Sean Monahan a cautionary tale for Leon Draisaitl, advanced stats for dummies, player profiles, prospect depth charts and more in this week’s Roundup


Would the Oilers want a do-over of the Hall, RNH & Eberle deals?

There’s a dichotomy that seems to exist between people who spend a lot of time covering the Edmonton Oilers and others who have a more general knowledge of the team. In my experience the former camp, by-and-large, seems pretty content with the deals that the Oilers reached with their best young forwards. The latter camp tends…


West preview…Smashville

With every passing day we are getting closer to training camp, and as more players arrive in town I will write about them, but I’d also like to look at the rest of the Western conference. We know what changes the Oilers made, and most agree the team has improved, but have they improved enough…



Since 2010, the Edmonton Oilers have been sending prospects to Oklahoma territory in order to grind their skills into useful assets. “Iron out the mistakes” I once heard it called, by a Triple A baseball manager, and that seems about right. I believe we’re about to see at least two very good rookie seasons from…


Photoshop Contest – The Finalists

This afternoon, Wanye and I locked ourselves in the war room at Nation HQ and went through over 50 photoshop entries to come up with the finalists.  The sad part about it all is that we were only able to choose 6 finalists. So many of you had great entries that Wanye and I almost…



It’s been obvious for some time now the Edmonton Oilers intend to start training camp, and likely the 2014-15 season, with rookie Leon Draisaitl sitting in one of the top three positions on the team depth chart at centre.



Boyd Gordon will be back, Matt Hendricks too, but the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to stretch a few forwards this winter. Many of the penalty-killers from a year ago (forward division) are gone, leaving a gap and an opportunity.


Draisaitl, Yakupov and the Middle Six

It seems probable that Edmonton’s top line for the majority of 2014-15 will be the incumbent trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Assuming that to be true, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has an interesting challenge in front of him: How can he carefully manage the minutes of both Leon Draisaitl and Nail…


Monday Mailbag – September 1st

Whether you’re reading this tonight, or you waited to read it on company time I welcome you to another edition of Mailbag Monday.  This feature is all about you guys, if you have a question you’d like ask just email it to me at [email protected] Sit back, relax, and learn something.  Enjoy!


The NHL Advanced Stats Cheat Sheet

This guide is an overview for the media and newcomers to the NHL’s advanced (or “fancy”) stats. It includes definitions of the key advanced stats concepts, plus an FAQ to clarify some of the typical inquiries about these measures. It is not to meant to be completely comprehensive; only a useful introduction to possession-based analysis.