August 04 2014 06:37PM
The Edmonton Oilers are old hands at graduating players right out of the draft. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov made the jump season over season over season, a rare item (for one team) in the game's history. This year, it looks like they may do it again. I've asked it twice, and I'm asking it again: Is Leon Draisaitl ready?
August 04 2014 09:20AM
Oh hey there, friendly mailbag readers. It's once again your cue to stop doing anything work related and learn something from your pals at the Nation (most likely me... probably not). I need questions, and those come from you guys, so email me your question to email@example.com and I'll get it up as soon as I can.
Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. And for God's sake learn something.
August 03 2014 08:12AM
Many moons ago, the Edmonton Oilers passed on drafting Zach Parise. Why? Well, he was a small forward, and the Oilers had several in the system already. They were covered at that spot, no need for overkill. Best player available? NOPE! Marc Pouliot (flying, in photo) and J-F Jacques were the return for the draft pick that New Jersey used on Parise.
How's that working now? Well, let's see if we've learned any lessons.
August 01 2014 10:31PM
A year from now, Tyler Bunz (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) will have completed his entry-level deal. Edmonton will make a decision on Bunz and several other free agents—restricted and unrestricted—as they clean house and get ready to add another group of entry level players. Here's a quick look ahead at what might happen with Edmonton's 'bubbling under' prospects in 2015.
August 01 2014 01:36PM
Jake Gardiner signed a nice deal with the Leafs this weekend. Five years at roughly four million a season. Not a crazy number for the Leafs to swallow. Gardiner has got some stability contract wise, something NHL players love to have. Now that the deal is done it is time to park it and look at how he can become more.