August 06 2014 11:49AM
On paper, he shouldn't be there. Based on pedigree, he doesn't make the invite list. Greg Chase is making a habit of beating the odds, and this time it's the national entry at the Christmas tournament Canadians love more than Timmy's coffee: The world junior team.
August 04 2014 06:37PM
The Edmonton Oilers are old hands at graduating players right out of the draft. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov made the jump season over season over season, a rare item (for one team) in the game's history. This year, it looks like they may do it again. I've asked it twice, and I'm asking it again: Is Leon Draisaitl ready?
August 03 2014 08:12AM
Many moons ago, the Edmonton Oilers passed on drafting Zach Parise. Why? Well, he was a small forward, and the Oilers had several in the system already. They were covered at that spot, no need for overkill. Best player available? NOPE! Marc Pouliot (flying, in photo) and J-F Jacques were the return for the draft pick that New Jersey used on Parise.
How's that working now? Well, let's see if we've learned any lessons.
August 01 2014 10:31PM
A year from now, Tyler Bunz (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) will have completed his entry-level deal. Edmonton will make a decision on Bunz and several other free agents—restricted and unrestricted—as they clean house and get ready to add another group of entry level players. Here's a quick look ahead at what might happen with Edmonton's 'bubbling under' prospects in 2015.
July 30 2014 08:28PM
A year ago, I wrote "I don't think we'll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season" which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I've got it covered this time!