April 21 2012 12:26PM
In two playoff games, Tyler Pitlick has two goals for the Oklahoma City Barons. Marry this sudden offensive performance with an NHL-calibre frame and a reputation for physical play, and perhaps it isn’t a surprise that Pitlick’s name is increasingly popping up in the comments section of Oilers’ websites.
Could he be the third-line centre of the future?
April 21 2012 10:14AM
The NHL has suspended Raffi Torres for 25 games as a result of his hit on Marian Hossa.
April 21 2012 08:32AM
Tobias Rieder is another of Stu MacGregor's "after 100" picks. He is tracking very well after being selected outside the top 100 in his draft year and he could be a "draft steal" if he can keep it going.
April 20 2012 01:00PM
The Edmonton Oilers are blessed with two young centres who are bona fide NHL players in the here and now, and who are only likely to get better with the passing of time. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in 2011, and Sam Gagner, the sixth overall pick in 2007, are both excellent NHL talents and both fit nicely into the age group of the young forward corps the Oilers have assembled.
Unfortunately, neither stands 6’4” and weighs north of 200 pounds. Do the Oilers need to dump one of the two in exchange for an upgrade in size down the middle?
April 20 2012 11:08AM
Eric Johnson was the last D-man taken first overall. The Blues selected him ahead of Jordan Staal, Jonathon Toews and Nick Backstrom in 2006. Pretty much every draft rankings had Johnson rated #1 heading into the draft, so it wasn't a shock that the Blues took him, but historically taking a D-men that high won't guarantee you the best player or even the best defenceman in the draft.
Looking at the past ten draft classes, with at least three completed NHL seasons, it is pretty clear that the Oilers would be better served to take the best forward, instead of the best defencemen in the upcoming draft.