December 26 2016 11:44AM
I don't think there are many who believe the current state of affairs in regard to Jesse Puljujarvi makes a lot of sense. The Oilers are keeping him in Edmonton and not playing him much (24 of 36 games, 11:39 ATOI per game). Up until today, most felt (and management suggested) a trip to the AHL might be the next step. This morning, a new wrinkle appeared and could factor into things.
December 26 2016 07:00AM
Happy Boxing Day, Nation! I hope all of you had an excellent Christmas with your friends and family, and I also hope that you're reading this from the comfort of your homes and not back at the office. If you have something you'd like to ask, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Now sit back, relax, and take in the soothing lessons of today's mailbag. Have a good week, everybody.
December 25 2016 07:33PM
For fans of the Edmonton Oilers, this edition of the World Juniors is going to be unusual. For many years now, the WJs boasted either fabulous Oilers draft picks (Jordan Eberle, etc) or featured teenagers who would soon be Oilers (Taylor Hall, Connor McDavid, Jesse Puljujarvi). This time, the Oilers have just two kids at the tournament, and are unlikely to be in the lottery. What can you look forward to? Lots!
December 24 2016 06:01PM
This is Jere Sallinen. Signed during the offseason with a resume that included KHL and Sm-Liiga time, he was part of the mix in training camp. We haven't thought about him for some time, but he remains in the organization trying to find his way up the depth chart.
Things change a lot from opening night to Christmas break, and there have been some changes in the depth chart. About midway through the season, let's have a look at the rising and dropping fortunes of Edmonton's 50-man list. (Photo by Mark Williams, all rights reserved).
December 24 2016 07:00AM
Photo Credit: NHL.com
For years, Oilers fans have had the pleasure of spiking their morning coffees with Baileys or dodging drunk Uncle Robert at family gatherings and settling in for a sneak peak of the Oilers’ future. The 2017 tournament will be a quiet one on the Oilers prospect front as Team Canada hopefuls Ethan Bear and Tyler Benson were left off the roster. The one Oilers fans will have their eyes on instead, is defenseman Caleb Jones of Team USA.