June 29 2015 09:29AM
It's the first McDavid Monday of the new era and we couldn't be more excited! All I want to do is read about him, gaze upon him, and kill as much work related time as possible. Enter the Mailbag. Want to be a part of it? Just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. As a thank you, I'll send everyone that submits a question a sticker package from the Nation. Questions don't all have to be Oilers related, so be creative.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 29 2015 08:00AM
The summer has quietly arrived. The weather is nice, people are looking for things to do, and unfortunately, watching hockey isn't one of their options. We've got lots of off-season stuff to talk about, but no games to watch. Of course, that's a first world problem; there are much more unfortunate things out there -- such as the thousands of Canadian families who aren't able to afford to eat, especially in the months after holiday donations dry up.
Enter Five Hole For Food; an organization that aims to solve the latter via a solution for the former.
June 29 2015 06:00AM
Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports
The free-agent pool for 2015 lacks a complete defenseman but does offer a substantial offensive player in Mike Green. The Washington Capitals blue liner has majestic career stats that tower over most of the free agents available and he is one of the 10 best offensive producers from the 2004 entry draft. He turns 30 in October, is close to 600 NHL games in his career, and posted 45 points in 2014-15 for the Caps. What is Mike Green's actual value, and how far is that number from what he'll get? The mind boggles.
June 28 2015 01:59PM
The Edmonton Oilers brought home some NHL players and prospects who may be NHL-ready from the 2015 draft. As we head toward free agency—RFA and UFA—it's important to know who is on the 50-man list and how much room remains. Things get tight in a hurry!
June 28 2015 11:05AM
The Oilers made the correct pick at #1. They happily selected Connor McDavid, and then presented him with the new orange jersey. The Jersey looked great, and the Oilers even put McDavid's number on the back, a sign they've known for months they were taking the Erie Otter star. Peter Chiarelli informed us he told McDavid prior to the draft they were taking him, but Chiarelli was happy to see McDavid was a bit nervous on the stage.
He is only 18 and he just fulfilled one of his dreams, being drafted, and goals, going first overall, and the excitement of the moment wasn't lost on him. I saw McDavid in our hotel lobby hours after the draft and he was still beaming. He was elated to go first overall.
That move was expected, but what the Oilers did with their 16th pick overall pick was not.