January 23 2011 06:10PM
With every loss the Oilers are getting closer to being the first team since Ottawa in 1995 and 1996 to have the first overall pick in consecutive seasons. The Devils won their fourth straight earlier today and they are now tied with the Oilers for last place with 35 points. The Devils finally seem to be playing up to their potential, while the Oilers are 2-12-2 in their last 16 and seem destined to be first to the podium on June 23rd in Minnesota.
January 23 2011 09:16AM
This is Adam Larsson. He is the number one rated prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry draft at this time. The Edmonton Oilers may have a shot at selecting him this summer, something that wasn't in the conversation just days ago. Jacques Lemaire's defensive hockey is starting to work in the New Jersey swamps, and it may benefit the Oilers in a big way. The question then becomes "will the Oilers take a defenseman #1 overall?"
January 22 2011 08:37AM
Jeff Petry's independent scouting reports never matched the over the top verbal coming from the Oilers. That disconnect caused some of us (well, me) to miss the boat in regard to the long, tall Michigander. It's time to call uncle, because this kid would appear to have the toolkit, the brain and the desire.
January 21 2011 08:03AM
This is Magnus Pääjärvi. In all of the excitement of watching Taylor Hall and his thrilling moves, in seeing just how smart Jordan Eberle is and how well that converts to the NHL, young Mr. Pääjärvi has been lost in the crowd. No more. The kid with Swedish and Finnish roots is having an impact most nights.
January 20 2011 10:09PM
Sheldon Souray’s fall from grace has been almost absolute. A season ago he was admired by the vast majority of Oilers fans, respected for his powerful shot, surprisingly good defence, and perhaps most of all for a nasty streak which demonstrated itself time and again. Now, he finds himself an outcast, reviled by many of those same fans, and struggling to stay healthy in the American Hockey League.