April 21 2016 02:39PM
Compared to the previous five off-seasons, the anticipation of a major trade involving the Edmonton Oilers seems much more realistic this year. Peter Chiarelli stated, "I'm reasonably confident I will be able to address our defense in a meaningful way," at his end-of-season media availability.
Depending on how the draft lottery unfolds next Saturday, he could dangle his first round draft pick, or most likely, he will trade one or two of his skilled forwards to acquire the much needed top-pairing, right-shot defender.
April 21 2016 10:12AM
It is mid-April and after a difficult and disappointing season marred by injuries throughout the lineup, the Edmonton Oilers are looking at a top end draft pick and facing some significant roster changes under their new General Manager.
Is it 2010 or 2016?
April 21 2016 07:00AM
In hindsight, it’s not necessarily a bad thing that the 1994-95 season was shortened to 48 games by a lockout. It saved Oiler fans from enduring a full season of watching a team that not only saw fit to name Shayne Corson as captain and George Burnett as coach, but that would miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
April 20 2016 03:40PM
Peter Chiarelli was hired by the Boston Bruins as GM on May 26, 2006. He did not get to work officially for a month or so, and the archives tell us the Bruins 2006 draft (a monster, delivering Phil Kessel, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic) was the work of the scouts and previous admin.
An article today by Matt Dolloff from CBS Boston is getting some play, some quotes from the Bruins brass laying blame at the feet of Peter Chiarelli (and the author of the piece points out a few facts, including Boston's cap and other issues on the day PC left). Article is here.
If we can agree that Peter Chiarelli's time as director of the NHL draft for Boston began after the 2006 draft, we can begin to cobble together his track record. How good is Peter Chiarelli at the draft table?
April 20 2016 09:00AM
Craig Button, one the top draft gurus in the game, recently said the Edmonton Oilers’ cupboard was “pretty bare” when it comes to any promising prospects. He’s not wrong. And that hurts not only at the NHL level but it could make things pretty painful at the developmental AHL level for the Bakersfield Condors as well.