February 04 2016 09:19PM
Baggedmilk and many Nation readers departed today on the first annual Nation ski trip, and the undisputed leader of the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fan club asked me to fill in. I doubt I can match his antics, but here goes.
I'm sure BM and all the skiers will be in fine form tomorrow when they hit the slopes after celebrating the Oilers best road performance of the season. Edmonton crushed the Senators.
Final Score: Oilers win 7-2
February 04 2016 12:21PM
Connor McDavid and the Oilers faced the best possible opponent in their first game out of their ten-day break, defeating the defensively-challenged Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1. Tonight they face the Ottawa Senators, who have the second highest goals against average, 3.08, in the NHL.
The Oilers aren't a defensive juggernaut by any means, sitting 26th in GAA at 2.92, but Cam Talbot has been spectacular in 16 starts since December 14th, compiling a .936 save percentage and 2.01 GAA.
McDavid could not have asked for a more favourable schedule after a three-month hiatus.
February 04 2016 07:00AM
Connor McDavid has all the tools. He has the brains to think the game at the highest level. He has the hands to make plays with the puck that even the world’s elite marvel at. He has wheels reminiscent of a young Pavel Bure. And he has the vision to find his teammates and see plays that are difficult to spot from a bird’s eye view of the ice. However, what ties it all together to make him the most dangerous player on the ice is his aggressiveness. It’s not enough that he just has these gifts. His genius is in the way he challenges the opposing skaters to keep up to him.
February 03 2016 09:00PM
On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers placed left wing Luke Gazdic on waivers, clearing a roster spot for defenceman Brandon Davidson to come off injured reserve. It couldn’t have been an easy decision for the team, but it was the right one.
February 03 2016 07:11PM
The Edmonton Oilers drafted Joey Laleggia out of the University of Denver in 2012. He finished his college career, signed and then turned pro last fall. A combination of things—drafting older players, trading draft picks for immediate help—has the Oilers facing an offseason with very little coming down the pipe. What does it mean? If my math is correct, expect to see several college, graduating junior and pro signings to replace the graduating amateurs from the draft.