May 16 2016 12:02PM
The Oilers haven't had a "core" for many years. They have three players who have been on the team five years: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and they were either sophomores or rookies in 2011/2012.
Let's take a quick look at players who have been the staples on other western conference teams during the past five seasons, and compare them to the Oilers.
May 16 2016 09:00AM
For much of 2015-16, the Edmonton Oilers ran three pricey veterans together on a regular bottom-six line. The trio of Matt Hendricks, Mark Letestu and Lauri Korpikoski made $6.35 million in actual salary and carried a $6.15 million cap hit, more than Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle or Andrej Sekera are paid individually.
It’s hard to argue that the team got its money’s worth from the trio.
May 16 2016 07:00AM
When I had a real job I hated doing anything remotely productive on Mondays mornings. Generally, Miss Milk and yours truly use Sundays as an opportunity to drink various alcohols under the guise of Sunday Funday. I'll admit that the rules for acceptable excuses for daytime binge drinking are a little bit loose at the Castle Milk but that's beside the point. Regardless of what you do with your Sunday there is nothing worse than pretending to be productive at the office on Monday morning, and you have time to kill. As always, the Mailbag is here to help. It's time to learn something.
May 15 2016 03:29PM
Every once in awhile I will think about Jordan Oesterle's season and project him onto the Oilers roster in 2016-17. He is advancing as a prospect, you know. He has learned his lessons in the AHL, the wobbly bits are less a part of his everyday game—and that brilliant footspeed shines like a diamond.
The problem with projecting him is this: He is a lefty, and Edmonton has so many—too many—at both the NHL and AHL level. How does a prospect like Oesterle make it to the NHL?
May 15 2016 12:24PM
Ethan Bear’s season has just come to a close. His Seattle Thunderbirds lost in the WHL final to the Brandon Wheat Kings after steamrolling the competition up to that point. No doubt he’s disappointed right now, but the Edmonton Oilers should be excited about the progress Bear made during this campaign.