David Musil: On Track

Jonathan Willis
June 08 2014 12:10PM

These days it’s fashionable to hammer on David Musil as a prospect, and it’s easy to understand why. There were a lot of good players available in the second round of the 2011 Draft – among others, Tomas Jurco in Detroit, Boone Jenner in Columbus, Brandon Saad in Chicago.

But there needs to be a line drawn between the scouting process – identifying the best player at that draft position – and the player himself. David Musil’s a pretty good prospect, and his rookie season in Oklahoma City leaves lots of reason for optimism.

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Let Him Go

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2014 03:32PM


There aren’t a lot of players in the NHL I enjoy watching more than Ales Hemsky. He’s a sublime talent who can do magic things with the puck, and as he showed following his trade to Ottawa he still has plenty left in the tank. He was a good soldier in Edmonton – he accepted the third line role in 2013-14 and did pretty well in it – and I have no idea what game the people who think he’s soft were watching.

That doesn’t mean he’s going to come back to Edmonton, or even that it’s a good idea in theory.

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The First Pick of the Fourth Round

Jonathan Willis
June 04 2014 12:56PM


The Oilers’ second pick at the 2014 NHL Draft – barring trades, which we’re doubtless going to see – will be at the very start of the fourth round. What kind of player might they be looking at there?

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Devan Dubnyk wants to work with Oilers goalie coach Frederic Chabot again

Jonathan Willis
June 03 2014 02:00PM


Devan Dubnyk had a terrible season, but he isn’t blaming Edmonton goalie coach Frederic Chabot.

“He’s been incredible for me,” said Dubnyk, who told CBC’s Elliotte Friedman that he’d like to keep working with Chabot.

Interesting, that.

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Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin would solve a lot of problems for the Oilers

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2014 07:30AM

It’s been a month or so since player agent Gary Greenstin suggested that clients Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin could be a package deal in free agency this summer. The idea is likely not to impress many NHL teams, who might be able to want or afford one but not the other, or who just instinctively dislike the idea of being told they can’t have one without the other.

The Oilers, who could use both players, aren’t a team in a position to turn their noses up at an opportunity.

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