February 27 2011 09:55PM
From a physical standpoint, the Oilers didn’t look bad tonight: they showed they could hold their own against the big, bad Bruins. There were three fights and while Theo Peckham lost a spirited bout with Nathan Horton, James Vandermeer grinned his way through a marathon fight with Milan Lucic while Andrew Cogliano and Brad Marchand also engaged.
It was the actual on-ice puck-shooting and goal-scoring contest where the Oilers couldn’t compete. Boston fired 40 shots on Devan Dubnyk, while the Oilers could only respond with 17 on Tuukka Rask.
February 27 2011 02:54PM
Stu MacGregor generally gets a lot of credit for his work since taking over as the point-man for the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Entry Draft. I thought it might be interesting to revisit his selections and compare them to the players selected in the same range of picks, to evaluate how his group has done versus other NHL scouting groups.
We start with the 2008 Draft.
February 27 2011 02:46PM
Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin went first and second in the 2010 draft, and they will always be linked together because of it. Tonight the two T's will square off for the first time, but right now they are on completely different development curves.
Hall is playing 18 minutes a night on the 30th place team, while Seguin is getting 12 minutes a night with the division-leading Boston Bruins. Hall is the more dominant player right now, and while he doesn't see it as a rivalry, he admitted it will be fun to line up against Seguin tonight.
February 27 2011 07:40AM
This is a big trade deadline for Steve Tambellini and the Edmonton Oilers. The biggest prize available is within their grasp, and in this case "it's an honor just to be nominated" isn't good enough.
February 26 2011 11:34PM
Over 24 games played this season, Devan Dubnyk has posted a 0.910 save percentage and that has driven an 8-8-7 record on a woeful Oilers team. That performance has given him a leg up on basically every other goaltender in the system, as his competition (Khabibulin, Deslauriers) have struggled since the opening puck drop of 2010-11.
Is it a mirage?