June 19 2012 10:51AM
It seems like a long time ago that I was drafted. The process is the same but the attention the draft gets has multiplied many times. Players know right away they have been selected. Between the Internet and Twitter, all news of who is drafted where is reported in real time.
Not so when I was drafted in 1994...(insert your age chirp here Wanye!!!)
June 18 2012 08:50PM
There's not much doubt that Filip Forsberg is going to be an NHL player, and a pretty good one in the estimation of many. The question is, does the big Swede fit into the plans of the Edmonton Oilers, given they already have decent depth on the wing? I don't think so, but I don't know so.
June 18 2012 01:58PM
What readers and writers at Oilersnation think makes for great debate when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, but there's nothing like actually hearing from somebody in the know. That's why our 2011 series From The Horse's Mouth with Oilers chief Stu MacGregor drew such great response last June.
June 18 2012 01:43PM
For one week of the year, fans of bad hockey teams have a legitimate reason to be happier than those of competitive teams. The 2012 NHL draft is four days away and for only the 2nd time in NHL history, three Canadian teams will be drafting in the top-five; the Leafs sit at five, the Habs at three while the Oilers will choose first.
I can guarantee you that fans in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto are much more excited this week than fans in Phoenix, New Jersey and New York.
It will be curious to see if fans still be excited Friday night after the first picks are announced?
June 18 2012 10:30AM
Near the start of the 2011-12 season, Mikhail Grigorenko was considered one of the top two talents in the upcoming draft. In fact, some lists had him as a "1B" prospect next to probable first overall pick Nail Yakupov.