September 15 2011 07:30AM
Wouldn't it be great if NHL phenom's names formed anagrams that spelled "future Gretzky" or "lock for a Hart" or something that gave us a clue about their future? Well, they don't, and the fact is that all kinds of things can get in their way. An organization building for a better tomorrow is well advised to procure talent in large bunches. For the Edmonton Oilers--under the leadership of Stu MacGregor--mission accomplished.
September 14 2011 04:24PM
The Oilers and Flames will wrap up their young stars tournament tonight, and for the second straight year the Oilers won't be playing their first overall pick against the Flames. Last year, Hall didn't face Flames and tonight Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will sit in the stands, and many people who cover the Flames think it's a "cheap" move.
The Oilers choose when Nugent-Hopkins plays, but I don't think it is coincidence that the first overall pick won't be facing the Flames. It's just a small little dig at their provincial rivals.
September 14 2011 01:16AM
Two nights after showing the Vancouver Canucks their offensive firepower, the Oilers elected to show they have the best goaltending in the tournament as well. Tyler Bunz faced 24 shots, including numerous excellent scoring chances, and stopped all of them enroute to a 2-0 shutout..
The Oilers weren`t able to generate many quality chances despite outshooting the Jets 27-24, but after a weak point shot from Ryan Lowery - that Jets` netminder John Corrazzi should have stopped - made it 2-0 it became the Bunz show.
September 13 2011 11:49PM
The Oilers’ prospects played their second game of the pre-preseason earlier this evening, lining up against the Jets’ rookies. After the jump, random scattered thoughts on the game and the players.
September 13 2011 06:03PM
Ales Hemsky's surgically repaired shoulder and Ryan Whitney's re-attached ankle tendon aren't 100 per cent and could keep them out of the line-up when the Edmonton Oilers open their pre-season.