November 22 2015 07:19PM
It was a busy week in the AHL, ECHL and across the Oilers prospect universe. We're seeing some players emerge after slow starts (Keven Bouchard, Ziyat Paigin) and others build on strong early showings (Laurent Brossoit, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones). Here's a quick look at the week.
November 22 2015 11:16AM
The internet is wild and crazy with trade rumors since the Hamonic distortion was leaked earlier this week. For Oilers fans, it means rumors about significant pieces like Jordan Eberle (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) are being thrown around. One way for us to follow along at home is by asking pertinent questions, like: Do the Islanders need Eberle? Those answers shine a light on whether or not these ideas are reasonable.
November 21 2015 07:49PM
Developing defensemen at the NHL level is exhausting. Even when they arrive one at a time, the viewer can look forward to glaring errors, encouraging words on the bench from the coach (the coach knows, at some level, he's training this player for the next coach) and painful defensive sorties. Is it worth it? Sure. In fact, in a developing season like this one, Edmonton needs to use some their ice time on kids—that way the group will be more experienced next fall. Comes the question: How many rookies should they play every night? Arrives the answer: NOT THREE!
November 21 2015 10:05AM
The Edmonton Oilers did not pass go, did not collect $200 and did not avoid a goalie controversy altogether. An afterthought trade for a distant bell in the BCJHL fetched the orange and blue their current starter. Is there a lesson here? Yes! Don't get attached to the goalie. Ever
November 16 2015 07:50AM
In Canada, the goalie has special status. I have a few friends who play goal in men's leagues, and they haven't paid for one damn thing hockey related in forever. Now, the phone rings day and night, their significant others have a love-hate relationship with the game, but you'd have to dig deep to find anyone who wasn't working hard to stay on their good side. Without a goalie, you're screwed. Every October in recent memory, the Oilers have been screwed.