Montreal Canadiens.
Leon Draisaitl was recalled and he will play the right wing beside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.
October 28 2015 12:00PM
The Oilers are off to a rough 3-7 start, but when I looked at the schedule at the beginning of the season I expected a rough ride early on. Their seven losses came against teams who are all currently top-ten in the NHL standings. The Oilers weren't going to go from a cellar-dweller to a middle of the road team instantly. The schedule maker didn't do them any favours out of the starting blocks, but based on how they played in eight of their first ten games (Dallas and Washington excluded), I expect them to have more success in their next ten-game stretch.
October 27 2015 05:48PM
The Oilers are in Minnesota for a short one-game road trip, and they will try to avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season. The Oilers have done well, 3-0, versus other non-playoff teams, but they are 0-6 versus winning teams. The Wild enter tonight with a 5-2-1 record and they have dominated the Oilers since the start of the 2010/2011 season, winning 17 of 22 games.
The good news for Oilers fans, however, is four of the Oilers' five victories occurred in Minny. To stay in the playoff hunt, the Oilers will eventually need to defeat a playoff team.
October 26 2015 05:34PM
The Oilers have recalled Darnell Nurse and put Griffin Reinhart on injured reserve. Justin Schultz did not make the trip to Minnesota, so the Oilers have a spot on the backend, and I believe they need Nurse's speed.