January 15 2017 11:56AM
The meaning behind the name Jesse, according to those who research these things, is 'gift' and that fits the storyline regarding Jesse Puljujarvi's arrival as an Edmonton Oilers draft pick. We loved JP the moment he fell to No. 4 overall, and have become even more enamored with him through various impressive feats: Scoring his first goal in his first game, destroying a pizza in view of media cameras, and playing a stunningly mature game for a person of his age. JP is in the AHL right now, and Oilers fans are curious about his experience, what fair expectations might be, and perhaps most importantly, when will we see him again?
January 14 2017 12:00PM
It has been years since we've been here. Saturdays in Edmonton, over these 10 years, have come and gone without the feeling we have today. Combine anxiety, anticipation, 10 years of rage, demon liquor, unsatisfied sexual urges, blind anger from the workplace, and the blasted carbon tax, and you begin to approach the potential explosion just hours away in our fair city. Tonight, a 20-year old hockey player, touched by God, hits the ice with his fellow soldiers in a battle of Alberta that matters. Hello, friend. It is so very good to see you again.
January 13 2017 08:38PM
Jujhar Khaira is back in the NHL, and Jesse Puljujarvi is in Bakersfield looking to play a lot, gain confidence, and get back to the show as soon as possible. What should we be looking for from the Finnish winger during his California trip? Here is a shift by shift play by play of tonight's game by JP. (Photo by Mark Williams, all rights reserved).
January 08 2017 11:09PM
This photo was taken by Mark Williams, just seconds after Griffin Reinhart scored to end what might be the wildest outdoor game in hockey history. Williams' photo frames the game perfectly—complete frustration for Ontario, and the somewhat delayed reaction from a Bakersfield team that had to come rushing back to gain a point in regulation. This moment led an eventful week for Oilers prospects, and here we go.
January 08 2017 12:00PM
In a way, the Oilers current position in the standings complicates the life of Peter Chiarelli. I think the smart play here is for the Edmonton general manager to keep his powder dry—get through this season without dealing off assets for short-term help. What does that mean for the deadline? Well, they used to call it thinking outside the box, but the Oilers were creative at the deadline one year ago and we could see it again this time. What would it look like?