April 22 2016 08:19PM
The Edmonton Oilers have so many left-handed defensemen in the pipeline, if they draft another one the fans might revolt. Timing being everything, there are precious few RHD this draft season. One of them is a mobile defender who is showing well in the NCAA. Meet Charlie McAvoy.
April 20 2016 03:40PM
Peter Chiarelli was hired by the Boston Bruins as GM on May 26, 2006. He did not get to work officially for a month or so, and the archives tell us the Bruins 2006 draft (a monster, delivering Phil Kessel, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic) was the work of the scouts and previous admin.
An article today by Matt Dolloff from CBS Boston is getting some play, some quotes from the Bruins brass laying blame at the feet of Peter Chiarelli (and the author of the piece points out a few facts, including Boston's cap and other issues on the day PC left). Article is here.
If we can agree that Peter Chiarelli's time as director of the NHL draft for Boston began after the 2006 draft, we can begin to cobble together his track record. How good is Peter Chiarelli at the draft table?
April 19 2016 09:00AM
The Bakersfield Condors sent most of their defense north at one point or another during the 2015-16 season, but the minor league numbers that were posted do tell a story. Unlike the forwards, boxcar numbers do not tell the whole story and we are badly limited by what is available. Fortunately for us, there are some smart people looking at the minor league game and estimating time-on-ice. Using those numbers, there are some surprises to be found in the usage of the blue in Bakersfield this year.
April 17 2016 12:16PM
The AHL season is done, meaning the pro side of Edmonton Oilers hockey ops goes dark for another season. A year without playoffs on any level cannot be viewed as a success, but the kids on the farm did make some progress. Using NHL equivalencies (Christian Roatis was my sliderule) it is fascinating to view the current crop of prospects.
April 16 2016 10:14AM
We have reached the point in spring where the regular season performance is settling in our brains, where trade talk has been exhausted once (and will be again). Two weeks from the draft lottery, we don't know a lot for sure. We have opinions, and here are mine.