June 07 2016 07:47PM
We have been operating under the general understanding that the top of the draft is written in stone. By the time Edmonton drafts at No. 4 overall, all of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi will be off the board. A funny thing happened at the Memorial Cup, and Matt Tkachuk may have pushed his way into the conversation. What happens if Tkachuk goes No. 3?
Chris the Intern
June 07 2016 12:45PM
We learned last week that the NHL is going to debut advertisements on the jersey's during the World Cup tournament as a "test run." The way I see it, almost every aspect of watching hockey right now is monetized. It would be nice if the NHL could keep at least ONE aspect of the game un-touched by corporate money, especially the jerseys. Unfortunately the truth of the matter is that this was bound to happen, and we can't do anything about it.
June 07 2016 10:56AM
Tyler Benson entered the season as someone who could hear his name called in the Top 15 of the 2016 NHL Entry draft, but injuries derailed his season before it even began.
Now the former first overall WHL bantam pick finds himself falling in draft rankings simply because there are too many questions marks for a player that had very few to start the year. Our consensus rankings have him holding onto one of the final first-round spots because we think there is enough talent for a team to take the risk.
Benson checks in as the 29th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
June 07 2016 07:00AM
As quickly as the Edmonton Oilers had raised the expectations of fans with a return to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the highly favoured Dallas Stars in the spring of 1997, they stuck a pin in that balloon at the start of the 1997-98 season by getting off to a 5-10-5 start in their first 20 games.
June 06 2016 07:45PM
This is Anton Slepyshev. He was part of an unusual set of trades at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. GM at the time Craig MacTavish took the advice of his scouting department and traded down—twice—in order to add selections. I found it interesting at the time, and decided to follow it every season for five years (we are now through three seasons) to see how things turn out. Here is this summer's look.