January 23 2014 07:11PM
If the Edmonton Oilers don't trade their first round pick in 2014, there's a very good chance they'll select Aaron Ekblad. The Buffalo Sabres are loaded with young defensemen and are likely to take a forward, and Edmonton looks like a good bet to finish 29th or 30th overall. Unless another team wins the lottery, the Oilers are going to have a chance at the big man.
January 23 2014 10:39AM
Going back at least as far as the day the Edmonton Oilers drafted Sam Gagner, fans of the team have been taught to place their reliance in young up-and-comers.
It is an easy mindset to fall into on defence, where the problems are many and top prospect Aaron Ekblad may join an already strong prospect group at this summer's draft. As tempting as it sounds, general manager Craig MacTavish cannot afford to make the mistake of falling into the trap of thinking the solution is youth.
January 22 2014 10:32AM
Coaching has been an oft-discussed potential reason for the Edmonton Oilers’ collapse this season. While nobody claims that it is coaching and coaching alone that has the Oilers where they are, some wonder whether general manager Craig MacTavish didn’t make a mistake when he chose Dallas Eakins to replace Ralph Krueger.
How does Eakins’ team compare with that of Krueger, and of Tom Renney at five-on-five?
January 21 2014 11:44PM
The Edmonton Oilers fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Canucks held the edge in play and in scoring chances, particularly at even-strength. The Oilers kept the score close but could generate almost nothing offensively when the top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle were off the ice.
After the game, head coach Dallas Eakins faced some rather pointed questions about the Oilers' physical play. And he replied with some equally pointed answers.
January 21 2014 06:58PM
We're at a point in the season where we can safely begin looking forward to summer activities. The procurement of players to help win hockey games in 2014-15 has to be on the mind of management. One internal option for the Oilers this off-season: bringing back the Finn! Harski's winter in the land of Dr. Zhivago could end with a one-way ticket to good old our town. Is he better than Joensuu? Ryan Jones? Can he win a job over Tyler Pitlick?.