June 26 2016 03:26PM
If the Edmonton Oilers are going to trade Nail Yakupov this summer, it would seem doing it now is a good idea. Teams still have balls in the air, needs to be addressed, and problems they would like to get rid of before everyone hits the beach for summer. Where is the Russian phenom headed?
June 26 2016 12:35PM
The Edmonton Oilers were unable to secure a top defenceman at this summer’s NHL Draft. This is certainly concerning, but the good news for the Oilers is that they were not alone: Nobody secured a top defenceman. In fact, outside of a swap of somewhat comparable second-pair defenders between Buffalo and Florida, no NHL defender of any importance even moved.
Leaving aside the unlikely possibility that no defencemen are going to be traded at all this summer, that means there’s still action to come.
June 26 2016 10:02AM
As a fan of the NHL, few things have more appeal to me than the draft. I became interested during the lead up to the 1971 draft (junior hockey was front page news that year) and never really left. During the period just before the draft, fans are gifted with several tools—Bob McKenzie's list, NHL combine attendees and process—to help us follow along. How did the Oilers do? Let's have a look.
June 25 2016 03:13PM
There’s reason to believe that plans were likely changed at the last minute for the Oilers at the 2016 Draft. They weren’t supposed to be drafting in the top 3. In fact, the NHL’s new lottery rules made Edmonton the first team to drop more than a single place in the draft order. They should have been drafting 4th. Well, technically they did, except Columbus excused themselves from using their top 3 pick to select a top 3 player. Win, Edmonton.
June 25 2016 12:56PM
As entertaining as the selection process was, the 2016 NHL Draft was shockingly quiet on the trade front. The Edmonton Oilers weren't able to make any moves over the course of the draft, which is a bit of a surprise because it was widely expected that at the very least the club would be trading Nail Yakupov.
It didn't happen, and when asked about the lack of movement Oilers G.M. Peter Chiarelli had some interesting comments.