September 13 2013 07:42PM
AHL teams have been grinding talented kids into a fine white powder and churning out checkers and role players to the NHL for 77 years. The pipeline to Edmonton from Oklahoma City has delivered Jeff Petry and little else so far; do the Oilers have anyone knocking on the door this fall? Are the Barons ahead of the Oilers own past in graduating AHLers to the best league on earth?
September 12 2013 06:12PM
There are few things in life--kissing a beautiful girl, a really good scotch, hearing "I love you" from your child--that can match the simple pleasure of hearing skates cut through ice and the beginning of another hockey season. One thing I know--the love for the game has held constant and grown in my lifetime, and shows no signs of wavering.
September 10 2013 05:47PM
To hear some people talk, Taylor Hall's move from wing to center is a radical thing, something that should be avoided at all costs, mistrusted. Folks, this isn't handing lead guitar to Bill Wyman, Taylor Hall can play. There's every chance he'll do well in the middle. The more interesting question is this: should he stay at center if it works?
September 08 2013 08:48AM
When the Edmonton Oilers selected Greg Chase late in the 2013 entry draft, observers agreed that it was a great selection for that point in the draft, a hidden gem near the end. However, that and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee these days--the proof is on the ice and in every shift. We're so early it's barely sunrise, but there's an interesting story emerging and the arrows are heading in a nice direction.
September 07 2013 10:49AM
As we ready ourselves for training camp 2013, it seems to me there a more jobs in play at this year's training camp. Craig MacTavish added so many defensemen this summer there's a major question about the 6-7-8 slots, and there are a lot of wingers hanging around, too. Add those things to the major need (center) and we're probably looking at a more fluid TC than we've seen in recent seasons. There's competition this year!