June 23 2014 01:20PM
I love this time of year. The rumour mill will be overflowing leading up to the draft, trades will happen, free agents will be courted and the Nation will be filled with various opinions and debates.
Here are some of the story lines I will be following....
June 23 2014 10:52AM
It's Monday morning, none of us want to be working, and we're looking for ways to kill time - enter the mailbag. As always, this feature is completely dependant on you guys. If you've got a question you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.
June 22 2014 03:55PM
There are things you see that force a double take, and that was the case earlier today when I found out the big brains at Extra Skater added a new item on their menu. It's a 'tool you can use' if you're a fan of the draft and CHL prospects, and frankly, it's one big damn deal.
June 21 2014 11:30PM
The Edmonton Oilers and their fans are used to having a front row seat to every summer's entry draft. The last time the club drafted outside the top 10 was Jordan Eberle in 2008, and even then it wasn't their draft slotting (this was the Dustin Penner offer sheet season—by the way those picks for Penner? Tyler Myers, Justin Schultz and Kirill Petrov). This season, it's No. 3 overall again.
The Oilers have been doing this NHL draft thing since 1979, and there's a lot of trivia over 35 years.
June 21 2014 01:44PM
The Oilers are in the midst of another very important three-week stretch where Craig MacTavish will try to shape his roster so the Oilers can compete for a playoff spot instead of the first overall pick next season.
The free agent interview period starts Wednesday, the NHL entry draft is on Friday and free agency officially begins in ten days.
I spoke to MacTavish on TSN 1260 this week and he shared his thoughts on the draft, analytics, free agency and his plans for the next few weeks.