November 01 2010 05:00PM
I remember the day Edmonton drafted Jeff Deslauriers. Kevin Lowe dealt Jochen Hecht to Buffalo on the draft floor for two second round picks and Lindy Ruff looked like a man who knew he'd just won the lottery. These many years later, Jarret Stoll (the other 2nd rd pick) has played in 444 NHL games; Hecht has played in 489 games for the Sabres. Miles and miles of miles and miles have passed, and Jeff Deslauriers is still trying to establish himself in the NHL.
November 01 2010 01:45PM
The Jeff Deslauriers experiment seems to have finally come to an end. The Oilers put Deslauriers on waivers today, and if no one claims him by noon EST tomorrow, he'll be sent down to Oklahoma City. Deslauriers was drafted 31st overall by the Oilers in June of 2002, and in his eight years with the Oilers he posted a record of 20-31-7 with a 3.27 GAA and .901 SV%.
October 31 2010 08:13AM
It takes years to properly evaluate a specific draft year. However, we can count the arrows (good and bad) for each player in a specific draft and the 2010 Oilers entry draft is tracking extremely well. We've discussed Taylor Hall, Martin Marincin and Curtis Hamilton in past weeks, and in the last 7 days Ryan Martindale has joined the party.
October 30 2010 09:46AM
Dustin Penner took up a seat on the Edmonton Oilers charter flight for games on the road in Calgary, Columbus and Chicago, but the enigmatic big man didn't accomplish much aside from occupying space.
October 30 2010 08:03AM
Opening night, 2010-11. The Edmonton Oilers--coming off the worst season in their history--had three highly touted rookies and 82 games ahead to show what they could do. It didn't take long for the youngsters to take it to the limit.