January 14 2015 03:42PM
In some ways, we've been following Jeff Petry as a young player for a decade but in terms of actually seeing him play games his arrival in the NHL in 2010 marks the beginning of his 'up close and personal' time as an Oilers player. There's still time for Petry to sign with the club but as January fades into February if we don't hear contract discussions I think it's fair to suggest we're seeing his final Oilers games.
Petry is an actual NHL defenseman and at this point is a cap bargain (that may change this summer). When discussing potential destinations for value players, it's always best to include Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings in the conversation.
January 12 2015 02:37PM
In our continuing look at the draft eligible prospect for 2015, Mitchell Marner is making things happen in a big way for the London Knights. As an Oilers fan you may see '5.11, 164 Right Winger' and balk but there's a compelling story here. If anyone can dislodge big defender Noah Hanifin from the No. 3 overall slot it might be the whiz kid from Thornhill, Ontario.
January 11 2015 10:34AM
Derek Roy has 5 points in 6 games so far as an Oiler pic.twitter.com/N2TJ47mlpT— HG. (@HG_Personal) January 11, 2015
As a fan, I'm always impatient for prospects and young players to get their NHL chance. Come on, give the guy a chance! Call him up! NHL coaching staffs are pretty much the exact opposite, in that they play the weathered veterans shift after shift.
Why? We're getting an excellent lesson in "WHY?" from Derek Roy these days.
January 10 2015 10:59AM
Josh Winquist (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) is one of several minor leaguers, juniors, college players and European players who performed well this week.
January 07 2015 07:25PM
Tonight in Kelowna, Leon Draisaitl resumes his junior career on a loaded team looking to go deep into the WHL playoffs and perhaps gain entry into the Memorial Cup championships. The last couple of days have been fascinating to watch, as various hockey people from the NHL and WHL have chimed in on the young man's future.