September 27 2016 02:42PM
The way I see it, he has three games to make his case. Tops. After three more preseason games (at the most) Leon Draisaitl will return to the Oiler lineup, done with his duties on Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. By then, if Drake Caggiula hasn’t shown head coach Todd McLellan that he can be an effective player down the middle then he’ll probably have to wait for injuries to strike before the chance opens up again.
September 27 2016 12:00PM
Hard-luck forward Tyler Pitlick made the most of an unexpected appearance and looked like a keeper instead of a long shot. At the same time, heralded blue-chip rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, deemed by many to be a sure thing to crack the Edmonton Oilers’ line-up out of training camp, looked anything but.
Yet another reminder that it’s early, very early, in the pre-season -- split squad games against the Calgary Flames produced a 4-2 win at Rogers Place and a 2-1 decision down the road in Cowtown Monday – and that it’s a fool’s game to read too much into any single season performance, that small sample size thing, in terms of the bigger picture.
September 27 2016 10:44AM
Todd McLellan wasted no time in shrinking the Edmonton Oilers' training camp roster Tuesday. The morning after the club's first significant pre-season contests, the Oilers announced seven cuts, reducing the cap roster down to 51 names.
September 27 2016 07:00AM
Entering preseason, I think biggest decisions are 3rd line centre and 2nd & 3rd line RW. My hunch is that both RNH/Draisaitl start in top 6.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) September 26, 2016
Yesterday, Oilers play-by-play voice Jack Michaels put out an interesting thought looking at the Oilers roster makeup. Does it make sense?
September 26 2016 01:05PM
The Oilers and Flames will do preseason battle in Calgary and Edmonton tonight. Fans in Edmonton will get to experience the NHL hockey in the new rink for the first time, while Flames fans are anxiously waiting for GM Brad Treliving to announce he's signed Johnny Gaudreau to a lengthy contract extension.
Usually, in the first home preseason games, the home team dresses many of their best players to reward the fans, but that won't be the case tonight in either city for different reasons.