June 02 2012 10:00AM
The odds of it happening are about as likely as me ending up on the cover of GQ Magazine, but I can't help but wonder if there's a way that the Edmonton Oilers could come away from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft with Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting.
June 02 2012 07:21AM
Steve Tambellini put it out there yesterday: in order for Edmonton to give up the first overall pick it would have to be a "significant proposal" from another NHL team. What would it look like?
June 01 2012 10:52AM
Home field, home ice or home floor usually indicates some sort of advantage. It clearly isn't that important to the Los Angeles Kings this postseason, but there is usually some extra comfort in our home surroundings.
In the next few weeks the Oilers will introduce a few of this year's top prospects to the city of Edmonton, but mostly they will try and find out as much as they can about these kids. Nail Yakupov will be coming to Edmonton this Sunday for an interview, and some others will be in town soon after.
The Oilers did this in 2010 with Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. It makes sense. Doing interview after interview at the combine can be tiring and stressful for these kids, and in many cases the interviews are rigid. Having Yakupov and a few others come to town allows the Oilers to get to know these kids a bit better, as well as introduce them to the city.
June 01 2012 09:04AM
Nation Network correspondent Andrey Osadchenko caught up with recently signed prospect Kristians Pelss, and talked to him about playing in Edmonton, signing with the Oilers, and what it's like to be a Latvian hockey player trying to make the NHL.
June 01 2012 07:10AM
Anyone not familiar with the Edmonton Oilers might look at the last 3 seasons and expect a large overhaul of staff this summer. The more discerning fan will know it's all part of the plan, and in fact (for once) there are very few job openings. Edmonton will add players this summer, but in many cases will need to find a way to offload a current roster player in order to do so. How many expendable Oilers have good value? Tradeable value? Any value at all?