August 03 2014 08:12AM
Many moons ago, the Edmonton Oilers passed on drafting Zach Parise. Why? Well, he was a small forward, and the Oilers had several in the system already. They were covered at that spot, no need for overkill. Best player available? NOPE! Marc Pouliot (flying, in photo) and J-F Jacques were the return for the draft pick that New Jersey used on Parise.
How's that working now? Well, let's see if we've learned any lessons.
August 01 2014 10:31PM
A year from now, Tyler Bunz (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) will have completed his entry-level deal. Edmonton will make a decision on Bunz and several other free agents—restricted and unrestricted—as they clean house and get ready to add another group of entry level players. Here's a quick look ahead at what might happen with Edmonton's 'bubbling under' prospects in 2015.
July 30 2014 08:28PM
A year ago, I wrote "I don't think we'll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season" which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I've got it covered this time!
July 29 2014 09:44PM
The two best seasons to evaluate for prospects are 17 (the season they are drafted) and their 20-year old (usually first year pro) season. For Oilers fans, the 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City will offer a chance to see several impressive prospects make their pro debut. How will they perform?
July 28 2014 02:55PM
There are plenty of hopeful candidates (but very little actual hope) among the outsider defensemen on the Oilers 50-man roster. A summer of signing free agents has effectively pushed back the prospects and made surprises unlikely—but not impossible.