February 09 2014 10:45AM
Be Bad for Ekblad. Death Rattle for Draisaitl. The early draft chants for 2014 aren't exactly poetry, and the sheer number of them tells us there's no clear cut favorite for the top spot this time. The new year does bring us some clarity, and the top 5 seem to be surrounded. Here's a guess about the current lay of the land for the 2014 NHL entry draft.
February 08 2014 08:52PM
Joe Sakic spoke the other day about the Olympics and how he felt it’s better to play in the games and stay sharp while the majority of the league is resting or vacationing.
For a team like the Oilers, having gone 5-1-1 In their last 7, it would probably be best to just keep rolling, wouldn’t it?
February 08 2014 03:18PM
Martin Marincin is establishing himself as a useful NHL player. The Edmonton Oilers can reasonably project Marincin as a member of the 2014-15 blueline, either as a strong callup or perhaps as part of the opening night top 7D. If he makes the team next year, Marincin will carry a "value" contract of $730,000. These are vital for teams who are spending $6M a player at the top end. How many "value" contracts under $2M do the Oilers have?
February 08 2014 10:21AM
The Edmonton Oilers enter the Olympic break on the upswing, having gone 5-1-1 over their previous seven games, primarily thanks to strong goaltending. The break gives the organization a breather to take stock of where they are at and chart their path over the last quarter of the season and into the summer.
Let’s take the opportunity here to do the same.
February 07 2014 09:13PM
The trade for Ben Scrivens looks like a quality move by Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. However, Oiler fans have gone from "well, maybe Scrivens will be okay" to "why didn't they sign him right away!?!?!" and Oiler management is being cast as incompetent in a whole new way. The Oilers have something of value for young Srivens—beyond money. That one thing is probably the key to signing him, and doing it in due time.