October 23 2014 10:49PM
Oilers fans were thrilled when Leon Draisaitl was selected in the first round (No. 3 overall) at the 2014 Entry Draft. A team that had been adding high picks since 2010 finally had their big man in the middle, and the German Draisaitl boasted impressive pedigree. Four months later, I don't think anyone questions his ability, but his NHL-readiness is an issue.
October 22 2014 04:00PM
In May of 2009, the Edmonton Oilers and Steve Tambellini had to decide between centermen Kyle Brodziak and Marc Pouliot. Why? Well, the plan was to have a tough guy on every line, be it J-F Jacques or Ryan Stone or Zack Stortini, and these centermen weren't gritty enough to be successful in the 2009 NHL. A choice would have to be made.
October 21 2014 09:06AM
There was a time when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—despite his enormous skill—would look awkward or unable. He certainly could not push the river ala Taylor Hall, and many nights looked overwhelmed. Our 'baby Nuge' is all grown up folks, and he's real and spectacular.
October 19 2014 08:10PM
Martin Marincin's return to the Edmonton Oilers gave head coach Dallas Eakins more options, and allowed him to deploy the troops in a more effective way. How did he use him in Game one? Will that be Marincin's job for the rest of the year?
October 18 2014 08:50PM
The Edmonton Oilers are struggling with injuries and ineffective play among their centers at the NHL level. Their prospects on the farm include Anton Lander and several rookie pro's or second-year AHLers like Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira and Travis Ewanyk. Their most effective AHL center is Jason Williams (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved). If we can agree the Oilers need a bridge to the youngsters who can play NHL hockey until they're ready, what would it look like?