March 30 2014 10:43AM
The Edmonton Oilers love Justin Schultz. It's obvious, made clear in all kinds of ways. The main one has to do with time on ice—Schultz has played more minutes this season than all but 50 NHL defensemen. Schultz has not delivered enough in those situations. What will the Oilers do?
March 30 2014 09:21AM
The Edmonton Oilers held an optional skate at practice yesterday. Skaters participating were four fringe major league defenceman, enforcer Luke Gazdic, and injured winger Nail Yakupov. It was, as the coach admitted afterward, a pretty good indication of the health of the team.
And baby, they already weren’t that strong.
March 29 2014 03:33PM
I am always amazed how sometimes hockey makes no sense. The Oilers win on Friday night must be driving the Ducks coaches and players over the edge. Other than two areas, the Ducks played a very strong game. Usually against a weaker team two areas don’t make a big difference.
March 29 2014 08:00AM
A lot of times it sounds like a cop-out, but the simple truth is that for a lot of failed prospects injury is a significant factor. Tyler Pitlick isn’t yet one of those failures, but ‘injury’ looks like the single most prominent obstacle between him and the NHL right now.
March 29 2014 07:58AM
It was not so long ago that Jeff Petry (in photo) was playing in Oklahoma City and the Oilers were hoping Taylor Chorney and Theo Peckham would develop. Now, Petry is in the NHL, and 200+ games into his career. Chorney and Peckham are down the line.
The Oilers have a large number of defensemen in the system, and when Dillon Simpson is signed it's going to get crazy. Can they keep all of them? Who is expendable?