April 10 2011 08:08AM
It has been years--decades--since the Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a rookie crop like the 2010 kids. Offense is their calling card, but they're not one dimensional, and the forwards are backed up by a quality defensive prospect and a goaltender who could end up being the starter for years to come.
April 10 2011 12:10AM
There's not much question Devan Dubnyk took immense strides toward proving himself capable of being an NHL starter with the Edmonton Oilers this season. Is he all the way there yet? No. Does he warrant a longer look? Absolutely.
April 09 2011 07:50AM
When Edmonton Oiler fans talk about adding "grit" or "crust" these days, it's almost exclusively in regard to the skill lines. The club has all kinds of role players who can crash and bang but as the JF Jacques experiment a year ago showed us, "hands" are a vital part of the package. It's early, but it looks like the Oilers may have uncovered a gem deep in the heart of Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor's first draft as scouting director.
April 08 2011 04:14PM
The Minnesota Wild are 5-0 against the Oil this year and have outscored them 20-8 this season. Against the rest of the league the Wild average 2.3 GPG, but they've been an offensive juggernaut v. the Oil averaging four goals a game. Don't you miss the early days of the Wild; I bet the Oilers do.
In their first 12 games against the Wild the Oilers went 10-0-2, but since then they are 15-28-2-5. The Wild limp into Rexall tonight fresh off a 5-0 drubbing by the Canucks last night and without Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, Cam Barker, Marek Zidlicky and possibly Chuck Kobasew and Cal Clutterbuck. Kobasew didn't play last night due to a personal matter, while Clutterbuck was a late scratch due to food poisoning and he'll be a game time decision.
April 08 2011 03:27PM
Agent Wade Arnott and the Edmonton Oilers continue to talk about a new contract for Ryan Jones. The bottom line, as always, will be, well, the bottom line -- how much and for how many years?