September 04 2015 06:24PM
I believe this will be Taylor Hall's finest season in the NHL, for several reasons. The young man was injured a year ago but several factors have me bullish on his immediate and long term future.
September 01 2015 06:36PM
Among the players confirmed for invites to Oilers camp this fall (well, late summer) is Loik Leveille. He's a fascinating player—shoots the puck A LOT—and he was a blast to observe at the recent Oilers orientation camp. Now, let's not get too excited (last year the Oilers gave a lot of playing time to a player who was in the same position as Leveille but didn't sign him) but the idea of 'free prospect for only a contract' does have appeal if he's the right player. So. Is he?
August 30 2015 03:08PM
Start a conversation online or at work these days about the Oilers and the conversation (after the McDavid fist bump) quickly turns to who gets what job. Will Leon play the wing? HOW can they send down Nurse? Peter Chiarelli said Griffin Reinhart would be on the Oilers this fall—book it! For Oilers fans this century, it (for the most part) comes down to contracts.
August 29 2015 05:43PM
The moves this summer by Peter Chiarelli (is he done?) offer us insight into the mindset of management and new coach Todd McLellan. When a new GM and coach arrive, and follow up with massive additions 'up the middle' it shows what caught their eye in regard to the weakness of last year's crew. It's one thing to send a distant bell to the 'Hawks for a possible backup goalie, but are the Oilers seriously considering running an inexperienced goalie combination? Or will he ADD an experienced hand to the four men already heading to camp?
August 28 2015 09:01PM
Not many days now for fans, media and the hockey industry—we are definitely seeing signs of hockey season getting ready to fire the ignition. Young Oilers minor leaguers and new hires will once again see plenty of new faces among the coaching staff—and for some, that could be a very good thing.