June 16 2012 06:21AM
This is Alexei Mikhnov. A dozen years ago the internet was alive with tales of "Traktor Boy" playing in near darkness and Oilers scout Kenta Nilsson nudging his SAAB alongside the outdoor rink to get a better view of the power and the glory. Edmonton's draft history is rich and bountiful in some places and barren in others. It's been an amazing ride.
June 15 2012 09:46AM
When we hear about Nail Yakupov’s injury, normally we’re talking about the concussion that put him out of Sarnia’s lineup in March. The 2012 Draft’s top prospect also suffered a knee injury at the World Juniors, and that injury may have given us a warped picture of his true level of offensive ability.
June 14 2012 05:05PM
We've been staring at the Oilers defense for what seems like decades. Six men who do the tough work every game, keeping themselves between the puck and their goalie. It's a tough job in any sport, but hockey decided to make these poor men do it on skates and at lightning speed. How many "actual NHL players" do the Oilers have on D? How many more do they need in order to be average?
June 14 2012 12:42PM
It seems as though the 2009 FMNF movement has taken a crippling shot to the beans with former Head Coach Craig MacTavish returning to the Oilers as the "Senior Director of VP of the Hockey Operations and Tambellini creeping."
June 14 2012 11:33AM
San Jose is in an interesting situation this summer. They recently acquired the rights to Brad Stuart from Detroit and are expected to sign him in the near future. With Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic populating the other three spots in their top-four, speculation has it that tough as nails rearguard Douglas Murray may be trade bait for the team.
Is he a player the Oilers should go after?