September 14 2013 10:32AM
Dallas Eakins has been making waves since taking over as head coach – he’s a man of definite opinions and hasn’t shied away from expressing them. On Friday, he took a shotgun to a particularly puerile complaint: players showing off.
September 14 2013 08:46AM
Nail Yakupov is a splendid hockey player and an absolutely incredible quote. He's a flashy guy with a great deal of loyalty and continues to endear himself to Oilers Nation by saying exactly the right thing at the right time. The result is a growing bond between player and fanbase--I dare say that if the Yak Celly reaction happened today, critics would have been quiet that night (and that's not a bad thing). Nail Yakupov is larger than life, an emerging legend, and it's our good fortune to be along for the ride.
September 13 2013 07:42PM
AHL teams have been grinding talented kids into a fine white powder and churning out checkers and role players to the NHL for 77 years. The pipeline to Edmonton from Oklahoma City has delivered Jeff Petry and little else so far; do the Oilers have anyone knocking on the door this fall? Are the Barons ahead of the Oilers own past in graduating AHLers to the best league on earth?
September 13 2013 03:01PM
Ever watch a TV show a couple times, decide that it sucks and then get completely shocked when it comes back for a second season? Yeah, StreakCred is exactly like that. Except that it doesn't suck. It's super fun. And this time we have a free preseason to get you hooked real nice like see?
OH AND THERE ARE TROPHIES THIS TIME AROUND
September 13 2013 07:33AM
The Oilers first day of training camp started with the RHIET (Repeated High Intensity Endurance Test) and finished with a solid focus on defensive zone coverage. The RHIET six lengths of the ice, back and forth, had pretty much every player skating straight-legged for the final two sets.
After the players finished their RHIET they had some time to recuperate, before heading to the adjacent sheet of ice for the rest of practice, where much of the practice revolved around D-zone coverage. The Oilers have been a train wreck in their own zone the past few years, and none of them seemed surprised that day one had a strong focus on the defensive zone.