October 12 2016 07:53PM
The rink McDavid built officially opens tonight as the Oilers unveil their brand new downtown arena to the NHL. Wayne Gretzky, who was front and centre for many spectacular moments at the old Northlands Coliseum, will be attendance, as will Mark Messier and a host of other special guests. Their will be a 30-minute pre-game ceremony and the official puck drop won't occur until around 8:45 p.m. Alberta time.
The new arena has generated a lot of nearby construction and in two years, when phase one is complete, downtown will be bustling and much more vibrant. Oilers fans are hoping a new captain, along with thirteen new players from last year's opening night game roster, will equal a more competitive on-ice product than they've endured for the past decade.
October 12 2016 03:30PM
Leon Draisaitl will start the year playing at centre, but it seems virtually certain that he’ll also see right wing fairly early in the 2016-17 NHL season. Where he ultimately ends up is a key component of today’s What Would You Do Wednesday question: Should the Oilers run a relatively balanced three-line attack or load their scorers on two lines?
October 12 2016 09:00AM
Given the fact 97% of my dreams for the past month have been Connor McDavid related, this isn’t going to be a very complicated pick now or basically ever again for the next 10-15 years.
But after taking the courageous route yesterday and declaring nothing and no one in particular to be my GOAT for the year, it is imperative that I come out of the gates HARD with the star selection on opening night.
Decisiveness Wanye, make the big tough decisions.
You got this.
October 12 2016 07:00AM
With the deadline for NHL teams to submit their cap compliant 23-man rosters at 3:00 PM MST yesterday, the Oilers announced the 23 players set to start the season in Edmonton.
October 11 2016 09:35PM
The preseason has a couple major functions. Number one, they exist to get the veteran players back in game shape. Number two, they give clubs a chance to see where young or new players slot in on the depth chart. When it’s all over, the rust has been shaken off and teams know who is ready to perform and who is not.