May 02 2016 09:00AM
We knew it was coming, but it took less than 24 hours for the hot takes to start rolling in about the way the draft lottery panned out. The 30th placed team won. Edmonton missed out on the top three. Now, unless Winnipeg or Columbus do something stupid, the Oilers will miss out on the two Finnish forwards many of us were dreaming about. But Edmonton doesn’t need forwards so this is clearly a blessing in disguise, right?
May 02 2016 07:00AM
I hope all of you are having a fantastic lottery weekend! Me personally? I partied on Saturday and paid for it Sunday morning, and I almost feel like I didn't get a full weekend as a result of the hangover. If you're like me the mailbag is here to provide a distraction and waste valuable company time. If we can't help you waste company resources, what's the point of being here? If you have a question for the mailbag, email me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.
May 01 2016 08:06PM
For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.
For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the Chicago Blackhawks.
May 01 2016 01:37PM
The Ontario League (OHL) has an enormous crop of draft-eligible players ready to be selected by NHL teams in the 2016 draft. The league that has supplied legends from Orr to Gretzky to Lindros to McDavid will not produce the top pick, the second pick or (likely) the third pick. After that? Look out.
April 30 2016 04:30PM
The NHL Draft Lottery may be a poor substitute for playoff hockey, but for the last decade it is pretty much all that fans of the Edmonton Oilers have had to cheer for.
However, while the on-ice results have not been kind to Edmonton, the off-ice ones certainly have. Four times in the last six years, the Oilers have won the draft lottery and the right to select first overall; at this point, the team is basically a lottery dynasty.
On Saturday night, the team tries to #MakeItFive.