March 31 2015 07:00AM
If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!
March 30 2015 07:24AM
What we don't know about goalies is a lot. When scouts talk about forwards or defensemen, or we read an online scouting report, we come away with some idea about the player. He's fast and small, or big and slow, etc. Goalies? Who would play you in the movie? It's difficult to figure out what scouts look for and the verbal we get from scouting services is either so technical it's impossible to understand or it sounds like what we might say when asked the same questions. The entire idea of projecting goalies is voodoo. What's a fan to do?
March 29 2015 05:46PM
Martin Gernat suffered a season ending injury this week and joined a long line of injured Barons on the sideline. Among those healthy enough to play, who delivered solid performances this week? Read on!
March 29 2015 10:19AM
Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.
March 27 2015 01:37PM
The Edmonton Oilers have the best fans. Full stop. Oilers Nation stepped willingly into the elevator shaft of rebuilding X years ago (your mileage may vary) and they're still taking the LRT or driving down to Rexall through the wind, hail, sleet and snow. Edmonton Oilers fans possess faith eternal, they are worth celebrating all days. Today, the organization takes the time to say thanks.