August 10 2015 03:00PM
Pretty much the only nice thing about finishing near the bottom of the league is the way it improves draft picks. Edmonton had had a top-three selection in five of the last six drafts, and those five players are now key pieces of the team’s long-term plan.
But it’s not just the first-round pick of a team that improves. All of the Oilers’ selections were higher in those years, and on three occasions the team used a second-round pick which was virtually indistinguishable from a first-round draft choice. Those three picks produced Tyler Pitlick, David Musil and Mitch Moroz.
August 10 2015 12:00PM
The truth of the matter is they were a fantastic team and worthy of the Stanley Cup. You'll hear people say 'They got hot at the right time' or 'Roloson got them there' but MY that 2005-06 Oilers club could play the game.
August 10 2015 08:01AM
The weekend is over, practice retirement has ended, and you're all looking for ways to kill company time. Thank Gord for the mailbag. Why? These here 3000 words are not only going to teach you something, they should kill at least 15 minutes of whatever it is that you are supposed to be doing. If you have a question for the mailbag you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. With that out of the way I present to you another mailbag and a very happy birthday to Papa Milk who will likely never see this. Thank you.
August 09 2015 01:40PM
If my math is correct, there's no way the Oilers will start the season with Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart in the opening night lineup. Ahead of the dynamic duo are veterans (Andrej Sekera, Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ference, Eric Gryba) and some youth (Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz). In the conversation with them will be Brandon Davidson, but when it comes to the two emerging defensemen it's only a matter of time. Who gets here first?
August 08 2015 10:00AM
Is it the start of the NHL season yet? No, it still isn't. It's only August. We still have two months to go until hockey starts again. Until then, all we can do is sit here and speculate what's going to happen, which teams are going to break out, which signings were worth it, which weren't, etc. You know, all the fun stuff. We can also take a look at what each team has done so far this summer, whether it was good or bad and whether they can still do anything else before the season finally begins. I'm noticing a trend this summer. I'm not quite sure if its an anomaly because of the cap ceiling being lower than expected, but the NHL is truly becoming a draft a develop league, as star players simply don't make it to free agency. The Metro Division is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
I've taken a look at the good and bad of the Pacific and Central Divisions so far, so after the jump, I'll break down what's happened in the Metropolitan Division this summer.