July 30 2015 07:00AM
Ben Scrivens struggled for much of last season. He set a career high in games played, 57, but he set career lows with an .890sv% and 3.16 GAA. His most consistent stretch occurred very early in the season when he posted a .900+sv% in five straight games between October 17th and 27th.
He struggled with consistency after those five games, and he only had two stretches of three games with a .900+sv% the rest of the season. His struggles led the Oilers to acquiring Cam Talbot at the draft and signing free agent Anders Nilsson, and now Scrivens enters training camp needing to re-establish himself.
July 23 2015 03:19PM
Las Vegas and Quebec City sent expansion applications to the NHL earlier this week, and now the NHL will decide when the league will expand. It isn't a question of if, but when and how many teams.
Expansion will be great for the owners. They will split the expansion fee, reportedly $500 million per team, and not have to share the money with the players. Expansion will create 45-50 more pro contracts per organization, and create 23 more NHL jobs (per team) for players, meaning the players will see some benefit.
The owners and players will like it, but from my seat it will lower the entertainment value of the NHL.
July 22 2015 07:30AM
Justin Schultz has inherited the new "whipping boy" handle. When Schultz choose Edmonton over 29 other NHL teams fans were excited about his potential. He dominated the AHL in the fall of 2012, scoring 48 points in 34 games, before the lockout ended and he scored 27 points in 48 games for the Oilers.
Expectations were high for Schultz, some of it warranted, but much of it unrealistic, especially after Craig MacTavish's ill-fated "Norris trophy potential" comment.
Schultz struggled mightily last season, and as he enters his fourth pro season many have already written him off.
July 17 2015 02:00PM
**This isn't about hockey. It isn't about lacrosse. It is about a bad decision by the city.**
The Edmonton Rush won the Champions Cup on June 5th, and I knew then it would be the final time the Rush played at Rexall Place. The writing was on the wall well before Chris Corbeil hoisted the Cup.
When city council negotiated the existing deal with the Oilers Entertainment Group for a new downtown arena, it was the unofficial end of the Rush in Edmonton.
July 16 2015 05:58PM
We were discussing Brandon Davidson's signing on my show earlier today, and I ranked him #10 on the Oilers depth chart. One of our listeners, David, texted in and asked me to rank the Oilers top-nine.
It was a good question, and one I'm sure will cause much debate.