October 18 2014 08:00AM
The AHL Barons played their second game of the season last night and the rest of the Oilers' prospect group continue playing their league seasons. A few strong arrows this week and a goodly number of struggling players, too. More after the break.
October 17 2014 06:00AM
This week was a big one for the 1990 Edmonton Oilers' draft. Why? With the NHL debuts of Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and Bogdan Yakimov, every Oilers draft has at least one player who has made the show—save 1990. More draft trivia after the break.
October 15 2014 03:50PM
The wonderful baseball writer Bill James told the best procurement, development and deployment story I've ever heard in one of his Baseball Abstracts. It's a great story and teaching tool for fans of any sport, and a valuable lesson for sports franchises. Procurement of talent is one thing, but getting productive years before saying goodbye is vital to an organization. How are the Oilers doing in this regard?
October 13 2014 10:56AM
Two games into the NHL season, Nail Yakupov looks better in every discipline. He's faster, more aggressive, drives to the net, passes with aplomb, is defensively aware to the point of shocking, and despite manic movement has slowed down enough to allow gaps and lanes to form. I've always preached patience with this player, and maturation is certainly part of the improvement.
October 12 2014 05:20PM
Last season the Edmonton Oilers recalled a lot of players from Oklahoma City and there's every chance it'll happen again. Do the Oilers have legit prospects on the farm? Yes. Are they ready? In one case yes, but there's a good chance the next regular forward you see in Edmonton via the Barons will be a tall center.