January 06 2017 09:35PM
The only question surrounding Tyler Benson on draft day 2016 was health. If he had been able to play a full season in his eligible year, the young Vancouver Giants winger would have been a strong candidate for the first round—possibly the top 15 overall. As it happened, he fell to the early portion of the second round and to his hometown Edmonton Oilers. Benson's draft +1 season has been going very well, in fact, recent production has been very strong. He was scratched the other night in Edmonton and again tonight. What is going on?
January 06 2017 12:17PM
As the Edmonton Oilers enter the back half of the 2016-17 season, it’s going to be worth watching how they handle a number of prospects currently in the AHL. Most of the team’s significant minor-leaguers are in their last season of waiver exemption—which means it’s either impress now, or go into training camp next fall as an outsider.
January 06 2017 09:58AM
Yesterday Taylor Hall was a guest on my radio show. Hall will play the Oilers for the first time this Saturday. It is always an emotional game for any player going against his former team, but it is usually a bigger deal when you played there for five-plus seasons.
I didn't re-hash the trade. I think we've discussed it enough. Instead, we discussed adapting to New Jersey, playing a much different system, travel from west to east and of course his mindset as he gets set to face his former team.
January 06 2017 07:00AM
Bakersfield Condor Taylor Beck, who has played in three games with the Edmonton Oilers this season, has been named as the lone representative from the Condors to the 2017 AHL All-Star game.
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January 06 2017 05:00AM
Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.