August 20 2015 08:00AM
Even if Josh Winquist never plays an NHL game, he’ll have provided Oilers fans with a valuable service. A guy like Winquist enters the system having to earn absolutely everything he gets and so like others (including Mark Arcobello) before him provides a valuable point of reference for the “real” prospects.
Josh Winquist tells us who is passing and who is failing.
August 19 2015 03:00PM
Todd McLellan obviously isn’t going to make firm decisions on his opening night lineup until he’s had a real chance at training camp to get a feel for the players in his charge. But it’s equally hard to believe that he has no idea of what he’s going to do; he’ll already have looked at the video and put quite a bit of thought into his team’s makeup.
In this week’s WWYDW, we ask: If you were McLellan, what would your full roster plan look like right now?
August 19 2015 01:00PM
This was a bad summer to become a free agent. The cap ceiling didn't rise as much as many teams expected, and as a result, teams were more hesitant than ever to hand out massive contracts to the players available on the free agent market. We're getting towards the end of summer and there are still a handful of solid free agents looking for employment. If these guys want to play in the NHL next season, they're probably going to have to do so at a reduced amount of cash or length of term than they originally expected heading into the offseason. At this point, you can call it bargain bin hunting because the teams hold most of the negotiation power. There aren't many teams left looking to add via free agency, so the options for these guys to sign look fairly slim, especially if they're interested in playing on a contender.
After the jump, I'll take a look at some of the interesting free agent defencemen still available in free agency, and who might be interested in their services for the upcoming season.
August 19 2015 10:00AM
Yesterday, Travis Yost posted an interesting article at TSN about Justin Schultz and how involved he is as the shooter on grade "A" chances in the attacking end of the ice. It goes to highlight just how odd this player is in one aspect of his contributions. It also opens up the question of whether a defenseman can be overly involved in the grade "A" scoring chances as the shooter.
August 19 2015 08:00AM
Now, I know what you're thinking; "JEANSHORTS YOU MORON OF COURSE WE'RE WORTHY OF MCDAVID! WE TRUDGED THROUGH CLOSE TO A DECADE OF SEWAGE BRAND HOCKEY® AND NOW WE FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!" And I agree!