April 15 2011 12:07PM
Ryan Whitney is a very good offensive defenseman. He was taken with a lottery pick in the 2002 NHL Draft precisely because he married strong offensive ability to a 6’4” frame, and he’s shown time and again that he is well above average in the NHL at recording points from the blue line.
During his early years in Pittsburgh, Whitney showcased that skill, most memorably with a 59 point effort in 2006-07. That mark stood as the best of his career until this past season, which I think we must note as being superior. Through 35 games prior to injury, Ryan Whitney led the Edmonton Oilers in scoring with 27 points.
April 15 2011 07:42AM
It's fun to ponder which of the Oilers rookies had the best season, and to ask which of them will have the better career. A better question might be "can these kids help the Oilers win the Stanley in the next decade?"
April 14 2011 01:07PM
I'm flattered the question I put to Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini Wednesday produced all that quotable stuff about expecting to make the playoffs next season, but that's not what I was asking about.
April 13 2011 07:46AM
At last night's draft lottery (not a great television show but there was suspense--witness Bryan Murray's facial expressions throughout the proceedings) Oilers General Manager was resolute when asked if he wanted to be back on the lottery show next year: "Absolutely not!" he told James Duthie. IF the Oilers are serious about staying away from the dungeon, what would this summer look like?
April 12 2011 06:25PM
Every single Oilers fan on earth wants the 2011 Entry Draft lottery to go their way more than anything right now. But we are willing to bet not a single one amongst us would trade it for a real lottery win - like the one ol' Brad Duke here pulled in back in 2005. Having said that, the winner of the first pick in the 2011 Entry Draft is: