May 09 2016 04:30PM
The Edmonton Oilers must have had a plan for the 2014 draft, but two years later, that plan remains unclear. Perhaps the organization was concerned about not having enough room on their 50-man list, assuming the 2012 and 2013 drafts would have filled the organizational holes and sustained them for a decade. Peter Chiarelli is filling the void this spring with college and European signings, a rational approach to a lost draft summer.
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May 09 2016 03:00PM
This week the boys recap the Nation draft lottery party, try to figure out why Oiler fans refuse to trade the first round pick, and play a game of 20 questions with Chris The Intern before being ATTACKED BY A WASP during another illuminating round of Ask The Idiots!
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.