June 20 2016 07:00AM
Here we are. Draft week. It's finally that time of the year where the Oilers are relevant, and citizens of the Nation can feel excited about the future. That means we need to find ways to kill time until Friday rolls around. As always, the Mailbag is here to get you started with a few minutes of wasted company time. I need questions for next week so please send in anything you can think of through email or on Twitter. For now, it's time to learn something.
Tickets to the Connorversary are still available (and selling out fast) with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray.
June 20 2016 05:00AM
The Jakob Chychrun tale took on somewhat of a life of its own over the course of the 2015-16 season. Once thought to be among the best talents available this year, the Sarnia Sting rearguard has slid down most rankings and gets plenty of shade thrown his way as a result. There are plenty that believe that he's still the top defenceman available though, so where does the truth lay?
As always, the truth rests somewhere in the middle, and a deeper look into his season and the narratives that ensued shows a promising young player with a lot of physical tools who was undone by expectations more than anything else.
Jakob Chychrun checks in at #8 on our draft rankings.
June 19 2016 03:35PM
Oilers fans are reaching the point where just about everyone has been discussed in trade—by my count Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (in photo by Mark Williams) are the only outliers—and maybe it is time we get back to the basics. Let's start with the McDavid cluster.
June 19 2016 07:58AM
The first big star of the modern Edmonton Oil Kings was two-way defender Mark Pysyk. He patrolled the blue for the Oil Kings over parts of five seasons, and helped guide the organization to its first WHL championship in 2012. Could Pysyk be part of the solution for the Edmonton Oilers?
June 19 2016 07:00AM
For the majority of this season, London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi was in contention for the mantle of "best defenceman available" at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, duking it out with fellow OHL blueliners Jakob Chychrun and Mikhail Sergachev. Unreal performances in international tournaments drew a wealth of attention his way, and playing on the Memorial Cup winning London Knights certainly didn't hurt.
At the end of the year, with the draft fast approaching, Juolevi ranks as the third best defenceman available, according to our rankings. However, the situation is still fluid enough that he could go at any time and could very well be the first defenceman to have his name called on June 24th.