The Bigger Problem With Jones

Jonathan Willis
September 09 2011 10:20PM

Ryan Jones is coming off the finest season to date in his NHL career, one that landed him a two-year extension with the Edmonton Oilers. Still, questions about that season – and whether he can repeat it – abound.

Read Article | 47 Comments

Hockey Is Destroying Western Civilization

Jonathan Willis
September 06 2011 09:22PM

Laura Robinson’s article on the Vancouver riots and the violence-worshipping nature of hockey doesn’t quite go as far as the title above, but she comes close.

Robinson argues that hockey – she cites the Vancouver Olympics and the Canucks’ playoff run – leads to violence against women, because of the culture of violence in hockey.

Read Article | 30 Comments

Building A Power Play

Jonathan Willis
September 06 2011 07:05PM

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t had a competent power play for a long time. They’ve rotated through coaches and point men alike, without finding success. They’ve added some intriguing options to the line-up: both young players still developing, and established veterans like Ryan Smyth and Eric Belanger. Who should the team use on the power play this year?

Read Article | 44 Comments

Brett Ferguson

Jonathan Willis
August 30 2011 03:14AM

Yesterday, we looked at one of the undrafted players that the Oilers are going to take a closer look at – undrafted defender Wesley Vannieuwenhuizen. He isn’t the only unsigned player hoping to earn a professional contract that the Oilers have invited, though. Brett Ferguson, a teammate of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Red Deer, is another – and he’s an interesting prospect.

Read Article | 58 Comments

Cam Barker vs. Kurtis Foster

Jonathan Willis
August 29 2011 01:48PM

Kurtis Foster was the player tabbed last season to replace Sheldon Souray’s big shot on the power play. He had a largely forgettable year – the worst offensive season of his career – and there weren’t a lot of tears shed by fans when he was sent away to Anaheim over the summer.

Andy Sutton may be the player returned in that trade, but it is free agent acquisition Cam Barker who will be asked to fill the offensive specialist role vacated by Foster. Thus, it’s worth asking how he’s likely to perform in Foster’s absence.

Read Article | 25 Comments