July 31 2014 11:57AM
Is Darnell Nurse ready for the NHL? At this point no one can say for sure. He will be given every opportunity to make the Oilers during the preseason, and possibly for a few regular season games, but I still don't believe 12-14 games is enough time to know to make a proper assessment.
Determining if he is ready can't be gauged strictly on size, strength and skill, which Nurse has in abundance, because the biggest challenge most players face when making the jump to the NHL is reading and understanding the game.
July 30 2014 08:28PM
A year ago, I wrote "I don't think we'll see an Oiler rookie pass 30 games this season" which should have been your cue to bet the house it would happen. There were three rookies who passed 30 games in an Oiler uniform a year ago, making me look foolish! Never fear, I've got it covered this time!
July 30 2014 10:38AM
On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs shifted course dramatically on defenceman Jake Gardiner, signing the former University of Wisconsin standout to a five-year contract with an annual cap hit of $4.05 million.
In Edmonton, meanwhile, Justin Schultz remains unsigned. Could he sign a contract comparable to the one his ex-Badgers teammate just inked?
July 29 2014 09:44PM
The two best seasons to evaluate for prospects are 17 (the season they are drafted) and their 20-year old (usually first year pro) season. For Oilers fans, the 2014-15 season in Oklahoma City will offer a chance to see several impressive prospects make their pro debut. How will they perform?
July 29 2014 03:47PM
It goes without saying that talking the talk is one thing and walking the walk is quite another, but Nail Yakupov was saying all the right things when he met with members of the media at a hockey school being put on by the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.