May 19 2011 05:00PM
If the Edmonton Oilers are going to be an impact team in this decade, the 2010 draft will serve as a foundation. Unlike previous seasons where the club lacked a 2nd and 3rd rd pick (2008) or went off the board in search of needs (2009), the 2010 draft combined three vital items: a strong scouting staff, an enormous opportunity and a quad-venti order of luck.
May 19 2011 07:21AM
The prevailing wisdom among followers of the NHL draft is that 5 years is the earliest possible point to pass judgement on a specific draft. While boring, it makes a lot of sense: 5 years gives college kids a chance to play all 4 years and junior kids can play 2 and then begin their pro careers. After five, everyone should have played at least one season in pro hockey. However, how long before a bad draft begins to smell? Not long.
May 19 2011 12:33AM
This is Brian Sutherby. 26th pick overall in the 2000 Entry Draft, a Silver medalist at the 2002 World Juniors and now 460 games deep in his NHL career. And today he makes his first appearance of a regular series over the summer on NationRadio.
Also on the show this week is James Mirtle, Terry Jones and Oliver Gabriel who has just been signed to a 3 year contract by the Blue Jackets.
May 18 2011 09:45PM
We're getting early indications, via Twitter from Edmonton council member Don Iveson, that council has voted 8-5 in favour of a motion "to approve a framework" for an arena deal. While this vote doesn't constitute a "done deal" by any stretch, it's a significant step in seeing the project move toward the day shovels go in the the ground.
May 18 2011 11:18AM
Watching the talent, skill, heart and grit on the Lighting, Bruins, Sharks and Canucks and it becomes even more clear that the Edmonton Oilers have a long way to go before contending for a conference title. I know the Oilers are in rebuild mode, but I hope their management staff has been keeping close tabs on the ingredients these four conference finalists have mixed together to be successful.