December 19 2012 11:00AM
I got an update from Todd Nelson on some of the Oiler prospects. We chatted about Magnus Paajarvi, Anton Lander, Martin Marincin as well as the Jordan Eberle and Taylor's quest to take on more of a leadership role. Nelson had some great insight into his young players.
December 19 2012 09:42AM
Dream Rivalry Alive
The Abbotsford Heat sit atop their AHL conference while the Barons are struggling to stay in the playoff picture
In Calgary this is greeted with great joy, dancing in the streets, and various acts of nefarious merriment with barnyard animals*. In Edmonton, well, that isn’t really our thing.
*This may or may not be true.
December 19 2012 07:25AM
Ryan Smyth came to the Oilers in the 1994 draft with the sixth overall pick. He is currently sitting at just over 1150 games and 800 points. Not too shabby.
That is a nice little career he has built for himself. Nearly a hundred playoff games in the NHL and he has skated for Canada many times with the highlight being the 2002 gold medal in Salt Lake City. What an event to have been a part of!
December 18 2012 07:13PM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is "Captain Canada" for this year's World Junior Championships. Edmonton's list of prospects at this year's WJs is shy of previous seasons, but those in attendance will pack a wallop.
December 18 2012 06:04PM
To many outsiders the Oilers were foolish to pass on Adam Larsson in 2011, and foolish again to pass on Ryan Murray in 2012. Fans and observers in other NHL cities were taking it as a given that the Oilers would try to balance out their developing core by adding blueliners at the top of the draft. When they didn’t the criticism came early, but died down fairly quickly as well. By the midpoint of last season I don’t recall anyone but the fiercest of trolls still criticizing the Oilers for taking Nugent-Hopkins over Adam Larsson. And certainly by the time the Oilers’ rookie camp had begun there didn’t seem to be much floating around about Ryan Murray being a better pick than Nail Yakupov.