September 12 2011 05:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers have a surplus of bodies and some difficult decisions to make about their men in the middle this season, and it's an issue that will likely be more pressing by the time training camp rolls around in 2012 unless GM Steve Tambellini begins thinning the herd.
September 12 2011 10:52AM
The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game.
"Oh, hey, it's good to see you showed up. I wanted to call you in here with regards to that fight that you had last night in our prospects game.
September 12 2011 12:11AM
The outcome in rookie games aren't that important, except when you're an Oiler fan who has had to suffer through back-to-back 30th place finishes. Then you celebrate any win that involves Oiler colours. Hell, if a team in division 7 in the EMHL won, and they had Oiler colours, fans would high-five each other, so tonight Oiler fans can feel confident that their prospects are infinitely better than Vancouver's after a 7-2 Oiler spanking.
September 11 2011 07:56PM
Penticton, BC - None of the six players in the pic will be on the ice tonight for the Oilers -- Larsson is in NJ and the other five will be at Rexall Place next Saturday -- but the Oilers would be over the moon if five of the kids playing tonight end up in as NHLers in the next few years.
Oilers hockey is back, at least hopeful Oilers of the future, but when you haven't watched a game since April 10th I'm sure many of you will take what you can get.
You can watch the game on Sportsnet at 8:30 MDT and here is what the lineup will probably look like.
September 11 2011 07:08PM
This is Oscar Klefbom. He's hurt--again!