August 06 2014 02:37PM
How many goals should we expect from Justin Schultz and Co. on the Oilers’ blue line next season?
More importantly, how do reasonable (your mileage may vary) projections for both the defence and the team as a whole compare to the results posted by last year's playoff teams in the West?
August 06 2014 11:49AM
On paper, he shouldn't be there. Based on pedigree, he doesn't make the invite list. Greg Chase is making a habit of beating the odds, and this time it's the national entry at the Christmas tournament Canadians love more than Timmy's coffee: The world junior team.
August 05 2014 05:33PM
The emergence and growth of analytics and advanced stats in the NHL has grabbed its share of headlines in recent months and that was the case again today with news the Edmonton Oilers had hired Toronto lawyer and avid fan Tyler Dellow to join their hockey ops department.
August 05 2014 11:07AM
If you’re like me, Tyler Dellow’s website mc79hockey.com is a must-read. Or, at least, it was a must-read. The site went down last night, and this morning TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Dellow had been hired by an NHL team.
That NHL team? Apparently the Edmonton Oilers.
August 04 2014 10:39PM
There is no development timeline that works for every defenceman, however, it is obvious that the vast majority of them require more seasoning in junior before playing in the NHL.
There are extremely rare exceptions like Drew Doughty -- who can maintain their confidence and poise and within two years be one of the best defencemen in the world -- but most D-men, even the top-end ones, need more time in junior, college or the minors to develop their game.
If you believe Darnell Nurse should or will play in the NHL this season, then his developmental curve would be one we've rarely seen.