October 04 2014 07:34PM
This is it. The final game of the preseason goes tonight, and with it comes the final opportunity for players to make an impact on the coaches before the start of the year. Given the sheer volume of camp battles the Oilers have still going on, it should be fascinating.
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October 04 2014 02:45PM
Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division… we present the first installment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season!
October 04 2014 08:00AM
The Oilers have made some real progress in improving the back end of their roster. The addition of Mark Fayne from New Jersey checked off a lot of boxes, adding a guy with size and solid underlying numbers who is capable of playing tough minutes and should be for years to come. Nikita Nikitin probably isn’t as good of a player, but like Fayne he’s a big veteran with a history of at least competence at the NHL level.
But it’s still a weak group, as Nikitin’s injury last night demonstrates.
October 03 2014 03:42PM
Nail Yakupov is the wild card the Oilers have up their sleeve. The problem is they don’t really know what kind of a wild card he is. He could be a strong offensive force and be a legit NHL scoring weapon. He could also be a streaky player with defensive lapses like we saw last season.
October 03 2014 01:42PM
NHL teams are always a little worried at this time of year, as they are forced to make decisions on prospects who are now waiver eligible. There are players who come available at this time of year who have value, and miles of track left on their careers. For the Oilers, two players may be vulnerable this season and the next few days will offer some challenges for management.