Tuesday Tidbits: World Cup rosters, goalies and The Hip

There will be plenty of water cooler debate this week as the eight teams in the World Cup of Hockey will announce their final seven roster spots on Friday. Four Oilers are already on teams. Connor McDavid will play for North America (U24), Andrej Sekera and Leon Draisaitl are on Team Europe, while Lauri Korpikoski…



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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Sam Steel

Embed from Getty Images A player who has been flirting with first-round bona fides, but ultimately comes in as 37th overall ranked player in our consensus rankings, is Edmonton native and Regina Pats centre Sam Steel. Regarded as a smaller and shiftier centre, who possesses elite playmaking abilities and hockey sense. If Steel is still available in the early parts…


As much as we love hockey, sussing out goalies and their ability to stop the puck is a mystery to pretty much everyone. If you skim over past drafts trying to find successful patterns, the reasonable conclusion is for your favorite team to ‘get lucky’ and count it as a skill. Let’s look at last…


North By NorthGretz Podcast – Ball Water

This week the boys are joined by special guest, Instagram mega-star Allison Currie! Alley and the boys talk about eating frozen hot dogs, the Kassian re-signing, call-out various small towns in the greater Sturgeon County area, and Allison talks about her night with The Great One and awkward moments in the Rexall visitors room! Next…


Because It’s The Cap: Edmonton Oilers

Embed from Getty Images Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have. It’s…


Monday Mailbag – Nuge or Draisaitl?

My friends, it’s that time of the week where our panel of geniuses writers answer your questions in an attempt to explain a little bit about hockey and this universe we live in. For most of us, having Monday off means we can sleep in, enjoy a few AM beers, and (maybe) do something productive if the…


2015-16 Oilers: Pouliot/Eberle & any given centre

It has become commonplace in Edmonton to talk about the importance of building down the middle. To some degree, that’s because the hockey community at large has always (and in my view rightly) valued centres over wingers. It’s also a result of Oilers teams over the last half-decade that had a lot of talent on…



When Josh Winquist ended his WHL career (after posting 93 points in 67 games his final year) he went shopping for a pro contract. The Oklahoma City Barons answered the call, and Winquist has been posting offense in the Oilers organization since. Is it enough to get him an NHL contract?


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Nathan Bastian

Embed from Getty Images A regular linemate of likely first-round picks Alexander Nylander and Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian comes in as the 38th ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. A winger by trade, who can also play centre, Bastian is a player who can do it all but still has the offensive upside that…

How Often Was A Top 4 Defender On The Ice?

Embed from Getty Images When it comes to adding top 4 defenders this summer, most of us have already come to the conclusion that one is not enough. The Oilers are desperately lacking in quality on the blueline and have been for a long time. This isn’t news, but sometimes it’s interesting to look at…



Oilers fans are acutely aware of the problems facing the organization and the possible assets that will be used to satisfy procurement. You cannot read an article on the Oilers these days without reading about the team moving No. 4 overall, RNH, Jordan Eberle or any number of other options. It is also true the…