June 07 2016 07:00AM
As quickly as the Edmonton Oilers had raised the expectations of fans with a return to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the highly favoured Dallas Stars in the spring of 1997, they stuck a pin in that balloon at the start of the 1997-98 season by getting off to a 5-10-5 start in their first 20 games.
June 06 2016 07:45PM
This is Anton Slepyshev. He was part of an unusual set of trades at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. GM at the time Craig MacTavish took the advice of his scouting department and traded down—twice—in order to add selections. I found it interesting at the time, and decided to follow it every season for five years (we are now through three seasons) to see how things turn out. Here is this summer's look.
June 06 2016 05:30PM
Only 19 days until the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Seeing the Oilers pick in the top four is nothing new, but the expectation of them to make a significant trade is heightened compared to previous years. The Oilers simply didn't have the depth at forward to consider trading one of their scorers, but the arrival of Connor McDavid, and emergence of Leon Draisaitl, allows GM Peter Chiarelli to move a skilled forward in the hopes of landing a right-shot defenceman.
I'll admit the anticipation of a move has me more intrigued by the Oilers than I have been in a decade.
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June 06 2016 01:46PM
This week Chris gets fired up about music bingo, the boys talk Sidney Crosby the cheater, overtime nuggets, and wrap up the Memorial Cup before Chris hosts a round of the Newlywed Game with JS and BM!
Then it’s another life affirming edition of Ask The Idiots in which the panel gives you advice to propel you forward in life.
June 06 2016 11:04AM
Build down the middle. Up front, this means having good centres. Talented wingers are a nice luxury, but a 1-2 punch at the middle of the ice is vital to victory.
Size matters. It’s important to have a big team overall, but even more important to have big centres and big defencemen, so as to combat the bruising cycle game of the Kings and Ducks and Blues.
And please, just ignore those Chicago Blackhawks.