September 18 2015 11:19AM
The Oilers hit the ice at 10 a.m in Leduc and Todd McLellan wasted no time setting the tone at practice. Thirty seconds into the first drill, he blew the whistle and reminded the players to move their feet at all times. "Practice with pace," he said.
The drill was a simple one. Players lined up in all four corners. They would leave in pairs from each end, make one cross-ice pass below the ringette line, skate with speed through the neutral zone, the puck carrier would pass it off at the offensive blueline, then drive the net and the puck carrier would shoot. Very simple, but he wanted them to drive the net. McLellan is adamant about driving the net.
September 18 2015 09:15AM
The Oilers 35th training camp opens today with an overwhelming vibe of positivity. Oilers fans have not been this excited about a season in a long, long time. A new team president, general manager, head coach and the best prospect in the last decade have given Oilers fans optimism that their team will once again be competitive.
The Oilers begin their on-ice sessions with 59 players, and you should expect that number to drop rather quickly.
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September 18 2015 06:45AM
Jake Virtanen stands out in Van, Harvey the Hound one of Flames All-time greats, Nylander will make it hard on Leafs, Ehlers ready to make the jump, protecting Connor McDavid, the NHL's growing image problem and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
September 17 2015 10:00AM
The prospects who get drafted are the ones who work hard, produce well and have the dimensions that NHL clubs want. It’s an uphill battle even for the players whom an NHL club has already put their stamp of approval on -- they won’t all make the NHL. Then there are the ones who didn’t get drafted. They also worked hard, but maybe they didn’t start producing until they were older, or didn't have the physical dimensions that NHL clubs dream about. If the drafted group succeeds it’s because they should have. If they fail then the NHL club suffers. If the undrafted group succeeds it’s found money. If they fail, then nothing has been lost.
September 17 2015 08:00AM
Anybody who plays almost 1,000 games in the NHL, as Dean McAmmond did, can’t be labelled a disappointment. For me, though, McAmmond, who played 303 regular season games with the Edmonton Oilers, was one of those players who leaves you wanting more.