August 11 2015 07:40AM
The Oilers' 2006 playoff run began on Friday April 21st at 5:12 MST. The Oilers were in Detroit to face the President Trophy winning Red Wings. The Wings dominated the regular season. They finished with 124 points, the fifth highest total in NHL history (Habs had 132 in 1977, 129 in 1978, 127 in 1976 and the Wings had 131 in 1996), and they were +95 in goals for/against.
The Oilers finished with 95 points and +7 in GF/GA. The Wings were heavily favoured and the Oilers had won only 9 of 20 games since Dwayne Roloson was acquired on March 8th.
Things did not start well for the Oilers.
August 10 2015 07:01PM
The Bakersfield Condors, via the Edmonton Oilers, have a few familiar faces who are going to bring some veteran leadership to a team that, after several years of futile drafting, has an abundance of top-rated prospects.
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.