May 14 2013 08:59PM
This past NHL season, there were 60 defensemen who averaged more TOI per game than the top Oilers blueliner (Jeff Petry). The club has no top pairing, but rather five men who alternate between 18:30 and 21:54 a night. There is no "go to" guy--no top flight, complete defender--and that's a major job for Craig MacTavish.
May 12 2013 02:41PM
The graduation of Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and Teemu Hartikainen from "prospect" status means the Edmonton Oilers top 20 list undergoes an enormous change heading into the draft. Who's #1?
May 11 2013 05:53PM
One of the things Oiler fans should look for this summer is massive overhaul and improvement on the blue. One of the key indicators may be where Oscar Klefbom ends up this fall. If he's in Edmonton as a top 6D, it'll be very hard to argue the rebuild is over and the turn north secure. Should he start in OKC? Best for player, best for team.
May 10 2013 07:31PM
Teemu Hartikainen is "in the window" where he needs to step up from "quality AHL player" to "NHL regular. It's a massive step, and one I'm sure Edmonton would love to see the big Finn make this fall. The question I have is this: will Harski provide enough offense?
May 10 2013 06:41AM
Raymond Murray was a quality role player for the Edmonton Oilers in the late 1990's and early 2000's, and reprised his role as a depth center during the Stanley run in 2006. He remains one of the best college free agent signings in club history. He will forever be remembered by Oiler fans as "Rem the Gem."