April 26 2016 09:39PM
Edmonton Oilers have some decisions to make on restricted free agents this spring. Based on Peter Chiarelli's own statements about what he wants his team to look like, we can probably make the call on most of them.
April 25 2016 09:20PM
I am fairly certain the Edmonton Oilers have never worried much about how many defensive lefty's are in their lineup. During the golden years, the club had some fabulous LHD (Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe, Charlie Huddy, Randy Gregg and Don Jackson outnumbered righty Lee Fogolin). The current group is also heavy on the lefties and there is increasing evidence showing that kind of bias is a bad idea on defense. What is this evidence? And what could it mean for this summer?
April 24 2016 12:04PM
Top prospect Jesse Puljujarvi scored this goal vs Russia tonight in the U18 World Championship Quarterfinal... pic.twitter.com/9ZoRlqmHDJ— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) April 21, 2016
The World Juniors at Christmas and the U18s this month have given us a good look at Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi. Although generally regarded as the third or fourth best talent in this year's draft, there is very little doubt he is an impact prospect. Who is Jesse Puljujarvi and can he help the Oilers?
April 23 2016 10:59AM
In 2012 (legend has it), the Edmonton Oilers were hoping Oil Kings forward Henrik Samuelsson would fall to them early in Round 2. As it happened, the Arizona Coyotes drafted the Pittsburgh native No. 27 overall. Early in the second round, Edmonton chose another Oil Kings forward, Mitchell Moroz. In the days since, Oilers fans have beaten up that selection left, right and center, mourning the loss of Samuelsson and casting the stink-eye in Moroz' direction. How are things going, anyway?
April 22 2016 08:19PM
The Edmonton Oilers have so many left-handed defensemen in the pipeline, if they draft another one the fans might revolt. Timing being everything, there are precious few RHD this draft season. One of them is a mobile defender who is showing well in the NCAA. Meet Charlie McAvoy.