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.
June 20 2014 12:36PM
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the negotiating rights to pending unrestricted free agent Nikita Nikitin. If they sign him, they will need to give the Blue Jackets a draft pick most likely.
Basically the Oilers got a window of opportunity that allows them to negotiate exclusively with Nikitin. They are able to try and negotiate a contract with him up until July 1st. Starting next Wednesday, other teams can talk to Nikitin, but they can't offer formal contracts.
Scott Howson traded for Nikitin when he was the GM in Columbus, and he knows him well. If the Oilers sign Nikitin before the draft they will surrender a pick this year, but if they sign him after the draft then it will be a pick next year. Either way it will be a late round pick. If they don't sign him, Columbus gets nothing.
June 20 2014 12:04PM
The tipping point: the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. Ladies, we're there.