December 06 2011 09:47AM
By Andrey Osadchenko
The Oilers could never really brag about their Russians. It might the cold, it might be the distance between Motherland and Edmonton (which is huge) and it might be something else, but the ugly truth is that none of the Russians ever spent a whole lot of time with the team. Here’s a quick look at five who did and left their mark. Ironically, four of them are defensemen.
December 05 2011 10:02PM
The NHL announced last night that its Board of Governors were able to come to an agreement on a realignment of the league, one that will abolish the current East/West system and instead create four different conferences.
December 05 2011 06:11PM
I don`t have the attention span of Elliotte Friedman to come up with 30 Thoughts, but with the Edmonton Oilers getting a couple of days to catch their breath between games, that hasn't stopped me from borrowing from (stealing) his idea and coming up with 10 that are specific to Tom Renney`s team.
December 05 2011 02:49PM
It’s fair to say that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has caught a few people by surprise with his phenomenal start to the season. It would also be fair to say that I’m one of those people.
December 05 2011 09:33AM
The Oilers are much more competitive this season, and with the emergence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall the offense should be solid moving forward. We've also witnessed some solid signs from Ladislav Smid, Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Tom Gilbert that the kids will have some competent veterans around them as they grow.
We've seen improvement in many areas, which was expected after two consecutive 30th place finishes, but if this team wants to be a playoff contender this year or the next they better improve their divisional play.
Since 2007, they've won 52 of 146 Divisional games including only three of ten so far this season.