December 07 2013 09:04AM
Taylor Hall has not played at his usual levels this season, but has been turning it on in the last 10 games (5-7-12, +1 in that time). For the first time since summer, there are rumblings about his chances to make the Canadian Olympic team. He makes my team all day, for the single reason that he's a human chance machine, but does he have a realistic chance?
December 06 2013 06:58PM
Last night Martin Marincin played in his first NHL game, making it three for the show from the 2010 Entry Draft for the Edmonton Oilers. Taylor Hall made it in the fall of 2010, Tyler Pitlick a few short weeks ago and Marincin last night. How often do the Oilers have three players from one draft play in an NHL game? How often do they draft three players who end up playing 200 or more games? 500? More after the jump.
December 02 2013 07:19PM
News today that Darnell Nurse is not part of the Canadian World Junior roster for Christmastime. It's a surprise, but Oiler fans shouldn't be upset about it. I'll tell you why after the jump.
December 01 2013 08:24AM
The Edmonton Oilers have been tightening their defensive play under coach Dallas Eakins and it does appear to be working. In the club's last 10 games, the goals-against average for DD and Bryz is 2.52 compared to 3.24 for the entire season. The goaltending has improved, but what about the defense? Is it getting better? How can we tell?
November 30 2013 12:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers selected Darnell Nurse this summer in the entry draft, and then sent him out to junior after a strong showing in training camp. Nurse looks like the real deal—defense first, rugged player, a mean streak and he can move the puck—but it's going to take some time before he gets to the NHL and then even longer to be helping the team win games. With the Taylor Hall/Jordan Eberle payday contracts kicking in this season, what is the window for this group? How long do they have to wait for that complete defenseman? Is it worth waiting?