May 31 2014 09:19AM
Magnus Paajarvi was taken in the 2009 Entry Draft, in a time before the Edmonton Oilers had decided on a full-on rebuild. As time rolls along, that selection and others have gained the reputation of being poor, or disappointing. Some have started to blame the No. 1 overall picks. A growing number of articles are being written these days about the Edmonton Oilers and their failed rebuild.
May 30 2014 03:03PM
Oiler fans can agree this team needs help, and most of us can agree on specific areas of weakness. The solutions? Millions of opinions and I expect more than a few that can work. Capgeek has a really cool "Armchair GM" feature that Scott Cullen uses to great effect during his offseason team-by-team series. It's a blast, and I used it today to build the perfect beast (Lowetide version).
May 28 2014 03:44PM
Jason Gregor's terrific interview with Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report (transcript below) frames the Oilers issue at #3 overall perfectly—similar players available, one of whom (Leon Draisaitl) is a perfect fit for an actual need. I buy that, for me there's merit in the argument and the math suggests the trio are very close in quality. The next logical question, then, is "can the Oilers plug and play Leon Draisaitl? Is he NHL ready?"
May 26 2014 04:57PM
In that instant indicated in this photo, Mitchell Moroz' life got complicated. I remember it well, watching NHL network and Peter Loubardias saying kind things about him as the Family Feud 'clang' indicated the selection. Mitchell Moroz the Oil King became Mitchell Moroz the Oiler draft pick, releasing tens of thousands (well, tens) of draft experts to wail about the wasted selection.
May 25 2014 08:58AM
The Edmonton Oil Kings have been a part of our community for a long, long time. This year's team won their second WHL championship in three seasons, and, today, have a chance to shake hands with history, just like the Oil Kings of 1963.