September 16 2014 03:22PM
Pretty much without exception, there is always at least one surprise during the lead-up to the NHL season, and generally there are multiple surprises. How much weight should we give a standout performance from an unknown? How worried should we be about a struggling veteran?
Oddly enough, an 18th century Englishman can help us with the answer.
September 16 2014 07:47AM
Taylor Hall enters his 5th NHL season as one of the most dangerous scorers in the NHL, but the 22-year-old spent the summer analyzing his game in hopes of becoming even more dominant this season.
How much better can he be? According to the first overall pick in 2010, he can improve significantly.
"I believe that I’m far from a finished product," responded Hall when I asked him where he feels his game is at. He spent the summer getting stronger, but also watching video from last season and picking out aspects of his game that he wants to improve.
September 15 2014 08:55PM
Oilers PK flattens to 1-3 formation. Craig (90, right) to close lane if he gets middle lane containment from forward. Weak-side forward is loose, but Flames line change leaves him without a job at the moment.
The Nations Network sent this Jets Nation writer to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I'm judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.
The rivalry feeling started before puck drop with the heathens from the south (people from Calgary can't view this site, right?) yelling "Oilers Suck!" during the anthem and making the singer laugh. But when Travis Ewanyk tried to take BIll Arnold's head off early in the first, things became heated.
The rest of the game was the story of split squads - each team having outrageous skill at the top of their lineup, and a thirst for violence at the bottom.
Inside are notes on the evolving team play followed by my scouting reports on each player's game.
September 15 2014 02:30PM
The weekend is over, you're back at work, and you need a way to kill some time. With that, I introduce another edition of the Monday Mailbag. The mailbag only works because of you guys, if you have a question you can email it to me at email@example.com. Enjoy the break from productivity, my friends.
September 15 2014 12:40PM
Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins occupy positions at the top of the marquee and the pay scale with the Edmonton Oilers, so it’s no big surprise GM Craig MacTavish expects them to perform like it.