August 13 2013 11:20AM
On the day of his 30th birthday, Ales Hemsky remains a divisive figure in Oilers history--some of us consider him the de facto 'player of the decade" for the 2000's team while others consider him soft and an underperformer. Here's one fan's view of the situation.
August 12 2013 10:24AM
Each year, I look for the best minor league players (by position) with an eye toward future NHLers who are possibly under the radar. The lockout made 'under the radar' impossible, but there are true gems on this list and all six players this season could end up being legit NHL players.
August 11 2013 02:59PM
For most of the summer, Oiler fans have been watching Craig MacTavish "build up the middle." A club with so much talent on the wing, and in clear need of an upgrade at G, D and C, would seem to have an obvious 'To Do' list--and for the most part new GM Craig MacTavish has followed the script.
However, the center position remains about the same; with Boyd Gordon replacing Shawn Horcoff, the Edmonton Oilers remain a team without true NHL quality and depth at the position. If the Nuge can't play right away, the club will have to move Taylor Hall over from the wing, weakening an impressive left flank.
We've talked and talked about free agent solutions, but that arena of summer appears to be closed for the Oilers. How then will Craig MacTavish improve center ice? Perhaps we can learn something from his recent past.
August 10 2013 11:38AM
There are so many interesting players still available this summer--NHL free agents, 20 year old graduating juniors without contracts--the mind actually boggles. Will the Oilers be active in these areas? MacT's aggressive summer of 2013 should continue through these weeks in August, and the final TC invite list may offer some surprises.
August 09 2013 08:31PM
The Edmonton Oilers drafted Travis Ewanyk in the third round of the 2011 Entry Draft. Math suggests he's a marginal prospect, but the Oilers signed him and have not wavered in their conviction about his potential. Will Travis Ewanyk become an NHL regular?