October 03 2013 10:31PM
Having spent not one minute in medical school, you can pass off what my eyes are telling me as rank speculation, but I'd be surprised beyond words if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn't ready to play when the Edmonton Oilers open a six-game road trip in Toronto Oct. 12.
October 03 2013 08:30PM
The Oklahoma City Barons roster looks set now, and some of the things we discussed earlier (where's the offense going to come from?) have been solved by the names who didn't get NHL jobs. The opening night lineup has plenty of surprises and a lot of NHL experience. The quality prospects are mostly defensemen.
October 03 2013 03:35PM
Fans are becoming more and more interested in the inner workings of the CBA, specifically the salary cap. I know not everyone loves it, but Scott Howson came on my show before the season started for some CBA 101.
October 02 2013 06:04PM
Mark Arcobello graduated Yale in 2010 and signed at the very bottom of the hockey business--an ECHL contract with no major league affiliation. That's not exactly the end of the earth for a pro prospect, but you can see it from there. Arcobello's story--small forward with skill--results in a career ended long before the NHL a large percentage of the time. However, once in a long while a player hangs around long enough, scores enough, impresses enough people, and finds his way.
October 02 2013 09:20AM
Jesse Joensuu made a solid first impression in his new Oilers jersey last night. He scored, had five shots, won lots of battles and showed a willingness to go to the tough areas. Dallas Eakins admitted one of his coaching mistakes last night was not using Joensuu more, and if he keeps playing with the type of desire he'll get more icetime.