Edmonton Oilers sign 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
August 12 2014 01:19PM

Draisaitl, Leon

The Edmonton Oilers made an unsurprising but still positive announcement on Tuesday morning, revealing that third overall pick Leon Draisaitl had been signed by the team.

Read Article | 53 Comments

Columbus Blue Jackets’ centre situation is worth watching

Jonathan Willis
August 11 2014 05:19PM


Look long enough at the various players who might potentially available to the Edmonton Oilers at centre, and eventually the name Artem Anisimov comes up. He fits the direction of the organization – he’s big, he’s young, his underlying numbers are pretty good. He plays for a team in Columbus that has a surplus of talent up the middle.

Most importantly, though: He’s one of the few cases where there is also logical reason to think that there might be a change in his status as we get closer to training camp.

Read Article | 95 Comments

Dallas Eakins on how an NHL coaching staff can use analytics

Jonathan Willis
August 09 2014 04:47PM

Dallas Eakins 18

We’re in the dog days of summer, and thanks to that even something as relatively small as the hiring of a statistical consultant by Edmonton had been debated to death.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins talked to Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 about the move, and he managed both to say some new things and give us some idea about what he’s expecting from new addition Tyler Dellow.

Read Article | 62 Comments

Intangibles: Character

Jonathan Willis
August 08 2014 03:05PM


One of the comments I get a lot runs along the lines of ‘character wins championships, and stats don’t measure character!’ It’s true, to a point, but it glosses over a lot of important nuance.

Since it’s August, and every day is a slow news day, this seemed like a good time to talk about it.

Read Article | 70 Comments

2014-15 Goals Projection: All the Defencemen

Jonathan Willis
August 06 2014 02:37PM


How many goals should we expect from Justin Schultz and Co. on the Oilers’ blue line next season?

More importantly, how do reasonable (your mileage may vary) projections for both the defence and the team as a whole compare to the results posted by last year's playoff teams in the West?

Read Article | 62 Comments