June 20 2012 06:03PM
It's an exciting time for fans of the Edmonton Oilers. Another thrilling draft ('we're number one') means the club will add an outstanding young player to their already bursting roster of exceptional under 23's. On the other hand, the list of "things to do" at the NHL level before September is once again enormous.
June 19 2012 08:15PM
Since they left the ice after G7 SCF '06 the Edmonton Oilers have traded, bought out and walked away from many, many actual NHL players. The idea--certainly since 2010 spring--was to go "scorched earth" and to have a quality cluster who could grow together. With that in mind, it would be quite surprising if the Oilers dealt Sam Gagner for a draft pick.
June 17 2012 09:11AM
Playing defense is a tough damn job, with risk of injury, exposure and public humiliation on every sortie. The development of a successful defenseman should be timed by sundial, and there's an enormous risk in dealing away a defenseman during his development time. Trade him too soon and he haunts you for a decade.
June 16 2012 06:21AM
This is Alexei Mikhnov. A dozen years ago the internet was alive with tales of "Traktor Boy" playing in near darkness and Oilers scout Kenta Nilsson nudging his SAAB alongside the outdoor rink to get a better view of the power and the glory. Edmonton's draft history is rich and bountiful in some places and barren in others. It's been an amazing ride.
June 14 2012 05:05PM
We've been staring at the Oilers defense for what seems like decades. Six men who do the tough work every game, keeping themselves between the puck and their goalie. It's a tough job in any sport, but hockey decided to make these poor men do it on skates and at lightning speed. How many "actual NHL players" do the Oilers have on D? How many more do they need in order to be average?