January 01 2011 03:18PM
I hope this first day of 2011 finds you without a hangover, which i'm sure is not the case for Wanye and many of you, and you are filled with thoughts of a prosperous new year. The Oilers will most likely have a rough start to 2011, but another top-three draft pick combined with a complete NHL season for Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi should allow the Oilers to have a strong finish to 2011.
Until then though the growing pains will be plentiful, and tonight the Oilers will ring in the New Year v. the Flames.
December 30 2010 12:23PM
Life without Ryan Whitney begins tonight for the Oilers, and it doesn't seem likely that they will have the horses to stay competitive. Whitney has been Mr. Everything for the Oilers this year. He leads them in points, assists, plus/minus and icetime. He is +13 on a team where the other D-men are all minus, except Jim Vandermeer (+3), and are a combined -32. Whitney was having a career year, and the Oilers backend looks overmatched without him.
December 29 2010 01:26PM
Back on December 3rd I wrote that the the Oilers were ready to put ELPH in the rearview mirror, and would not finish in the bottom five. Shows how much I know, although I did state the only way they would stay in the hunt for a lottery pick would be if the injury bug hit. The injury bug bit Ales Hemsky for 13 games, Shawn Horcoff has been out since December 7th and now Ryan Whitney will be out at least a few weeks.
Most teams would struggle losing arguably their three best players, but when you are a young team the impact hits even harder.
December 28 2010 02:46PM
Jeff Petry was the Oilers first draft choice in 2006, 45th overall. After being drafted he spent one more season in Des Moines in the USHL, then three years of NCAA at Michigan State University, 32 games in Oklahoma in the AHL and tonight he will make his NHL debut. Petry looked decent at the rookie camp in Penticton in September, and showed even better at main camp and in the preseason, and this evening he will become the 5th Oiler to make his NHL debut this season.
December 23 2010 01:54PM
If you aren't a diehard Seinfeld fan you might not be aware that today is festivus. What's that you say? Read on friends.