Embed from Getty Images I’m a sucker for underdogs and longshots. That’s why I’ve always liked Patrick Maroon. That, and the fact Maroon is big, bottom-six tough and has shown he has top-six hands when he keeps his gloves on and just plays the game.


The Monday Mailbag – How did the Oilers do at the Deadline?

It’s mailbag time again. It’s that time when you have all the things you’ve always wanted to know about the NHL, and about life, answered by our panel of bloggers life coaches. I like to think of us as a much cheaper alternative to a college education. As always, this feature depends on you guys so I need you…



The Edmonton Oilers are on their home stretch and some of their prospects have completed their seasons. Bogdan Yakimov is done in the KHL—and back in the AHL—and there are some prospects spiking late in their seasons. Let’s have a look.


First Star, Worst Star: March 6th, 2016

Spring is in the air, the last few reminders of winter are slowly melting away, and golf courses all across North America are preparing to be inundated with Edmonton Oilers. It’s also Sunday, which means it’s time for another edition of First Star, Worst Star! 



<br> Tonight in Winnipeg, two teams far from the playoffs get together and battle for two points. We are at the point in the year where GMs and fans are somewhat divided on the value of those points, but for this fan I say full speed ahead.



Dillon Simpson (in photo, by Mark Williams) is in year two of his pro career, 111 games and miles of skating and defending closer to his NHL dream. Defensemen like Simpson are very hard to monitor for fans, because the boxcar numbers (39, 2-10-12) don’t really tell us the story of their game. A substantial…


Is Griffin Reinhart a long-term fit with the Edmonton Oilers?

The trade which brought Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers was controversial the moment it was announced. The player is a known quantity in Edmonton and inspires strong feelings thanks to his time with a very successful Oil Kings club. The price paid to acquire him was extreme. Finally, there are a number of complicating…


Calder Hopes

Embed from Getty Images The Oilers are entering the final stretch of the season and, as usual, the team isn’t playing for anything other than pride. There is almost literally nothing on the line every night, except perhaps an improbable individual award for Connor McDavid.


What if Brandon Davidson can play the right side?

Brandon Davidson played just over 25 minutes against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Then, on Friday, he played just under 25 minutes against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The results of those games were very different, but Davidson’s play on a pairing with waiver claim Adam Pardy never waned. He delivered effective minutes for Edmonton in…


GDB 67.0: Creating a competitive culture

The Oilers have finally created a competitive culture. Todd McLellan didn’t mince his words after an uninspired effort vs. 4-1 loss to Ottawa on February 23rd. He was disappointed. He was concerned about the spirit of his group, but he was also very blunt when I asked how they eliminate the major errors, “Maybe we…