The NHL Combine gets a lot of coverage, but what can it tell us? We used to get heights and weights from each player attending, but even that went south in 2015. Is there anything of value for fans? Yes.


Mark Arcobello: A Brief History

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and to ruin everyone’s week on a Tuesday, but something truly heartbreaking happened this morning.  Reporting that former Leafs, #Oilers #OKCBarons Mark Arcobello has signed 2 years with SC Bern (NLA). — Patricia Teter (@Artful_Puck) May 31, 2016 I’ll give you all a moment to let that…


Griffin Reinhart and the Expansion Draft

For a hypothetical expansion team, it’s hard to imagine a much better target than Griffin Reinhart. The 2012 fourth overall pick is still finding his way in the NHL, but has the potential to play for a decade or more in the league. It’s also difficult to imagine the Oilers protecting Reinhart in the expansion…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #33 Taylor Raddysh

Embed from Getty Images Coming in at the 33rd spot on the Nation Network’s list is self proclaimed power forward Taylor Raddysh. Raddysh’s size and scoring give him the look of a surefire first rounder yet his rankings tend to fall anywhere from the end of the first round to well into the second. After the…


North By NorthGretz Podcast – Kyla’s Mom

This week the boys are joined by the newest member of Oilersnation, Kyla the Intern! Chris recaps his tryout with the Edmonton Prospects baseball team, the gang talks about the resurrection of Justin Schultz, before diving into the season finale of 60 Days In, before jumping into another life affirming round of Ask The Idiots!


Monday Musings: Chiarelli ready to play his cards?

We are 26 days away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and more importantly, the timeline when Peter Chiarelli will have the best opportunity to re-shape his roster. The prospect of trading for a competent, top-four, right-shot defender is most likely to happen right before, or at, the draft on Friday, June 24th. We’ve already…


It is the time of the season (for some of us that will trigger a famous bass line) for rumors and speculation. For Oilers fans, most of the spring has been spent tracking down obvious defensive solutions and tacking on trade ideas to them. No harm there, but as spring pushes to summer, more teams…


Monday Mailbag – Last Competent Defence?

Remember last weekend? Remember how good it felt to not have to go into work on Monday after you spent the past couple days binge drinking and rolling in your own filth? Good times. Thanks for nothing, this week’s Monday! Now we’re all back to our jobs and trying to kill enough company time to…


Hockey People Who Know

Embed from Getty Images The case for analytics in hockey started on websites not unlike this one. It was largely fan/layman driven, but it was done publicly and every idea proposed was scrutinized. I think part of the hubris of the analytics community comes from the fact that many of their basic principles have been…


John Marino and his Tri-City Storm won the Clark Cup this spring, capping off a strong season for the Edmonton Oilers draft pick. The USHL is a quality league, getting better each season and delivering excellent prospects to NCAA leagues, the minors and eventually the NHL. We don’t get a lot of information on these…



Early this month, the Edmonton Oilers made a substantial addition to their prospect list by signing Drake Cagguila. Or at least that is what I choose to believe. The cynical observer might argue that Peter Chiarelli hired another youngster to insert directly onto the NHL roster. Which one is it?


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #34 Adam Mascherin

Embed from Getty Images Were Adam Mascherin two inches taller, it’s entirely possible we’re introducing him as the 24th overall prospect in our profile series. Height genuinely does matter though so he’s not. Mascherin enters the conversation as the 34th ranked prospect in our countdown. Mascherin, a versatile forward for the Kitchener Rangers of the…