June 18 2014 03:21PM
Last week, I smashed my face on my desk until I could put together 3 thoughts to talk about. I don't know how Elliotte Friedman (huge pickup for Sportsnet by the way) manages 30 thoughts every week, the guy must do nothing but ponder life's mysteries. Either Friedman is constantly in a state of wonder or my brain is an empty warehouse that echoes with every pin drop. (You don't need to answer that). Either way, this week I wonder about buyout windows, trading NHL players for picks, and the Draft Party. Let the arguments begin!
June 18 2014 01:25PM
For my money, the last two weeks of June leading into the annual NHL Entry Draft and the free agent season are the most fun for fans, media types and armchair general managers alike. That holds especially true in a hockey hotbed like Edmonton. Here we are again.
June 18 2014 11:25AM
The 2014 NHL entry draft is nine days away, and there has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of the Oilers, Flames, Panthers and Islanders possibly trading up or down. We rarely see much movement within the top-five picks, so it it unlikely these teams trades spots, but in the past we have seen many teams trading up or down once you get past the first ten picks.
Most of those trades occur in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds, and often we debate if it was a good move. The Columbus Blue Jackets' director of hockey administration and resident analytics guru, Josh Flynn developed a chart that would rank the value of a draft pick, and it gives us some insight into whether those draft day deals involving picks are good moves or not.
June 18 2014 10:56AM
Craig MacTavish continued his rounds of the local media on Tuesday with an appearance on Oilers Now. In a wide ranging interview with host Bob Stauffer, MacTavish covered a lot of ground, but particularly interesting was his pragmatic view of what Edmonton needs to do at this year’s draft.
June 17 2014 12:26PM
It’s been known for a week that Oilers farm coach Todd Nelson was being considered for the vacant NHL head coaching position in Carolina. On Tuesday, TSN’s Darren Dreger revealed that he was still in the running for that job.