September 11 2014 11:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers are sending a much stronger group to the BC interior this year, and should get better results because of it. Keeping score in a rookie tournament has no value at all, but there are players in Penticton today who could make the NHL team this fall if things break right. Here's a look at Edmonton's marquee players and what they'll need to show this weekend and for the rest of September.
September 07 2014 06:29PM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an impressive power-play performer and a developing two-way talent, but to listen to some people he's not much at all. If it's possible to consider a former No. 1 overall selection underrated, the Nuge is it. He's the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey—and when he arrives as a complete talent there's going to be a lot of crow served on a big damn platter.
September 06 2014 03:38PM
Anton Slepyshev is a skill-winger of note playing in the KHL. Edmonton drafted him in 2013 as an overager, and have been biding their time until the Russian's contract expires. It's likely they'll sign him (if he's willing), so we're left to watch and wonder what he'll bring if he plays in North America.
September 05 2014 08:38PM
In the last five years, Edmonton's recalls from the farm have been average or smaller. Anton Lander (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved), Mark Arcobello and others are finding their way but do not fit the 'big body' description many feel the Oilers need badly. There are bigger man on the way, but are they actual hockey players?
September 04 2014 03:59PM
Since 2010, the Edmonton Oilers have been sending prospects to Oklahoma
territory in order to grind their skills into useful assets. "Iron out
the mistakes" I once heard it called, by a Triple A baseball manager,
and that seems about right. I believe we're about to see at least two
very good rookie seasons from the current group of youngsters graduating
to the AHL.