April 29 2012 06:53AM
The best way to procure outstanding defensive talent (or any talent) is via the draft. However, being patient with young defensemen can be the hardest part--suffering through the growing pains is almost impossible and has caused many NHL teams to send away future stars of the game.
April 28 2012 01:38PM
Trading draft picks started BEFORE the beginning of the universal draft in 1969. It was, for the most part, a failed experiment.
April 26 2012 07:29PM
There was a time in this fair land when the Edmonton Oilers could find useful defensemen at midnight in a snowstorm. Toronto gave up on Jason Smith at the exact wrong time, Atlanta flushed Steve Staois and he was immediately effective, the club dealt for Jan Hejda and he established himself as an NHL defender. Nowadays, Oilers seem to have lost the midas touch, unable to find those undervalued blue men at midnight or high noon, in a snowstorm or under the bright lights.
April 23 2012 08:11PM
Since winning the lottery and the right to pick 1st overall in the 2012 draft, most fans and pundits have assumed that the club will pick young Russian Nail Yakupov. Makes sense. He's the most talented offensive player in the draft. But does that mean they'll take him? Is there a chance the Oilers trade down and grab a defenseman as the final member of their draft "fab four?"
April 22 2012 07:20PM
Edmonton Oilers badly need good defenseman and help is on the way. Oscar Klefbom is rumored to be close to an NHL entry level deal, ensuring the club's best long term prospect will be an Oiler. The question is when?