September 08 2014 11:34AM
It's Monday, once again, and we're here with another edition of the mailbag. Each week, I take your questions (email me at email@example.com) and send them out to our writers for their opinion. As always, I got a bunch of great questions, but I need questions for next week. If there's something you want to know email me your question, and I'll do my best to get it posted ASAP. With that, here is this week's mailbag. Enjoy!
September 07 2014 06:29PM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an impressive power-play performer and a developing two-way talent, but to listen to some people he's not much at all. If it's possible to consider a former No. 1 overall selection underrated, the Nuge is it. He's the Rodney Dangerfield of hockey—and when he arrives as a complete talent there's going to be a lot of crow served on a big damn platter.
September 07 2014 11:07AM
It’s perfectly understandable after eight seasons out of the playoffs that fans of the Edmonton Oilers want to see their team back in the post-season mix, but if that’s the expectation, you’re in for another year of frustration.
September 06 2014 03:38PM
Anton Slepyshev is a skill-winger of note playing in the KHL. Edmonton drafted him in 2013 as an overager, and have been biding their time until the Russian's contract expires. It's likely they'll sign him (if he's willing), so we're left to watch and wonder what he'll bring if he plays in North America.
September 06 2014 08:25AM
I haven’t written much about Iiro Pakarinen because I don’t know a lot about him, really – YouTube clips, assorted scouting reports, plus the fact that Edmonton felt strongly enough about him to sign the winger to a two-year entry-level deal.
There are some interesting points, though, and in considering the roster I wonder if he isn’t well-set to mount a challenge for an NHL job in 2014-15.