September 11 2013 02:44PM
For all the rookies, today is a great day. It is their first day of main camp, shaking hands with veterans and trying not to look too excited as they attend their first day of training camp. Realistically, the only rookie with a chance to crack the lineup is Oscar Klefbom, but that won't dampen the enthusiasm of the next few days for all the young players.
The rookies aren't the only ones excited though. The veterans are just as giddy about the possibilities that await the 2013/2014 Edmonton Oilers.
September 11 2013 09:31AM
The Oilers main camp starts today, and the team released its roster via Twitter this morning. There aren’t any major shocks, but there are a few names Oilers fans might not recognize.
September 10 2013 05:47PM
To hear some people talk, Taylor Hall's move from wing to center is a radical thing, something that should be avoided at all costs, mistrusted. Folks, this isn't handing lead guitar to Bill Wyman, Taylor Hall can play. There's every chance he'll do well in the middle. The more interesting question is this: should he stay at center if it works?
September 10 2013 02:30PM
The Oilers’ rebuild has hit on a basic problem. The top end of the forward group is made up of NHL difference-makers, players ready or very nearly ready to contribute to a contending team. The top end of the defence corps is still very much a work in progress.
September 10 2013 08:38AM
The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They're judging your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.
The Oilers played their final game of the tournament against a stripped-down Canucks team that put Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, and Jordan Subban in the seats next to me. Though losing every game of the tournament by a combined score of 17-6, a few players had statement games to distance themselves from the train wreck. The team also made their intended system much more clear in this game, returning to a two-man forecheck, tight gaps in transition, and centre playing below the defencemen in the defensive end.
With Eakins talking about an aggressive system to get the puck back at the NHL level, we can speculate about whether the young prospects were being taught a stripped-down version. Khaira did much better with the system this game, chasing less across the zone and staying in the middle, while Roy and Schaber continued to excel in the defensive aspects of the game. So long as Ewanyk doesn’t make the NHL squad, the system might even work. Let’s dig into the game.