June 22 2015 11:33AM
Over the weekend came news that the Oilers were conducting a housecleaning in their amateur and professional scouting departments. The professional side is hard to judge without knowing exactly what was said, though it must be admitted that the Oilers have done a poor job of adding veteran pros for many years now. The amateur side is more interesting, particularly since we can compare what the Oilers have done over the last few years with what Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins managed over the same span.
June 22 2015 09:30AM
A Mailbag-less Monday is like a Connor McDavidless Oilers - not nearly as much fun. The weekend is over, you're back at work, and you need a way to kill some time. Luckily, we're all in this together. The mailbag only works because of your questions, and if you have something you'd like to ask you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Enjoy the break from productivity, friends.
June 22 2015 08:00AM
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The outcome of the Stanley Cup Final will, in many ways, vindicate Stan Bowman's decisions at the trade deadline this year. He spent big to get Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen (a combined cost of two second-round picks, a first, and a decent prospect) and hadn't, for most of the playoffs, gotten much out of them.
There wasn't much of a surprise there with Timonen, because the guy is like 112 years old and coming off a very serious health concern that almost ended his career. But the performance of Vermette, which has only began to sort itself out late in the run, long seemed a point of concern to say the least.
We're obviously working with a very limited data set here (just 39 games from the regular season through the end of the playoffs) but 4-6-10 in all situations and a sub-50 percent possession number on a team as good as Chicago is deeply problematic. Which goes a long way toward explaining his getting just 13:35 per game from Joel Quenneville; he hasn't averaged that few since he was a sophomore in the league, back in 2005-06.
At best, Bowman was "vindicated" with a Cup win (in much the same way the Tomas Kaberle trade once didn't-matter after the Bruins won the Cup), but at worst, the Vermette and Timonen trades could look like terrible decisions.
And though he came on late, the fact that scoring two goals in six games was a coup probably throws Vermette's price in the UFA market into serious doubt, if nothing else.
June 21 2015 08:35PM
The NHL draft is this week and the Edmonton Oilers list is (close to) set. As you know, the Oilers have reportedly fired four scouts (via various sources) and clearly will have a different look next season. What area did the forensics identify? Why were these moves made now?
June 21 2015 12:11PM
Father's Day is a bittersweet day for me, and I'm sure for all of you who have lost your father. I'm blessed to have a healthy, happy son like Beckett, but as many of you know my father passed away 15 years and today is one of those days I miss his presence. I don't look at is a negative, just a sad reality, but when I walked into Beckett's room this morning at 6:40 to get him up,his smile and laugh filled much of the void in my heart.
We ate breakfast, went for a walk and played trucks in the backyard. Pretty much the perfect morning. On our walk I told Beckett some stories about his grandfather, and while he is too young to understand all the words, it was nice to share a laugh with my son while being reminded of my father.