Countdown to the season question 18: Individual point projections

In question 17 we looked at each division and who makes the playoffs. Today, we’ll project individual point totals. Can Connor McDavid reach 100 points in consecutive seasons? No player has won back-to-back Art Ross trophies since Jaromir Jagr won four in a row from 1998-2001. He will also try to become the first player…


By the Numbers: Exactly how good are the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers have put their decade of embarrassment behind them and are on a new path of respectability. The Oilers are a good team now, but how good are they? Are they among the league’s contenders, or just a pretty good team who has a chance once they make the playoffs? This is a…


Adam Larsson named Alternate Captain

The Edmonton Oilers have solidified their leadership group for the 2017-18 season, naming Adam Larsson an Alternate Captain. In doing so, Larsson has become the first Swede in Oilers history to have a letter on his jersey. Larsson will join Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic as guys with an “A” while Connor McDavid continues to…


GDB 1.0: No More Pillow Fights

In the 1980s and early 1990s, the Battle of Alberta was indeed a battle. The games were fast, quick, nasty and filled with as much anger and intensity as skill. They were must watch TV, at least the ones which were televised, and fans, players and media in both cities couldn’t wait until they faced…


Early October Air

If there is a more hopeful time than just before the season starts then I have surely not experienced it. Everything is possible and pure in early October. The dreams of children and grown men are restored once again. Only the ice is fresher than faces of the rookies wearing sweaters that hang off them…


The Way I See It: Fearless Predictions

I could tell you I’ve spent untold hours compiling statistics and running numbers to come up with exactly what I think will happen during the 2017-18 NHL season, specifically with the Edmonton Oilers, but that would be a damn lie and it would hurt my brain, so, well, no. That’s better left to somebody else….