July 24 2016 10:29AM
NHL equivalencies are a great way to put a bunch of players outside the NHL into a single category for the purposes of estimating offense. It is not perfect, but does act as a reasonable guideline for fans to project prospects into the immediate future. This year's NHLEs have one major issue, but once again give us a solid look at Edmonton's top forward prospects.
July 23 2016 06:46PM
In the middle of the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft—with most of the top end CHL kids already chosen—Edmonton looked to the OJHL for defender Matthew Cairns. One month later, there are still questions about this player, and what he brings. Let's have a look.
July 22 2016 09:01PM
Since Charlie Huddy left for the Winnipeg rail yards, the Edmonton Oilers have been mostly unable to identify useful defensemen—in the draft, or at the NHL level. I think the Oilers are very high on Griffin Reinhart (photo by Mark Williams) and Darnell Nurse, but the gap between opening night 2016-17 and their ability to contribute to wins is a worry. A possible solution? Veteran UFAs, and they are an interesting group.
July 19 2016 06:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers qualified defenseman David Musil on June 27, and he will likely sign a contract similar to Jordan Oesterle ($585,000, one year). Musil's entry-level deal—the one that just expired—held a cap hit of $894,166. Why would Musil take a cut in pay (should he play with Edmonton)? Comes the answer: To get to the NHL, and possibly stay there. Such is the developing salary gap between the haves and have-nots in today's NHL.
July 17 2016 10:25AM
Among the players procured this spring and summer by the Edmonton Oilers, Drake Caggiula is unique. He played college hockey a year ago, is a winger who has played center, he is a substantial offensive player who also killed penalties at UND. Now that the big moves of free agency and the trades have subsided, we have time to look at a wild card option for Edmonton in 2016-17.