Chris the Intern
June 21 2016 01:00PM
The Edmonton Oilers released their 2016-17 regular season schedule this morning. There are some games of note, some long road trips, back-to-backs and everything in between. Here's what you need to know.
June 21 2016 11:43AM
In last week's Top 10 Tuesday we looked at the positives from the season that was and this week we'll talk about the not so admirable Oilers moments of the past season. I think we put up with enough negativity by simply having to watch the Oilers try to play hockey, but I’m going to attempt to spin these moments into a positive light to save your eyes from forks and livers from more alcohol...
June 21 2016 05:00AM
Clayton Keller enters the discussion as our sixth-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Measuring in at 5'10" and 170 lbs, there are concerns that due to his size, Keller may have issues at the professional level. However it's clear that his skill level is so high that he should be able to overcome that and be a very good playmaker for years to come.
June 20 2016 10:00PM
Mikhail Sergachyov built a strong case as the draft's best defenceman in his first year with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. The Russian defender, who was selected sixth overall in the CHL Import Draft last summer, checks in as the seventh-ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
The Spitfires played Sergachyov, an OHL rookie, primarily on their top pairing and used him in both phases of special teams. Sergachyov shined in those minutes, amassing the highest points, primary points and goals among first-time draft eligible defenceman in the OHL -- well ahead of Olli Juolevi and Jakob Chychrun. Those accolades pushed Sergachyov up draft boards and built a strong case for his Max Kaminsky Trophy award, given to the CHL's top defenceman.
There's a lot to like about Sergachyov and very few boxes unchecked on the long list of qualities one hopes for in a top pairing defender. Sergachyov can skate, hit, pass and is an ace in transition. He's also a right-side defender, in spite of his left-handedness. Let's take a look at this late-risers long-term NHL prospects, on the other side of the jump.
June 20 2016 08:13PM
One of the things that made Andrej Sekera attractive to the Oilers last summer—besides being the best defencemen on the free agent market—was versatility. He’s a two-way defencemen who does a little bit of everything and has experience playing both sides of the ice.
Given that experience, should Edmonton plan to bump him to the right side of its defensive depth chart, thereby clearing space on the left side and filling a need on the right?