At the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was wheeling and dealing draft picks. At the time, it looked like the exact opposite of bold, moving down to collect lower draft picks. 15 months later, how do things look?


GDB -4.0: Make or break

The Oilers play four preseason games in the next six days, and for players on the bubble like Anton Lander, Jesse Joensuu, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Brad Hunt, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick, this week will decide whether they start the season in the NHL, AHL or CHL.



Ah it’s been quite a week. First we got to announce Jeanshorts is joining the Nation Network full time to head up our new video department. Then last Thursday we told you that The Royal Half has joined the Nation Network as our first American team site. And now today the grand daddy of them…


Monday Mailbag – September 29

It’s time to tilt your chair back to a comfortable position, because we’ve got over 2900 words of wasted company time coming for you in this week’s mailbag. As always, I need your questions to make this work. If you’ve got one, email it to me at [email protected] or hit me up on Twitter (@jsbmbaggedmilk) and I’ll…


Cherish your father

Unlike previous years, when I always found a connection between the amount of years since my father’s death to a memory from my childhood, this year nothing has connected me to the number 14. The 12th year of his passing reminded me of his favourite movie, The Dirty Dozen, but this year I recalled nothing…


Leon Draisaitl: The offence is ready, the defence a work in progress

The Oilers’ lopsided 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday featured a lovely combination of an inept offence and porous defence, but there were some exceptions to those trends. One of them was rookie forward Leon Draisaitl, whose defensive game could have been better but who looked far, far better than…


2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is Fantasy Hockey’s most detailed and helpful FREE fantasy hockey draft kit. With 300 player / goalie projections and analysis and a team-by-team season preview and breakdown, the 2014-15  DailyFaceoff Draft Kit is the only tool you will need to be successful on draft day.



This is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. If you’re an Edmontonian and you’ve never been, get in your vehicle and drive around our city: It’s very much the same. Saskatoon is by far Saskatchewan’s prettiest city, owing to actual water running through it (Regina Regina Regina: What WHERE you thinking?). Like Edmonton, Saskatoon has a wonderful history and…


#459194321 / gettyimages.com Would Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle or Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers have the first clue what to do if an opposing player jumped them or forced them into a fight? Could they defend themselves?



This is Kale Kessy. I believe he is the final transaction in the career of Steve Tambellini as Oilers GM—Tobias Rieder to Phoenix for Kessy—and it had that look of a terrible deal, one of those skill-for-nothing trades. Rieder looks like a million bucks, and Kessy—before training camp—looked exactly like a Coke Machine. And then…