September 16 2015 01:27PM
The Oilers rookies and U of A Golden Bears will meet for the 25th time tonight, but tonight's tilt will be the first played at Rexall Place. The previous 24 were played at the storied Clare Drake Arena, but Connor McDavid's arrival created a huge demand for tickets so they moved locations.
The Bears lead the series 13-11, but the Oilers did win 4-2 last year on goals from Bogdan Yakimov, Travis Ewanyk, Mitch Holmberg and Kellen Jones. The first game was played in 1988 and they played 22 consecutive years until 2009. Then it stopped for a few years, before starting up again in 2013 and 2014.
Chris the Intern
September 16 2015 01:14PM
Haven’t heard of the Capilano Rehab Centre? Well you will know about it now. Starting today, I, Chris The Intern, will be bringing you weekly injury reports on our beloved Edmonton Oilers and their next of kin, the Bakersfield Condors. I will be discussing the latest team injuries, and with some help from our friends over at the Capilano Rehab Centre, maybe give a helpful tip on preventing or healing said injury.
September 16 2015 11:11AM
Like you, I’m looking forward to seeing Connor McDavid when he and a roster of Edmonton Oilers’ prospects strap it on against the Alberta Golden Bears tonight at Rexall Place.
September 16 2015 08:00AM
Any general manager needs to have some idea of the way forward. In the case of the Edmonton Oilers, the path is obvious in some cases. Connor McDavid, for example, should be a fixture for as long as he’s healthy and willing to play in Edmonton. On the other end of the scale, expensive stopgaps like Teddy Purcell and Nikita Nikitin are unlikely to get another contract with the Oilers.
That brings us to Justin Schultz, the undeniably talented and exceedingly controversial defenceman who could plausibly be with Edmonton for another 10 years or be gone within the next 10 months. Armchair general managers, your question this week is this: What would your plan for Schultz look like?
September 15 2015 04:00PM
Darnell Nurse arrives in pro hockey during a period of transition for the Edmonton Oilers organization. The club is feeling the burden of inflated contracts from under-performing veterans while also wanting to be patient with close to NHL-ready options. We know men like Nikita Nikitin and Andrew Ference have a 'due date' that extends to the end of their current deals, but could strong performances by the youngsters during training camp and in the fall hasten their departure?