July 14 2016 07:00AM
After more than 1000 games in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators, Jason Smith cemented himself as a true journeyman defenceman: A leader, a captain and one hell of a warrior. When his playing days ended in 2009 with the Ottawa Senators, he took a few years off only to be later hired by the Ottawa squad in 2012 as a team consultant. This move triggered a chain of events that has now seen him land as the head coach of the Kelowna Rockets
July 13 2016 06:27PM
If the Edmonton Oilers can't get a puck-moving defender at the NHL level, perhaps finding—and developing—this player-type is the wise route to take. There are some impressive talents bubbling under in the AHL, and one or more could be available in the next several months. Here is a quick look at the best offensive defensemen in the AHL during 2015-16. (Photo by Mark Williams)
July 13 2016 03:10PM
As of right now, Jordan Eberle is far-and-away the most established right wing on the Edmonton Oilers’ roster. The team has some interesting options behind him, but not a lot of proven NHL talent. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask whether the current depth chart is good enough, and if not what options our readers would look at.
July 13 2016 01:08PM
We all knew this was coming, but today the Oilers made it official. Jesse Puljujarvi has signed a three-year entry level contract.
July 13 2016 11:15AM
Tyler Pitlick debuted in the Oilers organization on October 9th, 2011 in Texas, as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons. He had an assist in his second game, and tallied a goal and an assist the next night. It was a fantastic start, but his next 220 pro games have been filled with anger, frustration and pain.
In five pro seasons Pitlick has played 196 games in the AHL and 27 in the NHL, but he's missed 156 games due to injury. He's missed 61 NHL games and 95 in the AHL.
Injuries have been a major factor in his inability to become a regular NHLer, however, last September during Oilers training camp and preseason Pitlick, in his own words, laid an egg and was sent down.