May 14 2016 07:00AM
Coming in at 43rd in our consensus rankings is Sault St Marie winger Boris Katchouk, who is a player that won't wow you on the ice but will do the little things to generate offence.
He may not be a flashy player but for a second round pick, he is someone that teams will be attracted to.
May 13 2016 11:51PM
Back in March, the Edmonton Oilers signed winger Jere Sallinen. Although he is a Finn, Sallinen was playing in the KHL—part of Finland's entry in that league, Jokerit. He went 50gp, 8-11-19 in the KHL and will push for NHL employment this fall. Although there is a real chance he starts in Bakersfield, Finnish Oilers often make if to the NHL, if only for a time. Since the March signing, Peter Chiarelli turned his attention to NCAA players and shored up the pro ranks over a few weeks. There are still some interesting Euro free agents, some of them on display at the Worlds right now. Will the Oilers go shopping again?
May 13 2016 01:45PM
With the Edmonton Oilers having dropped into the fourth slot at the NHL draft lottery, there’s been plenty of discussion about whether Oiler GM Peter Chiarelli will keep the pick, flip the pick and move down or trade the pick as part of a bigger package to acquire immediate help.
May 13 2016 12:00PM
I've long believed great players don't need a Stanley Cup to be considered among the elite. Of course it helps, but you need to be on a great team to win the Cup. I'll be very surprised if we see a team match the Blackhawks' three Cups in six seasons during the next few decades. In today's salary cap era, it is extremely difficult to keep a team together for six seasons, and if you do, you will need some luck and, most importantly, you'll need to avoid serious injuries.
During their three Cup wins, the Hawks' core group of seven players -- Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Niklas Hjalmarsson -- missed a total of two games. Hossa and Keith each missed one game during their 2013 run.
May 13 2016 09:00AM
I’m ready to trade it. I don’t want it. I want it to be a defenseman who can play in the NHL…yesterday. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft belongs to Edmonton and I couldn’t make it belong to someone else fast enough. But, am I undervaluing that pick? Have Oiler fans so used to drafting at the top of the order that we now have unrealistically low opinions of the riff raff taken in that second grouping of players?