NHL Combine and the Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers spent the first decade of this century misfiring in the first round, while grabbing true value in later rounds. As baffling as the first rounders (Alexei Mikhnov, Jesse Niinimaki, Marc Pouliot, Alex Plante) were in the 2000 through 2009 period, later picks (Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Kyle Brodziak, Jeff Petry) had substantial…


Looking at the 2017 NHL Awards

For the first time in a long time, I’ll actually be watching the NHL awards ceremony come June 21st. Not just because the new expansion draft will take place at the same time, but also because the Oilers actually have a few (Connor) players nominated for some awards. Let’s take a look at what Oiler fans…


The 2016-17 Oilers Year End Report Card

Another Oilers’ campaign is in the books, you’ve had some time to reflect on what happened, and now it’s time to evaluate the 2016-17 season. Do you remember everything you need from this past run to make a fair and accurate critique? Of course you do. It’s report card time.


Driving Through a Patch of Ice

There are three things that I took away from Peter Chiarelli’s year-end press conference: 1) He acknowledges that the Oilers’ window is open right now. 2) He recognizes that the Oilers defence is not at the level of the clubs competing in the Western Conference Final. 3) Andrej Sekera is injured and will miss potentially half…


The Roundup

The Leafs shouldn’t trade JVR, could Canucks pursue Eberle, Flames should trade their first round pick, Chiarelli speaks in Edmonton, Shattenkirk wants to be the man, how scouting is changing, free agency, draft profiles and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.