May 19 2014 02:52PM
Last season, Taylor Hall started at centre, and that left the Oilers’ left wing an ugly mess. Ryan Smyth was penciled in on the first line, David Perron slid in behind him and after that it was utter chaos.
Help is needed, but the position looks significantly stronger now than it did out of training camp last season.
May 18 2014 02:52PM
Last season, Edmonton started the year with right wing as its strongest position. Jordan Eberle led a group that included the NHL’s rookie scoring leader, Nail Yakupov, and the always useful Ales Hemsky. Fighting for the fourth-line job were a trio of players with some nice points – training camp standout Jesse Joensuu, enforcer Mike Brown and minor-league scorer Ryan Hamilton (who primarily plays left wing).
It was a pretty good looking group, but it took some hits over the course of the season. Now the Oilers face a summer that will see further changes to the group.
May 17 2014 01:34PM
A year ago, the Edmonton Oilers entered the year with a centre depth chart featuring Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner (both injured) in the top two jobs, Mark Arcobello as a fill-in, Boyd Gordon in the third-line job and Will Acton on the fourth line.
The results weren’t pretty. Where do they go from here?
May 16 2014 11:51AM
Decisions have already been made on many of the Edmonton players eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer. Ryan Smyth retired (to deserved fanfare), Ryan Jones declared that he wouldn’t be back, Denis Grebeshkov and Anton Belov headed for the KHL.
But that still leaves five UFA’s unaccounted for. What happens to them?
May 15 2014 10:30AM
Something very interesting has been going on with the Edmonton Oilers’ scouting staff, and it’s the kind of thing that really ought to get somebody fired.