January 08 2015 02:46PM
The Oilers' recent track record of developing players has not been good. Too often they have rushed players to the NHL, or in some cases to the American Hockey League. However, their decision to send Leon Draisaitl back to the Western Hockey League, finally, was correct and hopefully a sign that the organization is going to be more patient with their young players moving forward.
January 08 2015 01:43PM
As of this writing there hasn’t been an official announcement, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Oilers have made a move in their front office, elevating Bob Green to a position of oversight over all scouting.
January 07 2015 07:25PM
Tonight in Kelowna, Leon Draisaitl resumes his junior career on a loaded team looking to go deep into the WHL playoffs and perhaps gain entry into the Memorial Cup championships. The last couple of days have been fascinating to watch, as various hockey people from the NHL and WHL have chimed in on the young man's future.
January 07 2015 02:30PM
Well Nation it's that time of year again. The Oilers were all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by November, complete apathy had set in well before Christmas, and we're scratching days into the wall of our cell as we countdown to another draft lottery. And just like we have for the past 5 seasons we've hit a fork in the road.
January 07 2015 12:38PM
Matt Fraser is five days younger than Jordan Eberle, but not much else about their hockey career paths is the same. They both played in the WHL. Eberle in Regina, while Fraser played eight games for Red Deer before being traded to Kootenay and playing four full seasons for the Ice.
Eberle was a first round pick, 22nd overall in 2008. Fraser went undrafted. At 20, Eberle was an NHL rookie, while Fraser was playing in final season in the WHL. The Dallas Stars signed the 20 year old to a three year entry level deal in November of 2010, and he debuted in their organization with Texas of the AHL in September of 2011.