With the Edmonton Oilers having dropped into the fourth slot at the NHL draft lottery, there’s been plenty of discussion about whether Oiler GM Peter Chiarelli will keep the pick, flip the pick and move down or trade the pick as part of a bigger package to acquire immediate help.


Playoffs are ruthless

I’ve long believed great players don’t need a Stanley Cup to be considered among the elite. Of course it helps, but you need to be on a great team to win the Cup. I’ll be very surprised if we see a team match the Blackhawks’ three Cups in six seasons during the next few decades….


Undervaluing The Pick

I’m ready to trade it. I don’t want it. I want it to be a defenseman who can play in the NHL…yesterday. The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft belongs to Edmonton and I couldn’t make it belong to someone else fast enough. But, am I undervaluing that pick? Have Oiler fans so used…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #44 Markus Niemelainen

Embed from Getty Images It’s a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6’6″ and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so…


The Roundup

Leafs need to be careful using LTIR for Cap space, Canucks player awaits fathers trial for alleged murder conspiracy, Flames coaching carousel and missing out on an additional first round pick, no Hamonic to Edmonton or anywhere else, Phil Kessel’s Cup run is karma for doubters, Pierre McGuire, Alex Ovechkin, the NHL’s Top fighters and more in…