September 25 2014 04:56PM
For years now we've been waiting for that 2010 entry draft to stand and deliver. I've argued for a long time that it's impossible to measure a draft's success in the short term (unless it's obvious, like Taylor Hall or Troy Hesketh) and in 12 months I think we'll be able to safely make the call on the Oilers 2010 edition. How is it going?
September 25 2014 02:30PM
Between the Penticton Young Stars tournament and the early results of the preseason, Edmonton fans have been treated to some surprisingly good performances from players in Oilers sweaters.
Among the best of those performances has been that of Bogdan Yakimov. The 6’5”, 232 pound Russian hasn’t looked like a player struggling to adapt to North America, and between his massive size and his ability with and without the puck he’s managed to get some fans thinking about the possibility of him playing NHL minutes in 2014-15.
September 25 2014 12:11PM
Hold on to your lederhosen - the Nation Network family is growing again.
September 25 2014 10:08AM
Vladimir Tkachev picked up two assists last night, and instantly his hype reached unhealthy levels. Have Oilers fans not learned from the past? I recall many fans and some media blaming Craig MacTavish for holding Rob Schremp back. The Oilers also held back Linus Omark in the eyes of many.
In both cases the players were over-hyped due to their offensive exploits in junior or on YouTube, and after they left Edmonton people realized that the Oilers hadn't held back their talents. Their talents just weren't good enough to be NHL players.
Please don't do the same for Tkachev, the kid doesn't deserve it.
September 25 2014 07:00AM
Last night in Winnipeg, Nail Yakupov was put on the left wing of Edmonton’s first line, playing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. The line didn’t play very well; Yakupov was terrible.
Early in the second period, Dallas Eakins bumped Yakupov down to the second line and back to right wing. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle took off, and Yakupov was much improved.