Travis Hamonic comes off the market

Jonathan Willis
May 10 2016 10:45AM

It appears that Travis Hamonic, the best right-shooting defenceman who was definitely in play via trade, is now off the market. It's fantastic news for the New York Islanders, but for anybody looking for help on the blue line this is unfortunate.

That list most definitely includes the Edmonton Oilers.

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J.D. Burke
May 10 2016 07:00AM

Analyzing goaltenders is a tricky business, and one that I'm not necessarily certain the combined staff of Jets Nation and Canucks Army is up to tackling. Especially where prospects are concerned. To try and deliver you the best and most accurate reflection of Carter Hart's ability and progression as a netminder, I reached out to friend of the blog, Greg Balloch, to give us his take. Balloch writes for, a publication that specializes in the realm of goaltender analysis. Follow him on twitter, @GregBalloch

Carter Hart comes into the 2016 NHL entry draft as the second-ranked North American goaltender, behind Evan Fitzpatrick of the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. This ranking represents somewhat of a slight, as Hart spent the entirety of this season as the top-ranked goaltender until final rankings were revealed. An especially frustrating reality for Hart, given his play steadily improved as the season wore on. Hart's Everett Silvertips surrendered the second-fewest goals in the WHL, behind the Victoria Royals and their 50-win campaign.

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May 09 2016 04:30PM

The Edmonton Oilers must have had a plan for the 2014 draft, but two years later, that plan remains unclear. Perhaps the organization was concerned about not having enough room on their 50-man list, assuming the 2012 and 2013 drafts would have filled the organizational holes and sustained them for a decade. Peter Chiarelli is filling the void this spring with college and European signings, a rational approach to a lost draft summer.

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North By NorthGretz Podcast - Wasp Attack!

North By NorthGretz
May 09 2016 03:00PM


This week the boys recap the Nation draft lottery party, try to figure out why Oiler fans refuse to trade the first round pick, and play a game of 20 questions with Chris The Intern before being ATTACKED BY A WASP during another illuminating round of Ask The Idiots! 

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Monday Musings: NCAA free agents

Jason Gregor
May 09 2016 12:50PM


The Oilers signed Drake Caggiula to a two-year entry level deal on the weekend. Caggiula won a NCAA National Championship with North Dakota this spring, and the 5'10, 185 pound left shooting forward turns 22 in June.

Many NHL teams were trying to sign him, but he chose the Oilers, likely due to the lack of skilled forwards in their farm system -- Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov and Kyle Platzer are their best skilled forwards. Josh Winquist had 8-22-30 in 35 games in Bakersfield this year, but he was on an AHL-only contract. He's arguably the most skilled forward prospect they have in the AHL, but he isn't signed.

Caggiula gives them some organizational depth, but we should be cautious when predicting his NHL future.

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