May 09 2016 12:50PM
The Oilers signed Drake Caggiula to a two-year entry level deal on the weekend. Caggiula won a NCAA National Championship with North Dakota this spring, and the 5'10, 185 pound left shooting forward turns 22 in June.
Many NHL teams were trying to sign him, but he chose the Oilers, likely due to the lack of skilled forwards in their farm system -- Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov and Kyle Platzer are their best skilled forwards. Josh Winquist had 8-22-30 in 35 games in Bakersfield this year, but he was on an AHL-only contract. He's arguably the most skilled forward prospect they have in the AHL, but he isn't signed.
Caggiula gives them some organizational depth, but we should be cautious when predicting his NHL future.
May 09 2016 10:44AM
Travis Hamonic is a stud. He is exactly what the Edmonton Oilers need if they’re serious about returning to contention. If GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t already picked up the phone to resume talks with Garth Snow now that the New York Islanders have been eliminated from the playoffs, he should do it now – and offer anybody not named Connor McDavid to get the deal done.
May 09 2016 09:00AM
What's up, OilersNation family? It's emergency call-up goaltender Cat here with some goaltender takes for you to digest on this fine Monday morning.
Let's talk acquisitions.
May 09 2016 07:00AM
The weekend is over, you're back at work, and you need a way to kill some company time until the Connorversary Party on June 24th at the Pint Downtown. With that, I introduce another edition of the Monday Mailbag. The mailbag only works because of you guys, if you have a question you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the break from productivity, my friends.
May 08 2016 01:00PM
As we start to approach the middle of the second round for rankings, things start to get interesting. The grouping of 51st to 47th has four defenceman and a winger who could conceivably go much earlier in June.
As we get to the middle of the second round, the ranked players become more and more intriguing. This grouping includes a former first overall pick in the QMJHL draft, a defenceman who put up 59 points, a standout at the U18's, the younger brother of a former 4th overall pick in the NHL and defenceman from the USDP with a high offensive ceiling.
We will reference the Prospect Graduation Probabilities System (pGPS) throughout this piece, a more indepth explanation can be found here. But simply put, the system is used to see how often statistically similar players graduate into the NHL. It isn't used as the only point of reference or analysis, but is a complimenting tool to give us another angle to analyze these draft hopefuls.