Some of the leagues that house Oilers prospects are winding down their regular seasons and getting ready for the playoffs. Among other things, that may mean juniors like Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear could get in some AHL time with the Bakersfield Condors before the minor league season is over. It’s been a big week,…


Aapeli Rasanan and the Longer Road to the NHL

Late last month, Edmonton Oilers draft pick Aapeli Rasanen announced his commitment to play at Boston College in 2017-18. Assuming he spends a full four seasons at the university level, which means he won’t be entering the Oilers minor-league development system until 2021-22. In my view, that’s likely a good thing. Proud and honored to…


Finally . . . .

If you were inclined to list all of the reasons why it’s taken the Edmonton Oilers an entire decade to get up off the floor they’ve been face-down on since making it to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final against the Carolina Hurricanes, you’d have to use most of your fingers and toes….



I have been thinking about prospect Joey Laleggia lately, about his skill set, his recent move from defense to left wing, and about his future in hockey. My guess is that hockey men, in more colourful language than I will use here, will suggest Laleggia is going to peak out as a solid AHL player,…


Cam Talbot, Most Wins by an Oiler in 16 Years

Last night, Cam Talbot stopped 33 shots for his sixth shutout and 36th win of the season. Cam Talbot impersonating your favourite wall certainly isn’t news, and we all know that he’s closing in on Fuhr’s record, but it’s getting to win number 36 that I want to talk about.


Top 100 Oilers: Joe Murphy (26)

By the time I arrived here in late December of 1989 and was told by my editor at the Edmonton Journal to follow Jim Matheson over to Northlands Coliseum, stay the hell out of the way and help him with coverage of the Oilers, many of the big names from the teams that had already…


Team USA’s Boycott Speaks Volumes

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono On March 31st the USA National Women’s Hockey Team was set to take on Team Canada in a preliminary game at the Women’s World Championships in Plymouth, Michigan. As history would indicate, Team USA and Team…